Syria war: Air strikes resume hours after UN approves ceasefire

Syria war: Air strikes resume hours after UN approves ceasefire

25 February 2018 Sunday 18:11
Syria war: Air strikes resume hours after UN approves ceasefire

By Azania Post Reporter

The Syrian government has continued her bombardment against a rebel-held enclave despite a ceasefire resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council Friday.

Hundreds of civilians have been killed in a weeklong air strike of the Eastern Ghouta enclave near the country’s capital of Damascus.

The UN Security Council unanimously called for a 30-day truce “without delay,” but some areas are not covered.

On Sunday Iran, an ally of the Syrian government said it would target Damascus suburbs held by "terrorists".

The UN resolution was agreed to allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations, but operations against the biggest jihadist rebel groups are not covered by the truce.

What happened on Sunday?

Activist groups in Syria say government air strikes took place in the rebel enclave soon after the resolution was agreed in New York.

At least three people are reported to have died in the latest attacks, while one rebel group in the Eastern Ghouta said it had killed a number of government soldiers.

The strikes targeted the outskirts of Douma, the main town in the Eastern Ghouta, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.

The SOHR also reported several casualties on both sides after Syrian government forces clashed with rebels in southern areas of the enclave.

Syrian forces launched a ground offensive to enter the Eastern Ghouta, both opposition and pro-government sources said on Sunday.

BBC

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