Russian Federation and Syria clash with U.S. and West on Syria ceasefire

  • Russian Federation and Syria clash with U.S. and West on Syria ceasefire

Russian Federation and Syria clash with U.S. and West on Syria ceasefire

The Eastern Ghouta truce falls far short of a broader 30-day ceasefire Russian Federation agreed to at the UN Security Council on Saturday but which has yet to take effect, and has inspired little trust among the besieged enclave's 400,000 residents.

No humanitarian aid went in and no civilians left on day two.

A human rights group says airstrikes and shelling by Syrian government troops have killed 6 local residents, despite a 5-hour ceasefire called by Russian Federation.

Bassam Abu Bashir, an anaesthetist in a hospital in eastern Ghouta, said the shelling continued on Monday and Tuesday but has largely spared his central hometown of Saqba, and he had to deal with fewer injuries than in the past week.

Despite the step, the United Nations insisted that all sides must implement the 30-day truce demanded on Saturday, and said some 40 trucks loaded with aid were waiting for the violence to stop.

A senior Western diplomat said Russian Federation appeared intent on a repeat of Aleppo in eastern Ghouta by evacuating the area and then killing "the terrorists even if it's not just Nusra", a reference to a jihadist group with Al-Qaida links.

Hundreds of people have been injured and a staggering medical facilities hit by air strikes as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad steps up the onslaught ahead of what is anticipated to be a final ground assault to crush the rebel enclave once and for all.

He told the same news conference that rebel groups in eastern Ghouta were using it as a base to shell other areas.

Unlike Russia, Syria and mutual ally Iran, Western powers have mostly blamed the growing humanitarian crisis in eastern Ghouta on pro-Syrian government forces. But the truce was marred by violence, with Moscow and Damascus accusing armed groups of shelling the purported humanitarian corridors and keeping the population hostage.

In a letter sent to the United Nations on Tuesday, they said they were willing to expel the jihadist factions that also have a footprint in Eastern Ghouta.

A military officer at the deserted checkpoint said ground fighting on the edges of Eastern Ghouta, where most anti-regime fighters are deployed, may change the dynamic. He noted that the militants have regularly shelled Damascus, and many rounds landed near the Russian Embassy. Shall we endlessly tolerate that? The Kremlin has said Moscow is trying to help civilians leave the area, despite provocations from rebels. "Of course not", he said. Mark Lowcock, the UN under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, addressing members of the UN Security Council.

Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia reminded the council that the resolution adopted Saturday also demands that all parties "engage immediately to ensure full and comprehensive implementation" of the cease-fire - and "underscores the need for the parties to agree on humanitarian pauses ... and truces". "As the region´s top aid donor, the European Union believes it can use an worldwide conference on Syria in Brussels on April 24-25 to persuade Moscow to stop the fighting if it wants global money to rebuild Syria".