After days of diplomatic wrangling, the Security Council on Saturday adopted a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria “without delay”, to allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations. President Bashar al-Assad’s forces launched a major bombing campaign against the enclave on the edge of Damascus a week ago, with more than 500 people since killed.
The UN resolution has raised hopes of stemming the bloodshed but it remains unclear when or how broadly the ceasefire could be implemented. They called on Russia “to exercise maximum pressure on the Syrian regime to achieve an immediate suspension of air raids and fighting”, Merkel’s (Germany) office said in a statement. Russia is a key ally of Assad’s regime and in a phone call on Sunday German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron urged President Vladimir Putin to use his influence. – Time Report.
Iran, which like Russia is a crucial backer of Assad, said that its forces would “adhere” to the ceasefire but continue their operations in “parts of the suburbs of Damascus, which are specifically controlled by the terrorists of the Nusra Front and other terrorist groups,” Reuters reports.
Pope Francis also joined international calls for a ceasefire, saying in his Sunday Angelus prayers: “All this is inhuman. One cannot fight evil with another evil.” Around 20 people have been killed in eastern districts of the capital since February 18, according to state media.
Over 400 people have been killed in Syria in the last five days. Over which 150 of them were children.
A total of more than 340,000 people have been killed and millions driven from the homes in Syria’s war, which next month enters its eighth year with no diplomatic solution in sight.
Source – Reuters