Published: Thu, March 01, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Turkey Welcomes UN Ceasefire Resolution on Syria

Turkey Welcomes UN Ceasefire Resolution on Syria

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire across Syria "without delay" to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded.

Air strikes and shelling on Sunday killed four people in eastern Ghouta and injured 27 others, it said.

Eastern Ghouta has remained under a crippling regime siege for the last five years, which has brought the district to the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe.

Syrian government forces began the bombardment Sunday before a planned ground operation to recapture the opposition-held area.

The area, home to about 400,000 people, has been under a crippling siege by Assad's forces since 2013 as they attempt to wrest control from the armed opposition operating there.

"As they dragged out the negotiation, the bombs from Assad's fighter jets continued to fall".

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. Warplanes have pounded the region for seven straight days while residents holed up in basements.

The Syrian Civil Defence in Damascus Province said aid at least one man was killed in Saqba town, one was woman killed in Hamoria town and one man in Otaya town.

There was no immediate comment from the Syrian military.

Dr Sakhr al-Dimashqi, a surgeon at a clinic in Ghouta, said several shells hit some towns in the suburbs and six wounded people were treated at the clinic.

Almost 130 children and 75 women are believed to be among the dead.

The new fighting appeared to deal a blow to the authority of the United Nations and justify scepticism expressed by Russian officials about the viability of a ceasefire imposed from outside.

Russia's United Nations envoy Vasily Nebenzya had said the ceasefire would not be possible without agreements between warring factions.

The UN resolution called for the truce to begin "without delay" but did not set a specific timeframe, following Russian objections.

"Now we must implement this resolution to save the lives of Syrian people and to deliver humanitarian aid".

"Our government will reserve the right to respond as it deems appropriate in case those terrorist arms groups are targeting civilians in any part of Syria with even one single missile", Ja'afari said.

Syrian government's use of the term includes jihadist groups such as former Al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and rebel forces.

"Inaction in the face of unrelenting attacks on civilians represents an epic failure of world leaders", they write in The Lancet.

"It is gratifying that the U.N. Security Council has noted the ongoing work actually carried out by Iran, Russia and Turkey as guarantor countries of the Astana process", the ministry said.

Earlier in the day, Iran echoed Russia's stance and supported the provision of the resolution, which says that the truce in Syria does not cover terrorists in Eastern Ghouta, adding that militants would continue to be targeted by the Syrian army.

Russian Federation said it was counting on foreign supporters of anti-government forces in Syria to ensure that the ceasefire was observed, the foreign ministry said on Sunday.

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