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U.S. calls for "immediate end" to offensive operations in Syria following Putin's comments of daily five-hour ceasefires
Posted on: 27-02-2018 , 02:33:PM | DY365 Bureau

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February 27, 2018: In a recent development, the White House is renewing its call for an "immediate end" to offensive operations in Syria following Putin's ordering of daily five-hour ceasefires in airstrikes.

 

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert called for an "immediate end to offensive operations" in the region to allow aid workers to treat the wounded.
 

"The regime claims it is fighting terrorists, but is instead terrorising hundreds of thousands of civilians with airstrikes, artillery, rockets, and a looming ground attack. The regime's use of chlorine gas as a weapon only intensifies the misery of the civilian population," she tweeted.
 
 
As per reports more than 500 people have been killed since last week in the eastern Ghouta region, where activists on Sunday reported a suspected poison gas attack. It was one of the deadliest bombing campaigns by the regime of Bashar al-Assad and his allies during the seven-year war.
 
 
It may be mentioned that the U.S. last year bombed a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack against civilians.
 
 
A United Nations Security Council resolution for a 30-day cease-fire across Syria has failed to stop the carnage.
 
 
Reportedly, Russia's President Vladimir Putin has ordered a daily five-hour “humanitarian pause” in the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta to begin on Tuesday, despite U.N.  Security Council’s demand for a month-long ceasefire in the embattled region.
 
 
The President's move, which was announced by his defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, highlighted in stark terms Russia’s primacy in Syrian affairs and the UN’s failure to impose an end to the fighting in the area bordering Damascus.
 
 
Shoigu said a ceasefire would begin on Tuesday in the Damascus suburb and would take place from 9am until 2pm (7am GMT to 12pm) daily, according to a transcript of his remarks published by the Russian news agency Interfax.

The move by Moscow follows mounting condemnation of the violence, with the UN secretary general, António Guterres, describing the situation in Ghouta as “hell on earth”.

 
 
 

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