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2018-02-24 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Damascus/E. Ghouta Tit-for-Tat rains death and destruction on both sides

Five-day assault on East Ghouta kills more than 400

[DAWN] Fresh bombardment on Eastern Ghouta killed dozens Thursday, bringing the number of dead civilians in a five-day assault by the Syrian government to more than 400.

Mounting calls for a humanitarian truce in one of the bloodiest episodes of Syria's seven-year conflict failed to stop 46 more people being killed by air strikes and rocket fire.

Regime backer Russia said there was "no agreement" at the UN Security Council on a 30-day ceasefire for Syria and presented amendments to a draft resolution that would allow aid deliveries and the evacuation of civilians from besieged Eastern Ghouta.

As diplomats wrangled over a UN vote, which could take place on Friday, people huddled in basements while government forces pounded the enclave with rockets and bombs, turning towns into fields of ruins and even hitting hospitals.

Aid group Doctors Without Borders said 13 of the facilities it supports in Eastern Ghouta were damaged or destroyed in three days, leaving remaining staff with very little to save the hundreds of wounded brought to them every day.

Civilians killed, injured as rebels rain down Damascus with mortars, rockets

[ALMASDARNEWS] At least 2 non-combatants were killed, dozens others maimed today in Rukn Eddin residential district when a massive rocket fired by Salafist tough guys in Eastern Ghouta hit a building.

The highly-destructive missile is most probably manufactured and fired into the capital by the Saudi-backed Jaish al-Islam
...Liwa al-Islam (Brigade of Islam) was established by Zahran Alloush, the son of Saudi-based religious scholar Abdullah Mohammed Alloush, after Syrian authorities released him from prison in mid-2011 where he had been serving time for his Salafist activism. The group claimed responsibility for carrying out the July 2012 Damascus bombing that killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, Deputy Defense Minister Asef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani. It was a driving force behind actions in the Damascus region. It cooperated and conducted joint operations with al-Nusra. In Sptember 2013 Saudi Arabia engineered Liwa al-Islam's merger with fifty other more or less Salafist groups as a counterweight to al-Nusra, which the Learned Elders of Islam considered was growing too powereful...
A few days ago, a top commander from the terror group threatened ‐ via his Twitter account ‐ to escalate their attacks on Damascus in response to the ongoing military campaign launched by the Syrian Army against the rebel bastion of East Ghouta.

‘Jabhat al-Nusra is the main problem in Eastern Ghouta’ -- Lavrov

[ALMASDARNEWS] Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the Jabhat al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Islamist faction the "main problem in Eastern Ghouta", during a joint press statement with Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov in Moscow on Friday.

"We still don’t have evidence that the coalition led by the United States, is viewing Jabhat al-Nusra as a real target," the Russian Foreign Minister said.

He also went on to say that the Astana process for the Syrian peace settlement, initiated by Russia, Iran and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, "prevents these [American] plans [of Syria’s partition]."

Lavrov added that this is part of the information war, noting that the Western colleagues "succeeded in giving vent to their emotions."

"And in practice these emotions have resulted in recent UN Security Council’s discussions attempting to adopt the resolution which declaratively announces an immediate humanitarian pause for at least 30 days," he said.

The top diplomat noted that no guarantees are given that the gangs will also respect this humanitarian pause.

The United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
Security Council is set to vote on Friday, February 23, on a draft resolution proposing a 30-day cease-fire in Syria, intended to allow humanitarian aid to reach the region.
Posted by Fred 2018-02-24 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [210 views ]  Top
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