France warns that Eastern Ghouta may become "New Aleppo"

تحرير سعيد غزّول | ترجمة غلوري جابر | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 23 يناير، 2018 10:01:07 ص خبر دوليسياسي مجلس الأمن

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The French envoy the the United Nations, Francois Delattre, has warned that Eastern Ghouta, Damascus Suburbs, could be transformed into a "New Aleppo", referring to the war crimes committed in the city. He accuses the Syrian government for the deterioration of the situation in Ghouta.

In March 2017, a UN commission of inquiry accused the Syrian loyalist forces and supporting militias of committing war crimes in the city of Aleppo during a military operation that ended with their control of the eastern neighborhoods of the city, previously controlled by opposition factions. The residents of these neighborhoods were displaced, amid international condemnation.

During an emergency Security Council meeting called by France to discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria on Monday, Delattre said, "The purpose of this meeting is to emphasize the human tragedy in Syria now, for which the Assad government is the primary responsible agent."

In his three letters to the Security Council, Delattre expressed his country's fear that Eastern Ghouta would turn into a "new Aleppo" if the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate. He demanded from al-Assad's government to respect international humanitarian law, and emphasized the need for a renewal of the political process in Syria.

According to the Syrian Civil Defense, known as the White Helmets, 1,337 civilians, including 12 members of the Civil Defense, were killed in attacks by the loyalist forces on Eastern Ghouta last year. The Free Health Directorate in Damascus and its countryside documented the killing of 194 people and the injuring of 759 others, including women and children, as a result of aerial bombing by Russia and artillery shelling from the government so far this year.

A military escalation and intense bombardment by the loyalist forces and their supporting militias have been targeting Eastern Ghouta, where about 400,000 civilians live and have been besieged since 2013. Eastern Ghouta, however, is included in the eased escalation areas, which were the most prominent outcome of the Astana talks between the Syrian government and the opposition's military factions under the auspices and guarantee of Turkey, Russia and Iran.

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تحرير سعيد غزّول | ترجمة غلوري جابر | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 23 يناير، 2018 10:01:07 ص خبر دوليسياسي مجلس الأمن
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