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Israeli Minister Holds Iran Responsible for Syria, Lebanon Strikes

09 February 2018

Four days of intense Syrian government strikes on a besieged rebel-held area outside Damascus are reported to have killed more than 200 civilians.

The U.S. on Thursday backed up the United Nations' call for a month-long ceasefire in Syria and urged Russian Federation to use its sway with Damascus to ensure aid workers access to hard-hit rebel enclaves.

The SDF and the coalition targeted the attacking forces with air strikes and shelling after "20 to 30 artillery and tank rounds landed within 500 metres (yards) of the SDF headquarters location", a U.S. official said.

Meanwhile, the lead investigator of a UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry on Syria said his team was looking into reports that bombs allegedly containing weaponized chlorine were used on two recent occasions, in the town of Saraqeb, in Idlib, and Douma, in Eastern Ghouta.

Eastern Ghouta was designated as one of several "de-escalation zones" by backers of the Syrian government - Russian Federation and Iran - as well as Turkey who oppose the government.

More than 130 people have been killed since the Syrian regime intensified its bombardment on the besieged Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the capital Damascus, on February 5, rescuers and monitoring groups have said. "Eastern Ghouta is experiencing a Middle Ages-style siege".

Some 700 critically ill and wounded patients need to be evacuated for treatment, but the government has not given the United Nations access for this since late November.

The UN humanitarian coordinator for Syria, Panos Moumtzis, has called for a month-long ceasefire to allow aid convoys to reach civilians in Eastern Ghouta.

East Ghouta's medical facilities are already facing severe shortages of supplies amidst an airtight government siege.

The Crisis Group analyst suggested that Russian Federation brokers a deal within which Israel will acquiesce to Iran's influence in Damascus and will come to terms with the Syrian state's symbolic return to south-western Syria, where the first protests of the 2011 uprising began. It said one of its workers was also killed by an airstrike while responding to a call for rescue in the area. Since 25 August previous year the Rohingya have endured widespread and systematic attacks by government security forces, including mass killings, rape, torture, and forced displacement. Rebels have previously claimed to have downed Syrian government planes or drones, but it was the first time they hit a Russian aircraft.

The airstrikes on civilian residential areas killed 19 in Arbin, 17 in Jisrin, 2 in Zamalka, 3 in Sabka, 3 in Misraba, 7 in Hamuriya, 1 in Bayt Sava and another in Madyara neighborhoods, the sources told agencies. Roman Filipov. The ministry said he ejected himself from his jet, exchanged gunfire with the militants then blew himself up with a hand grenade when they closed in on him. Mr Le Drian's also criticised Turkey for waging a separate offensive against Kurdish fighters in Afrin in north Syria. Iran is another key supporter of Assad's government.

Israeli Minister Holds Iran Responsible for Syria, Lebanon Strikes