DW – February 25, 2018
On Sunday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has carried out new airstrikes on eastern Ghouta’s rebel-held suburbs despite the UN Security Council’s resolution on a 30-day humanitarian truce across the country.
Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri said Tehran and Damascus would respect the UN resolution, according to the Tasnim news agency, but the truce did not cover parts of the Damascus suburbs “held by the terrorists.”
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the UN resolution would not affect Turkey’s offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria’s Kurdish-held Afrin region.
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to stress “that it is crucial that the (UN) resolution be implemented quickly and comprehensively.”