Assad forces defy UN demands for ceasefire in eastern Ghouta


At least 29 people have been killed in the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta since the UN security council passed a resolution demanding an end to the fighting, as Bashar al-Assad’s forces continue to defy international pleas for a ceasefire.

Local doctors and monitors said a suspected chlorine attack in the rebel-held area outside Damascus also left 18 people injured on Sunday evening, as residents condemned the international community’s inability to put an end to the fighting. “I am embarrassed for the UN security council,” said Ghanem Tayara, the chairman of the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations (UOSSM), which helps run dozens of hospitals in Syria. “The mightiest nations on the planet cannot enforce the most basic standards of human rights and decency.”(theguardian)…[+]