The Syrian Interim Government’s health directorate in Rural Damascus has published appalling figures of the death toll in the suburb of eastern Ghouta as a Syrian Coalition official stressed that the international community's lukewarm response towards the Assad regime led to the occurrence of war crimes on a large scale in Syria.
Member of the Coalition’s political committee Yasser Farhan said that the humanitarian tragedy affecting the people of eastern Ghouta has become the last appeal to the United Nations to carry out its moral and legal duties to protect civilians.
In press release issue on Tuesday, the Directorate of Health said that 1,201 civilians have been killed and 8,804 others injured in eastern Ghouta over the last three weeks of the ferocious military campaign being launched by the Assad regime forces with Russian support. It indicated that the victims included at least 209 children and 213 women.
The Directorate said that two doctors, four nurses, and two paramedics were killed in attacks on hospitals and medical centers in the besieged Damascus suburb.
The figures showed that the humanitarian suffering in eastern Ghouta had reached an unprecedented level since the siege and bombardment began in 2013.
Farhan stressed that war crimes being committed against Syrian civilians make it incumbent on the Syrian people’s friendly countries to take action outside the UN Security Council and launch a military strike against the Assad regime to force it to abide by UN Security Council resolution 2401 demanding a ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need.
Member of the political committee and the Syrian Negotiations Commission Hadi al-Bahra stressed the need for the UN Security Council’s member states to take measures to force the Assad regime to abide by Resolution 2401. He said that such measures are likely to push ahead the political process and negotiations.
"It is feasible. It is necessary. And it is overdue,” Bahra told a meeting of the UN Security Council on Monday. He slammed Russia’s continued disabling of the UN Security Council through its repeated use of its veto power to shield the Assad regime. (Source: Syrian’s Coalition Media Department)