Orient Net, Mar 2, 2018 -- The UN Human Rights Council will hold an urgent debate on Friday (March 2), at the request of Britain, on the deteriorating situation in Syria’s enclave of eastern Ghouta, the council’s spokesman said according to Reuters.
Julian Braithwaite, Britain’s ambassador to the council, said in a letter that his country would seek adoption of a resolution whose text was still being drafted on Friday morning, calling for accountability for crimes, unimpeded aid access and an independent inquiry into events in eastern Ghouta. UN investigators are scheduled to issue their next report on March 6.
Hundreds of people have been killed in 12 days of bombings in the besieged eastern Ghouta, a swath of towns and farms outside Damascus that is the last major opposition-controlled area near the capital, where the ongoing onslaught has been one of the fiercest of Syria’s war.
A UN Security Resolution demanding a 30-day nationwide ceasefire was adopted last Saturday (February 24), but was never implemented.