United Nations agrees 30-day ceasefire in Syria, violence continues

Marsha Scott
March 1, 2018

He said several explosions were heard Sunday in Ghouta.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Major General Mohammad Mohammad Bagheri discussed the 30-day Syrian ceasefire resolution that was adopted by the UN Security Council on Saturday, adding "this time, too, like the previous times, those who do not want security and peace for Syria, began pushing for a ceasefire to shield terrorists as soon as they realized that the Syrian Army and Government were planning to cleanse the Damascus suburb of the presence of terrorists".

The UN Security Council has voted favoring a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in the country.

The cease-fire does not apply to military operations against ISIS, al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.

Syrian regime airstrikes hit the rebel-held area of eastern Ghouta on Sunday despite a UN Security Council resolution for a 30-day ceasefire.

The geographic scope of the cease-fire covers the conflict across Syria, except where military operations are underway against the ISIS, the al-Nusra front, Al Qaeda affiliated groups, and any other groups designated as terrorist organizations, according to the Security Council.

In separate statements, Jaish al-Islam and Failaq al-Rahman, pledged to protect aid convoys that come into the besieged rebel enclave near Damascus.

"It seems that the government now is adamant to enter Eastern Ghouta".

Syrian opposition activists say Russian warplanes are taking part in bombarding eastern Ghouta, where many people are hiding in underground shelters with little food and medical supplies under a tight government siege.

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In May previous year, Russia, Iran and Turkey signed an agreement to set up de-escalation zones, in order to prevent airstrike-related incidents in some parts of Syria.

In a bid to get Russian support, sponsors Kuwait and Sweden amended the draft resolution late on Friday to drop a demand that the ceasefire take effect 72 hours after the resolution's adoption. However, the United Nations resolution is seen as something of a diplomatic victory for the USA and its partners over Russia's efforts to tone down the wordings of the draft.

Russian Federation today said there was no agreement at the UN Security Council on a 30-day ceasefire for Syria and presented amendments to a draft resolution that would allow aid deliveries and the evacuation of civilians from besieged Eastern Ghouta. The UK-based monitoring group said Sunday's bombing was less intense than attacks over the past week.

Regime air strikes and artillery have been pounding the eastern Ghouta enclave near Damascus since February 18, with at least 519 dead since the bombing campaign was launched, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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.

Dr. Sakhr al-Dimashqi, a surgeon at a clinic in Ghouta, told The Associated Press that several shells hit some towns in the suburbs, adding that they received six wounded people at the clinic where he works.

Syrian state media said Ghouta factions fired mortars at districts of Damascus on Saturday, including near a school.

Guterres welcomed the resolution's adoption and stressed his expectation that it will be "immediately implemented and sustained" so aid gets to the needy and sick, United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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