Russia Defends Syrian Bombing That Reportedly Has Killed 250 In Ghouta

Randolph Lopez
February 22, 2018

"[The fighting] has to stop, and humanitarian organizations should be allowed to go back to eastern Ghouta to deliver the much-needed and life-saving humanitarian aid as soon as possible", Sedky said.

The U.N. children's fund UNICEF issued a blank "statement" on Tuesday to express its outrage at mass casualties among Syrian children in the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta and neighbouring Damascus.

Such actions killed six people and injured another 29, in addition to material damage in schools, clinics, public service establishments and even diplomatic offices.

Moumtzis said: 'The humanitarian situation of civilians in East Ghouta is spiralling out of control.

Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN Vassily Nebenzia put forward the proposal on Wednesday at the UN Security Council's meeting devoted to global peace and security.

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Western allegations the Russian Air Force was responsible for civilian deaths in the rebel-held district of eastern Ghouta outside the Syrian capital Damascus were groundless.

REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh TEMPLATE OUT An injured man covered with blood is seen at a medical point in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria February 20, 2018.

Pro-Assad regime forces - backed by Russian Federation - intensified their efforts to retake the last major opposition stronghold on Sunday night.

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There were also 15 deaths and 51 injuries reported among civilians in and around Damascus, the result of a dramatic escalation of rebel fire on government areas.

There was no immediate comment from the Syrian military, while the Syrian government has maintained that it only targets militants.

In Brussels, Syrian opposition leader Nasr al-Hariri - a delegation head at stalled United Nations peace talks - pleaded for more global pressure on Assad to stop.

Meanwhile, there are reports of shelling from Eastern Ghouta on Damascus, the statement said. Four hospitals, including a maternity facility, were also bombed in the area, reports said.

The wave of airstrikes, rocket fire and shelling in eastern Ghouta has sparked global condemnation. So civilians in eastern Ghouta are frightened.

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said the convoy of up to 50 vehicles had retreated east of Aleppo, adding: "It appears that their aim was a little bit of a show and a little bit of propaganda".

Eastern Ghouta falls within a network of de-escalation zones endorsed by Turkey, Russia and Iran in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

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