Syria: UN calls for one-month ceasefire to allow aid access

  • Syria: UN calls for one-month ceasefire to allow aid access

Syria: UN calls for one-month ceasefire to allow aid access

The Syrian government launched a military offensive in December 2017 to retake territory within Idlib governorate.

Turkey has split with the USA -a fellow Western military alliance North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member- over the Pentagon's backing for Kurdish fighters alleged to have ties to the militant group known as the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has launched attacks for decades in Turkey.

Concerning recent remarks from the USA on establishing a security zone in Syria, Çavuşoğlu said Ankara can not trust the US since Washington had not kept its promises.

The Frenchman went on to signal his country would attempt to woo any Japanese firms thinking about relocating from Britain after Brexit.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russian Federation on Monday of protecting Syrian President Bashar Assad from responsibility for what she said were multiple chlorine gas attacks on civilians in recent weeks.

Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of the UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry on Syria, said investigations into attacks on Idlib and eastern Ghouta region were under way.

He said aid deliveries to besieged and hard-to-reach areas also remain blocked, leading to "an even more acute situation" particularly in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta.

At least 22 children and 21 women were among the dead.

Despite being banned for over a century and further outlawed via the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention, the UN Security Council has repeatedly failed to hold perpetrators of alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria accountable.

Civil Defense volunteers search for survivors in Idlib city on February 6
Civil Defense volunteers search for survivors in Idlib city on February 6

Yet Syria seems to have lost its hold on public attention, even though in the past year more than 8,000 people per day have been driven from their homes.

"These reports are extremely troubling and make a mockery of the so-called "de-escalation zones" meant to protect civilians from such bombardment", said the commission's chair Paulo Pinheiro in a statement, referring to promises made by Russian Federation to reduce violence in opposition-held areas including Idlib and Eastern Ghouta.

From Damascus, the United Nations called for an immediate, month-long cease-fire in Syria in order to deliver critical humanitarian aid and medical care to civilians trapped by fighting in regions across the country.

U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley clashed with her Russian counterpart at a meeting of the Security Council on Monday after proposing a statement condemning Damascus "in the strongest terms".

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called on the government to strip Turkey´s main medical association of the adjective "Turkish" in its name after it vehemently opposed the military operation in Syria.

In rebel-held Idlib, at least six people are reported to have died in the violence.

Residents in Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, and in the northwestern Idlib province have accused Syrian troops of using the toxic weapons in recent weeks.

The Russian pilot who was shot down over Syria on Saturday blew himself up with a grenade to avoid being captured by rebels, according to Russian media. "They are not killing Nusra Front fighters or ISIS or any other militant group, but they are killing civilians", he says. There were certain incidents which were inflated by Arab media, belonging to opponents of Bashar al-Assad regime in the region.