Syria - Bombing in Eastern Ghouta (20 February 2018)

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Sweden and Kuwait, which drafted the measure, requested the vote "as soon as possible", the Swedish mission said Wednesday, adding that it will likely be scheduled for Thursday.

"How much cruelty will it take before the worldwide community can speak with one voice to say enough dead children, enough wrecked families, enough violence, and take resolute, concerted action to bring this monstrous campaign of annihilation to an end?"

On Tuesday, Syrian pro-government forces entered the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, just south of the Turkish border.

The civilians of the war-ravaged town of Ghouta in Eastern Syria are pleading for global attention after the pro-government forces backed by Russian Federation, pounded the city in a relentless offensive that reportedly killed more than 250 people in the past 48 hours, according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Since then, activists say more than 60 children have died and at least 1,400 people have been injured, and another hospital has been put out of service.

Rebels have also been firing mortars on the districts of Damascus near eastern Ghouta, wounding two people on Wednesday, state media reported.

Another resident told BBC, "The missiles and the mortars are dropping on us like rain". "Humanitarian questions, including humanitarian aid, humanitarian access, have become perhaps the most egregious example of the "double standards" of the United States and their adherents in the approach to the entire Syrian dossier", Sergey Ryabkov told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday.

Eastern Ghouta is home to more than 400,000 people living under crippling regime siege, with little access to food or medical resources.

Eastern Ghouta, controlled by militants and besieged by Syrian government forces, is included in one of the Syrian de-escalation zones established in accordance with the May 4 decision made by Russia, Iran and Turkey, the three guarantors of the Syrian ceasefire.




Army of Islam official Mohammed Alloush and Nasr al-Hariri, who heads the committee that represents the Syrian opposition, described what is happening in eastern Ghouta as a new "Holocaust" committed by the government and its backers Iran and Russian Federation.

Conditions in eastern Ghouta, besieged since 2013, had increasingly alarmed aid agencies even before the latest assault.

"It's beyond imagination what is happening in East Ghouta today", he said.

The bloodshed prompted the United Nations children's agency UNICEF to issue a largely blank statement saying "we no longer have the words to describe children's suffering".

Ingy Sedky, a spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who has been posted in Damascus for two years, said she has "never witnessed such an intensity in shelling within the city". "In some areas of Ghouta, entire families have no safe place to go", Ms. Gasser said. "We can not let history repeat itself".

The push for a vote came after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a halt of the "war activities" in Eastern Ghouta, Syria's rebel enclave which has come under a fierce bombing campaign by government forces.

"It's imperative to end this senseless human suffering now". They were repelled by Turkish shelling.

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