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Iranian military chief of staff: Assad and Iran will continue assault on Ghouta


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Orient Net, 25 February 2018-- Iranian military chief of staff said Iran and Assad regime will continue attacks on Eastern Ghouta, according to Reuters, but will respect a UN resolution demanding a 30-day truce elsewhere across Syria.

The Iranian official claimed that opposition-held areas in Rural Damascus “are not covered by the ceasefire and clean-up (operations) will continue there,” the semi-official news agency Tasnim quoted General Mohammad Baqeri as saying.

Assad militias, however, targeted on Sunday (Feb. 250 opposition-held areas not only in Eastern Ghouta but also in Hama province, according to our correspondents.

Twelve civilians, including children were killed from regime shelling and Russian airstrikes in different towns and cities of Eastern Ghouta today, while regime militias conducted an incursion to retake opposition-held enclave, taking advantage of the adopted the UN ceasefire resolution.

In Hama province, 4 civilians were killed including 2 children as regime militias targeted Kafarzeita city with heavy artillery missiles, while Russian aircraft targeted the outskirts of Kafarzeita and Al-Zaka village in the northern countryside.

The Security Council on Saturday unanimously adopted a 30-day ceasefire to allow for humanitarian aid deliveries and medical evacuations.

Regime airstrikes and artillery have been pounding the enclave near Damascus since Feb 18, with at least 519 killed since the bombing campaign was launched.