USA warns of action in Syria as it pushes new ceasefire

USA warns of action in Syria as it pushes new ceasefire

"The city of Douma, under the control of Jaysh al-Islam, is now witnessing Russian-brokered talks aimed at encouraging rebels evacuate to other parts of Syria (either Daraa or northern Aleppo) and organizing the release of hostages among which there are captured Syrian troops and civilians", the news agency says.

Trump struck Syrian government forces in Syria last April after a suspected gas attack targeted the town of Khan Sheikhoun.

The largest rebel group in eastern Ghouta, the Army of Islam, said it agreed with Russian forces to evacuate the wounded from the enclave.

Briefing the Security Council on Monday afternoon, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said fighting had continued across Syria despite the resolution, even intensifying in the Eastern Ghouta and claiming hundreds of civilian lives.

Home to some 400,000 people, Eastern Ghouta has remained the target of a crippling regime siege for the last five years.

The United States is asking the council to adopt a new resolution demanding an immediate 30-day ceasefire in Damascus and rebel-held eastern Ghouta, where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, say they are targeting "terrorist" groups shelling the capital.

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The army's onslaught in eastern Ghouta, backed by air and artillery strikes, has killed about 1,160 people since February 18, a war monitor said, as Assad seeks to crush the last big rebel stronghold near the capital Damascus.

Seven years of conflict in Syria have left more than 350,000 people dead, according to an updated overall death toll released today by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Eastern Ghouta has been besieged for years after many of its residents joined the initial protests against Assad's rule in 2011.

Rebels have also fired rockets onto the capital.

The expulsion of the rebels from eastern Ghouta would represent their biggest defeat since they lost their enclave in Aleppo in December 2016.

He said on Monday that people are fleeing out of fear that Turkish troops and Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters might commit atrocities against the Kurds and minorities in the town.

Meanwhile, Syria's state-run SANA news agency reported that government forces had evacuated "dozens of civilians" from Misraba to shelters in government-held areas, according to AFP. A statement issued by Free Syrian Army factions there late on Saturday said they had taken a decision not to accept a surrender and negotiated withdrawal. Ankara considers the YPG a terror organization linked to its own Kurdish insurgency, but France backs the fighters in the war against the Islamic State group.

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