Syrian army jets have been raining bombs in a four-day bombardment that has killed more than 500 civilians (including 120 children). The red cross and other humanitarian organisations said that the bombing would not let up long enough for them to count even the bodies, in one of the bloodiest air attacks.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution for a 30-day cease-fire but there is no time for the cease-fire to take effect.
Marianne Gasser, ICRC’s head of delegation in Syria said:
“The fighting appears likely to cause much more suffering in the days and weeks ahead, and our teams need to be allowed to enter Eastern Ghouta to aid the wounded.”
Official statement from the US Ambassador
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said: “Unbelievable that Russia is stalling a vote on a ceasefire allowing humanitarian access in Syria. How many more people will die before The Security Council agrees to take up this vote? Let’s do this tonight. The Syrian people can’t wait.”
Official Statement from Russia
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said: “For the resolution to be effective, and we are ready to negotiate such a text, we put forward a principle that will enable the ceasefire to become real and based on guarantees of all those inside Eastern Ghouta and beyond Eastern Ghouta.”