United Nations chief urges Syria parties to begin ceasefire

United Nations chief urges Syria parties to begin ceasefire

The government routinely removes lifesaving medical supplies from aid convoys, in a pattern of denying such aid to civilians living in opposition areas.

The reports emerged following the airstrikes and shelling that the government of President Bashar al-Assad allegedly carried out, just a few hours after the last United Nations aid convoy left the enclave.

It says some life-saving health supplies were not allowed to be loaded.

Essential aid deliveries to tens of thousands of besieged civilians were cut short on Monday as the regime pounded the region.

"After almost nine hours inside, the decision was made to leave for security reasons and to avoid jeopardizing the safety of humanitarian teams on the ground", said Jens Laerke, deputy spokesperson for the U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The findings were reported by the U.N.'s Commission of Inquiry on Syria on Tuesday. In eastern Ghouta, relentless airstrikes and shelling continue.

Fresh air strikes batter several key towns despite the daily "pause" announced by Russian Federation.

UNICEF has said that more than 1,000 children have been killed or wounded in Syria in the first two months of 2018.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said 80 civilians were killed on Monday. Estimates for the death toll on Monday alone range from 79 to 94.

"The situation in Eastern Ghouta in the context of implementation of UN Security Council's resolution 2401 was discussed".

The Russian military says a general was among 39 people killed in the crash of a Russian military transport plane in Syria. "They don't want aid; what they want is the shelling to stop". Meanwhile, it has turned out that the areas where the resolution remains largely neglected and people are not getting much needed humanitarian aid are those controlled by the US.

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The fighting in eastern Ghouta shows no sign of abating.

France calls on allies of the Syrian regime, particularly Russian Federation and Iran, to abide by their worldwide obligations without delay and to force the Damascus regime, which operates with their support, to implement the humanitarian truce.

It was the eighth allegation of chlorine gas use reported by the Syrian American Medical Society this year.

The global coalition had also inflicted countless civilian casualties in daily airstrikes on Islamic State fighters in the city of Raqqa, launching attacks even though the militants were using civilians as human shields, the panel said.

France says the U.N. Security Council will meet Wednesday to discuss the failure to implement its February 24 resolution demanding a cease-fire "without delay" in Syria.

The allegations of the use of chemical weapons are a "mere blackmail" that the West resorted to strike the Syrian army, he noted.

Beyond Eastern Ghouta, Zeid said the seven-year-old conflict in Syria was entering "a new phase of horror", noting rising violence in the rebel-held area of Idlib and Turkey's offensive in Afrin.

Earlier in the day, Syria's official SANA news agency said buses have been waiting near the safe corridor to transport the people leaving Eastern Ghouta to a housing center set up by the government, but no civilians have so far managed to get out.

"It says the rebels are also free to leave the enclave with their weapons and families unhindered".

A spokesman for one of the dominant rebel groups in Eastern Ghouta, Faylaq al-Rahman, accused Russia - Syria's key ally - of military escalation and of trying to displace the population by force. The area is the last major rebel-held enclave near the capital, and has come under an increasingly violent siege in the past two months.

The truce in eastern Ghouta has not been working efficiently or preventing the Assad regime from carrying out attacks on the city.

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