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United Nations approves 30-day ceasefire in Syria

United Nations approves 30-day ceasefire in Syria

Shortly after the unanimous vote by the 15-member council, warplanes struck a town in eastern Ghouta, the last rebel enclave near Syria's capital, an emergency service and a war monitoring group said.

Some 500 people are said to have been killed by government forces in the enclave since last Sunday while rebels fire on Damascus has reportedly killed at least 16 civilians.

The strikes this morning included two on the outskirts of Douma, the main town in eastern Ghouta, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"We will watch this closely."Saturday's Security Council resolution followed seven days of bombing by pro-government forces on besieged rebel-held suburbs of the city".

The initial draft said that action against Islamic State (IS) group, Al-Qaeda and the Nusra Front would not constitute a violation of the ceasefire.

Meanwhile, Syrian official news agency SANA reports that its Permanent Representative at the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said that ending the suffering of Syrians doesn't require showboating sessions or forming UN committees; it only requires applying the 30 resolutions issued by the UN.

"I know speaking to colleagues inside eastern Ghouta that they are living in constant fear and they are anxious that the next bomb might hit their home and kill their family".

Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia responded saying it took so much time to reach an agreement because an immediate cessation of hostilities, which was originally called for by the sponsors, was "not feasible, . not possible".

He insisted: "You can't fight evil with evil".

After three days of deliberation to come up with a ceasefire deal, the U.N. Security Counsel yesterday voted unanimously in favor of a resolution calling for a 30-day calm to allow residents of the suburb to evacuate, and food and medicine to enter.

Language specifying that the ceasefire would start 72 hours after adoption was scrapped, replaced by "without delay", and the term "immediate" was dropped in reference to aid deliveries and evacuations.

Massive explosions rocked eastern Ghouta on Saturday in one of the deadliest air assaults of the civil war - witnesses said hospitals and medical clinics had been targeted.

"What Russia, and what Iran and what Syria have done recently is a humanitarian disgrace", President Donald Trump said Friday during a news conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the White House.

Meanwhile, Islam Army (Jaish al-Islam), the biggest opposition faction in eastern Ghouta, said that they had killed 25 regime fighters while attempting to advance.

The dead include more than 120 children. Instead, one should immediately join the common effort to settle the Syrian conflict on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 2254, ' the diplomat said.

Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate is present in Eastern Ghouta and Assad's regime routinely describes all of its opponents as "terrorists".

Which rebel groups are fighting in Syria's eastern Ghouta?

Syrian state media said Ghouta insurgents shelled parts of Damascus.

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