UN Security Council to vote Saturday on Syria ceasefire

UN Security Council to vote Saturday on Syria ceasefire

Meanwhile, Syrian government warplanes supported by Russian Federation pounded the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta for a sixth straight day Friday, killing at least five people, opposition activists and a war monitor reported.

Aksoy said in Turkey Friday that "what is happening in Ghouta is a war of annihilation and crimes against humanity".

"We all agree there needs to be a ceasefire and it has to be urgent, immediately", he said. "We want to show you the solidarity of the E10", he said.

"France and Germany call on Russian Federation to shoulder its responsibilities in this regard", they said in a joint statement as Macron and Merkel met other European Union leaders for talks in Brussels.

State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told a separate news conference that more than 400 civilians were "horrifically" killed by the Syrian regime.

In May past year, Russia, Iran and Turkey signed an agreement to set up de-escalation zones, in order to prevent airstrike-related incidents in some parts of Syria. It is a good reminder that Russian Federation bears a unique responsibility for what is taking place there.

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 end in sight.

The new bombings came a day after Syrian army helicopters dropped leaflets over the rebel-controlled areas of eastern Ghouta, urging residents of those suburbs to leave for their own safety and calling on opposition fighters to surrender because they were surrounded by government troops.

The pictures and videos are everywhere. "That's what we're working on".

"These are not terrorists showing up in these makeshift emergency rooms".

"For the resolution to be effective, and we are ready to negotiate such a text, we have 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", he added.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on February 21 said "It's time to take immediate action in the hopes of saving the lives of the men, women, and children who are under attack by the barbaric Assad regime". That is why, except for two small deliveries of aid, the regime has not allowed any medical convoys or deliveries of food into eastern Ghouta since November.

A witness in Douma who asked not to be identified said by telephone that the early morning bombing was the most intense so far.

She alleged that the regime wants "to keep bombing and gassing" these 400,000 people and is counting on Russian Federation to make sure the Security Council is unable to stop their suffering. He said the cease-fire must be followed by an "immediate, unhindered humanitarian access to eastern Ghouta and evacuation of sick and injured".

"United Nations agencies had described a picture of hell on Earth".

After multiple delays, the United Nations Security Council has pushed its vote on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to noon on Saturday.