Calls for Respecting Cease-Fire in Syria after Airstrikes on Hospital

Time: 9:00 p.m. CEST

The United Nations called on Moscow and Washington to save a “barely alive” cease-fire in Syria after an airstrikes destroyed a hospital and killed dozens of people in rebel-held areas, Reuters news agency publishes. The information from the conflict areas are without many details, but the non-profit The Syria Campaign informs about the death of the most senior pediatrician in opposition areas, who died in the targeted attack as it says, by Assad regime and Russian forces.

Reuters says, “Hossam Abu Ghayth, 29, a documentary film-maker living in the rebel-held area of Kalasa in Aleppo which was bombed on Thursday, said by WhatsApp: “There are still planes (flying) … They’re hitting everything, mosques, markets, residential buildings, field hospitals.”

“The catastrophic deterioration in Aleppo over the last 24-48 hours” has jeopardized the aid lifeline that delivers supplies to millions of Syrians, said Jan Egeland, chairman of the U.N. humanitarian task force. “I could not in any way express how high the stakes are for the next hours and days,” Reuters publishes.

It appears to be a deliberate strake, the State Department said Thursday, “on a known medical facility and follows the Assad regime’s appalling record of striking such facilities. ” State Department also call on Russia to press Assad regime to fulfill its commitments under the U.N.Security Council Resolution 2254.”

The U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura appealed to the presidents of the United States and Russia to intervene after the city of Aleppo is at the epicenter of a military fightings. In a most recent six days of air strikes and rebel shelling in Aleppo took about 200 lives of people in the city as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

De Mistura said the two sides are far of approaching in their vision of a political transition. According to the U.N. special envoy, “The transitional governance could include members of the present government and the opposition, independents and others.” He said that, ”In the past 48 hours there had been an average of one Syrian civilian killed every 25 minutes and one wounded every 13 minutes.”

Talks in Geneva aim to end a civil war with more than 250,000 people, triggered one of the worst displacement of people, allowed the rise of the Islamic State group. All efforts to find a solution through a negotiations are fruitless, but internationals continue with the attempt to reach a deal.


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