Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Eastern Ghouta residents 'mock' ceasefire as killing continues

Eastern Ghouta residents 'mock' ceasefire as killing continues

The resolution, prepared by Sweden and Kuwait, also calls for the medical evacuation of 700 people, particularly in eastern Ghouta. "More, in other words, of the same". He said that since February 18 over 580 people are reported to have been killed and well over 1,000 injured in air and ground strikes in the Damascus, home to about 400,000 people.

In one of the fiercest onslaughts of Syria's seven-year civil war, hundreds of people have died in 11 days of bombing of eastern Ghouta, a swathe of towns and farms outside Damascus that is the last major rebel-controlled area near the capital.

On the contrary, the bombings have continued, and deaths and wounded have mounted, he said, speaking at a monthly Security Council meeting devoted to the Syrian conflict.

"Over 580 people since 18 February are now reported to have been killed due to air- and ground-based strikes in eastern Ghouta, with well over 1,000 people injured", he said. "Militants still do not observe the ceasefire and do not allow the civilian population to leave the unsafe area", Zolotukhin said.

Russian Federation has violated its duty to guarantee the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons and prevent the Assad government from using banned poison gas, the United States said on Wednesday.

USA representative at UN Currie described Russia's five-hour "humanitarian pause" as "cynical, callous and in flagrant defiance of the demands of (UNSC resolution) 2401". Guterres demanded an immediate ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta.

The officer at Wafideen checkpoint warned that if Thursday was equally fruitless, the measure may be dropped, raising fears the kind of bombardment that killed dozens of civilians every day this month would resume. "Russian Federation does not get to unilaterally rewrite the terms of the resolution they negotiated and they sat here and voted for".

Meanwhile, U.S. media reported on February 27 that North Korea had been sending missile specialists to Syria as well as equipment that could be used in the production of chemical weapons. "If Russia is able to deliver a five-hour pause, let it deliver a 24-hour one, as they agreed on Saturday".

"We were not involved in the talks that led to the declaration of a five-hour pause". There are assertions that there are insufficient numbers of them.

Nebenzia accused council members of misinterpreting the resolution, saying pauses must be preceded by an agreement of the parties on the ground for de-escalation.

Residents of eastern Ghouta say they do not trust the Russia-declared truce and the United Nations and aid agencies have criticized the unilateral arrangement, saying it gave no guarantees of safety for residents wishing to leave.

"The five-hour daily truce and the imposition of a so-called humanitarian corridor proposed by the Russian President is not good enough", Save the Children's Syria Response Director said on Tuesday.

Several Security Council members welcomed this as a positive move.

"The people of Eastern Ghouta mock the news of exit corridors - they did not believe it for a second because they have lost all confidence in the regime's credibility - particularly because the shelling has not stopped, and neither the Russians nor the regime have expressed any seriousness in keeping civilians out of the war", Aboud said.

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