Deaths mount in E. Ghouta as regime’s bombing campaign continues
Date: 2018-02-23 17:44
Assad regime warplanes supported by Russian military force continued their relentless bombardment of the opposition-controlled Eastern Ghouta in Rural Damascus for a sixth day Friday (Feb. 23), killing 32 people, Orient News correspondent reported.
The death toll from the past week climbed to more than 400, including 91 civilians killed yesterday.
The number of casualties has overwhelmed rescuers and doctors at hospitals, many of which have also been bombed.
Syrian Civil Defense rescue group reported Friday new airstrikes in Douma, Arbeen and other towns that make up the eastern suburbs of Damascus known as eastern Ghouta.
World leaders a day earlier called for an urgent cease-fire in Syria to allow relief agencies to deliver aid and evacuate the critically sick and wounded from besieged areas to receive medical care.
But Russia’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, who called Thursday’s meeting, put forward last-minute amendments, saying the proposed resolution was "simply unrealistic." A new vote was likely Friday.
UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura called again in a statement for an urgent ceasefire to relieve the "appalling suffering" of civilians in eastern Ghouta by stopping the bombing there and the "indiscriminate" mortar shelling of Syria’s capital Damascus.
UN spokesperson Alessandra Vellucci said in a statement read at news briefing in Geneva Friday that "the ceasefire needs to be followed by immediate, unhindered humanitarian access to eastern Ghouta and evacuation of sick and injured."