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Iran says Damascus suburbs assault to continue after U.N. ceasefire call


BEIRUT Iran said pro-Damascus forces would press ahead with attacks on an insurgent enclave near the Syrian capital, as ground fighting raged on there following a U.N. resolution demanding a 30-day truce across the country.


U.N. Security Council demands truce as air strikes batter Syria's Ghouta 9:26am GMT

BEIRUT/UNITED NATIONS The U.N. Security Council on Saturday demanded a 30-day truce across Syria as rescuers in the country's eastern Ghouta region said bombing had not let up long enough for them to count bodies during one of the bloodiest air assaults of the seven-year war. | Video


Turkey says U.N. Security Council should end 'massacre' in Syria's Ghouta 24 Feb 2018

ANKARA The United Nations should end a "massacre" by Syria's government in eastern Ghouta, the spokesman for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said ahead of a U.N. Security Council vote on Saturday on a demand for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria.


U.N. Security Council delays vote on Syria ceasefire resolution 24 Feb 2018

UNITED NATIONS/BEIRUT The U.N. Security Council on Friday delayed a vote on a demand for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, where pro-government warplanes have been pounding the last rebel bastion near Damascus in one of the deadliest bombing campaigns of the seven-year civil war. | Video


France and Germany ask Putin to stop Syria attacks, hope for ceasefire 23 Feb 2018

BRUSSELS German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron hoped world powers would agree a Syria ceasefire on Friday after they asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to back a corresponding U.N. Security Council resolution.


Turkish forces shell convoy headed to Syria's Afrin region 23 Feb 2018

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL The Turkish army struck a convoy entering Syria's Kurdish-held Afrin region, which Ankara said carried fighters and weapons but Kurdish forces said was made up of civilians entering with food and medicine.


U.N. Security Council to vote on Friday on demand for Syria truce 23 Feb 2018

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations Security Council will vote on Friday on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day truce in Syria to allow aid deliveries and medical evacuations, but it was not immediately clear if the text had won the support of Syrian ally Russia.


Air strikes again hit Syria's Ghouta, U.N. considers ceasefire resolution 23 Feb 2018

AMMAN Warplanes pounded the last rebel enclave near Syria's capital for a fifth day running on Thursday as the U.N. Security Council considered demanding a 30-day ceasefire across the country to allow emergency aid deliveries and medical evacuations. | Video


Bombs bring terrifying new routine to Syria's Ghouta 23 Feb 2018

BEIRUT For residents of Syria's eastern Ghouta, five days of intense bombardment have imposed a new routine of terror in a district already tormented by years of siege.

UN Syria aid chief says Security Council must see need for ceasefire 22 Feb 2018

GENEVA The U.N. Security Council should be convinced of the need for a ceasefire in the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta, where at least 370 people have reportedly been killed, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis said on Thursday.

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UN approves Syria ceasefire, but who will listen?

The U.N. Security Council approved on Saturday a 30-day truce across Syria to allow humanitarian aid to penetrate the worst-hit areas, but reports of persistent fighting continue to pour in along multiple fronts.