UN Security Council votes for 30-day ceasefire in Syria

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Source: United Nations/Manuel Elias

The United Nations Security Council unanimously voted on a month-long ceasefire in Syria. The ceasefire for the entire war-thorn country is meant to allow humanitarian aid to reach civilians.

The resolution was proposed by Kuwait and Sweden earlier this week but voting was postponed because of Russia objections.  On Saturday, as the voting was scheduled in UN Headquarters in New York City, Russia delayed the vote again, and insisted on looking at the language of the resolution.  Russia’s Ambassador to the U.N. Vassily Nebenzla called the immediate ceasefire unrealistic before voting in favor of it.

The resolution calls for the ceasefire to begin “without delay.”

This past week was yet another tragic chapter in the Syrian Civil War. Since last Sunday night more than 460 civilians, including 103 children, were killed and 2,500 people were wounded in Eastern Ghouta, according to reports by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Images of the dead bodies of Syrian children covered in kafans circulated on the internet this week. After the unanimous vote, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said “We owe this to the innocent people of Syria begging for help.” Haley said nineteen health facilities were bombed since last Sunday.

The seven day bombardment of Eastern Ghouta for provoked by Nusra fighter, al-Qaeda’s former Syria branch. The ceasefire does not include everyone. Attacks on militants from Al-Qaeda and ISIS are still allowed under the resolution.

Nineteen health facilities were bombed since last week. Around 400,000 people are in hiding in Eastern Ghouta, according to the United Nations.

The Syrian “Civil War,” which now also involves Russia, Iran, and the United States, started in March of 2011. The UN says the war has become the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II.

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