More bombs fall on Ghouta ahead of United Nations vote

A civil defense member reacts at a damaged site after an airstrike in Eastern Ghouta

More bombs fall on Ghouta ahead of United Nations vote

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have expressed serious concern over the Syrian regime's escalating violence in Eastern Ghouta, calling for halt to aerial bombardment so that humanitarian aid and relief could be provided.

Russian Federation on Thursday proposed amendments to the resolution drafted by Sweden and Kuwait, arguing the language was unrealistic and the 15-member Security Council could not simply impose a truce on Syria without consulting the parties. "At any moment I expect to have to treat my relatives for wounds", he said.

In a statement, Kaine said the executive branch was stretching its interpretation of its war authority too far.

Russian Federation had called for the emergency meeting to discuss what is being considered the most vicious string of airstrikes in the seven years of the civil war. Staffan de Mistura renewed his call on Friday to stop both the "horrific" bombing of besieged eastern Ghouta and indiscriminate mortar shelling on Damascus.

The Syrian state news agency meanwhile reported that a child was killed and six civilians wounded in the government-controlled Barzeh district of Damascus by rebel shellfire.

Deputy US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Curie told the council on Thursday that the US was ready to vote on a ceasefire "right here and right now".

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Separately on Thursday, a total of three civilians, among them two children, were killed and 22 others wounded in terrorist attacks on Damascus and its countryside.

After three hours, the attacking force retreated, leaving behind what the USA said was about 100 dead attackers.

"The air strikes and the artillery fire are continuing on several towns in Eastern Ghouta", Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based monitoring group, told AFP.

A spokesperson for the Syrian Civil Defence search-and-rescue group said eastern Ghouta was being targeted for "extermination".

Moscow, which has the power to veto U.N. Security Council resolutions, has often in the past blocked texts that would be damaging to Assad.

He argued: "Call in the USA ambassador and the Russian ambassador, and say that the Irish people are against this war and it has to stop".

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Earlier, the U.S. strongly condemned recent attacks on Eastern Ghouta, blaming Russian and Syrian regime strikes for the escalating violence in the rebel-held enclaves.

United Nations officials say the region is in the middle of a humanitarian crisis. "We offer our condolences to the families of those killed and wounded and call on the worldwide community to condemn these horrific attacks", the White House said in a statement Wednesday.

In a concession to Russian Federation, the draft was amended during tough-going negotiations last week to specify that the ceasefire does not apply to the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda.

Previous attempts at a cessation of hostilities in Syria have quickly unraveled.

"There needs to be a no-fly zone", Mehmud said.

Turkey launched the operation to uproot the YPG from Afrin on January 20, saying the group is linked to a Kurdish insurgency inside its own borders.

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