UN Security Council: vote to stop violence in Syria
Since Sunday, more than 300 people have been killed in Eastern Ghouta by Syrian government and allied forces while at least 15 people have been killed in Damascus by indiscriminate attacks from armed opposition groups.
Today, the United Nations Security Council is expected to vote on a resolution aimed at implementing a cessation of hostilities in Syria and lifting sieges on areas like Eastern Ghouta to allow urgent humanitarian assistance to all areas in need.
Given the devastating escalation of violence throughout the country, the UN Security Council could save thousands of lives by passing this resolution and ensuring its implementation.
Humanitarian organisations have been calling on the UN Security Council to make the ceasefire in Syria a reality.
They are asking for:
1. A cessation of hostilities throughout Syria;
2. Lifting the sieges, most urgently in eastern Ghouta
3. Emergency medical evacuations for patients in need of urgent treatment
4. Commitments from all parties to the conflict to comply with their obligations under international law
5. Sustained, weekly humanitarian access to all areas in need