U.S. Says Attacks on Syrian Civilians 'Must End Now'

W460

The United States demanded Thursday that the Syrian regime and Russian forces put an end to their latest round of air strikes and alleged chemical attacks against besieged civilians.

In a statement from the State Department, Washington threw its weight behind a U.N. call for a ceasefire in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta and demanded that Moscow rein in its ally.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates that four days of government air strikes on Eastern Ghouta, which is held by rebels opposed to Bashar al-Assad's regime, have killed more than 200 civilians.

"These attacks must end now," spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

"The United States is extremely concerned about escalating violence in Idlib, the Damascus suburbs of Eastern Ghouta and other areas of Syria threatened by ongoing regime and Russian airstrikes.  

"We are yet again appalled by the recent reports of the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons and the escalation of bombings that has resulted in dozens of civilian deaths in the last 48 hours."

U.S. officials believe that Syria has used chlorine as an illegal chemical weapon in recent strikes in Ghouta and elsewhere.

"The United States supports the United Nations calling for a month-long cessation of violence to allow the delivery of humanitarian supplies and the urgent medical evacuation of over 700 civilians in Eastern Ghouta," Nauert said. 

"Russia must use its influence with Damascus to ensure the Syrian regime immediately allows the U.N. to provide vital assistance to this extremely vulnerable population."

Comments 7
Thumb scorpyonn 09 February 2018, 07:49

Not only mad, but completely oblivious and out of touch. I bet his wife wears one of those multicolored headscarves that make women look like second class citizens.

Thumb whyaskwhy 09 February 2018, 19:13

Wife? at 13 the only thing he has is Mary Palmer and her five sisters....

Thumb scorpyonn 09 February 2018, 07:49

Not only mad, but completely oblivious and out of touch. I bet his wife wears one of those multicolored headscarves that make women look like second class citizens.

Thumb scorpyonn 09 February 2018, 07:49

Not only mad, but completely oblivious and out of touch. I bet his wife wears one of those multicolored headscarves that make women look like second class citizens.

Thumb scorpyonn 09 February 2018, 07:49

Not only mad, but completely oblivious and out of touch. I bet his wife wears one of those multicolored headscarves that make women look like second class citizens.

Thumb whyaskwhy 09 February 2018, 19:13

Endowed go easy on Mystic, do you recall how the world looked to you when you were 13? puberty comes hard not just physically but mentally. They are brainwashed with hate at such an early age that its the only thing they know. Good job mystic now look left and right when you cross the road and never play with matches without adult supervision.

Thumb chrisrushlau 10 February 2018, 16:55

Trump is making a mockery of his State Department and Pentagon by not doing anything about the Turkish attacks on his Kurdish allies in northern Syria even while he's using airpower and artillery to defend them from Syria a few miles eastward: if these careerists and Washington insiders like Heather Nauert had any nerve, they'd use their announcements, leaks, etc., to condemn Turkey. And that would lead soon to their condemning Israel and the GCC monarchies. I wonder what would happen if Trump ordered them, say, to stay at press conferences until all questions were answered.