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Qatar Condemns Assad Regime Attacks on Eastern Ghouta

Qatar Condemns Assad Regime Attacks on Eastern Ghouta”

The European Union's top diplomat has written to the foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey urging them to uphold a ceasefire in eastern Ghouta and allow aid into besieged areas.

Western powers, however, blame the Syrian government and Russian Federation for the crisis.

This region is one of the last holds of the rebel forces and has been facing constant attacks by government forces for several years now.

According to Reuters, he told reporters that the killings show that rebel threats against people who want to leave eastern Ghouta are real.

But Russia's ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, said the five-hour pause, a window in which humanitarian supplies could be delivered by the United Nations and other aid groups, was a merely practical device that could transition to a longer and sustained cease-fire.

The extensive damage and little evidence of civilian presence after weeks of intensive Assad regime and Russian airstrikes in the once-sprawling eastern Ghouta suburb of Syria's Damascus was captured on drone footage Thursday.

President Vladimir Putin said that Russian Federation had managed to evacuate "quite a big group" of civilians and that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan had helped broker the evacuation.

"Are we going to tolerate this forever?" the Russian president wondered. "No, of course not", he said.

The actions of the terrorists operating in eastern Ghouta, which is a current hotspot in the Syrian conflict, indicate their unwillingness to follow resolutions and their desire to continue warfare, the head of the Reconciliation Center said. The State news agency SANA said shells fell near the corridor, but no injuries were reported.

As the war between the Syrian army and insurgents enters the endgame, the government can not afford to cede indefinitely eastern Ghouta, a countryside area of towns and villages, while jihadis remain determined to hang on to their last redoubt adjacent to the capital.

The bombardment that killed 600 civilians in 10 days largely stopped but not one of the battered region's 400,000 residents left to board the buses provided by the regime. "In order to end the humanitarian catastrophe, all relevant parties should patiently hold consultations, shelve disputes, actively seek consensus and strive to fully implement the cease-fire resolution passed by the U.N. Security Council", the Chinese analysis read.

"The truce is not in the people's interest, we have two options: death or displacement", said the 30-year-old.

Kelley Currie, the USA ambassador for economic and social affairs, accused the Syrian regime of violating the ceasefire, while Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said it was the rebels who were in violation of it.

Meanwhile, about 40 trucks loaded with aid have been ready to ferry relief supplies to 10 besieged areas in Eastern Ghouta since Saturday, Mark Lowcock, the United Nations under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said Wednesday, according to Agence France-Presse.

Syria agreed to give up its stockpile of poison gas and join the worldwide chemical weapons ban in 2013 under a Russian-brokered deal that averted US retaliatory air strikes after a nerve gas attack killed hundreds of people in Ghouta.



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