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The United States has asked the UN Security Council to demand an immediate 30-day ceasefire in Damascus and rebel-held eastern Ghouta, where Syrian President Assad’s forces, backed by Russia and Iran, say they are targeting “terrorist” groups which are shelling the capital.
Failing that, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday that Washington “remains prepared to act if we must.” She told the 15-member Security Council, “It is not the path we prefer, but it is a path we have demonstrated we will take, and we are prepared to take again. When the international community consistently fails to act, there are times when states are compelled to take their own action.”
The Syrian army’s onslaught in eastern Ghouta, backed by air and artillery strikes, has killed about 1,160 people since February 18, a war monitor reported. Assad seeks to crush the last big rebel stronghold near the capital Damascus. Thousands of families are sleeping in the open streets of the biggest town in the enclave, where there is no longer any room in packed cellars to shelter from government bombardment. Shortages of food and medicine remain, as international deliveries are erratic and often attacked by government forces.
That the United Nations will act in calling for a ceasefire.
That the U.S. will not need to take action in Syria to protect innocent lives.
For the civilians in Ghouta and Damascus to find shelter from the Syrian army’s attacks.