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Syrian army cleaves rebel enclave of eastern Ghouta

Syrian army cleaves rebel enclave of eastern Ghouta

Syrian army cleaves rebel enclave of eastern Ghouta

Russian Federation had said the Security Council could not impose a ceasefire without a deal between the warring parties.

"When the global community consistently fails to act, there are times when states are compelled to take their own action", Haley said.

Haley spoke to the council shortly after French President Emmanuel Macron announced France is prepared to launch its own missile strikes targeting bases used to deploy chemical attacks in Syria.

Reviewing his annual report at a Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, Zeid bin Ra'ad, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that the indiscriminate and brutal attacks against civilians in the eastern Ghouta can not be justified no matter what, dismissing the Syrian regime's false claims that it took precautions to protect civilians as "ridiculous", and stressing the need to take the matter to the International Criminal Court.

The Syrian civil war is entering its eighth year.

Since February 18, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have retaken almost 60 percent of the enclave, whittling down rebel territory to three isolated pockets. "They intensified the use of tunnels in order to provoke the Syrian military and the exits of those tunnels are in the areas of public buildings, first and foremost mosques, hospitals and markets".

Since al-Assad's forces are backed by Russian Federation and Iran, further USA intervention in Syria carries heavy geopolitical ramifications.

"It is simple, straightforward and binding", she said of the USA resolution.

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US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has warned that if the Security Council fails to act on Syria, Washington is ready "to act if we must", just as it did a year ago when it bombed a Syrian government air base over allegations of chemical weapons attack. If the Security Council is unable to adopt the resolution, then the U.S.is ready to take matters into their own hands. It contains no counterterrorism loopholes for Assad, Iran and the Russians to hide behind, she stressed when presenting the resolution, saying that the previous one had "failed".

Russia's United Nations ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, mocked the number of times his country was mentioned during the debate - counting 22 times by Haley, 16 times by the French envoy and 12 by the British representative.

On Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British war monitor, said about 511,000 people had been killed in the Syrian war since it began in 2011, with 85% of those being killed by Assad's government.

Syrian families have taken to living in crowded, dark basements to escape the constant bombing in Douma, the biggest town in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta enclave.

Syrian troops have used siege tactics on several areas around the capital, sealing off rebel-held territory and pressing a military operation before securing an evacuation deal.

The agreement would offer safe passage to rebels and civilians who wanted to leave and the town would come under government control.

"Isn't it enough what they've done in Vietnam, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen, invoking very cheap lies?" he said. They know they are liars.

"We are very much concerned that the alleged chemical use might be a pretext for something bigger and much more risky", Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told Reuters. "However, they still lie, and very loudly so".

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