Israel Warplanes Attack Syrian Base Near Damascus

Israel Warplanes Attack Syrian Base Near Damascus

Israel Warplanes Attack Syrian Base Near Damascus

The United Nations Security Council has rejected an appeal from UN aid officials for a monthlong humanitarian cease-fire in Syria amid separate calls by the United States for Syria and its ally Russian Federation to end their attacks against rebel-held areas.

A United States military official said the US-led coalition that still assists Kurdish-led forces in the hunt for surviving IS members in eastern Syria killed at least 100 pro-regime fighters overnight.

More than 20 people died on Thursday as Syrian government planes continued to attack eastern Ghouta, a rebel-held suburb of Damascus, with a barrage of airstrikes.

No American troops were killed or wounded in the incident, officials said.

It has been rare for regime and US forces to directly target each other, as NPR's Tom Bowman reported Wednesday. Turkey resumed its air strikes against Afrin overnight.

According to United Nations estimates, 13.1 million people require humanitarian assistance in Syria, including almost 3 million people in hard-to-reach areas. Chlorine bombs were reportedly used during the attacks, which claimed the lives of several civilians, leaving several others gravely injured. In 2013 thousands of people in the besieged rebel district of Damascus suffered a sarin gas attack, a chemical agent that targets the central nervous system.

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Envoys from the United Nations have called for the ending of the hostilities between government forces and rebel factions to facilitate the evacuation of the wounded and the sick and the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters a humanitarian ceasefire is "not realistic" because "the terrorists" are keeping up attacks, although Moscow would like one.

Meanwhile, dozens of civilians were killed by renewed government strikes in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus, where overwhelmed medics were still treating survivors of the Syrian conflict's bloodiest day in months. He says they can not be repeated - no matter what reasons the coalition gives to justify an attack. "He was hit by shrapnel while sitting in his home", said the resident, who identified himself as Adnan, declining to give his full name.

In Idlib, a hospital in the town of Kafranbel was bombed early Monday, according to the activist-run Edlib Media Center and the Observatory.

Almost 200 people have died in four days of intense bombardment in the area, whose 400,000 residents have been besieged since 2013.

Syrian state-run media said Thursday a rare USA strike on government-backed troops in eastern Syria killed and wounded dozens of tribal fighters, calling it a new effort "to support terrorism".

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"The people here have collapsed, people are seen talking to themselves in the streets".

"We are living a catastrophe. I came back and found all five dead", he said.

Among them was the young daughter of Abu Raad, a shell-shocked man from Eastern Ghouta.

The U.N. Security Council is expected to hear a briefing on Thursday and then hold closed-door consultations on the growing humanitarian crisis in Syria and calls for a 30-day cease fire. In the battle, Turkey is relying on Syrian rebel forces that have lost all their other global backers.

"We don't share the view that Iran has to leave Syria all together".

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