United States calls on Russian Federation to help enforce pause in Syria violence

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The Observatory said the eastern Ghouta death toll from four days of bombardment has reached 229, including 58 children.

Heather Nauert, a spokeswoman for the State Department, said the U.S.is "extremely concerned" about escalating violence in rebel-held areas in the northwestern province of Idlib and in Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus. They spoke on condition of anonymity as details were still emerging on the attack.

Syria has called on the U.N. Security Council to condemn the new "massacre" committed by the USA -led coalition east of the country that killed dozens of government-backed troops.

Fresh regime strikes on a besieged rebel-held enclave near Damascus killed close to 70 civilians.

Pinherio also alleges further crimes, including use of bombs "containing weaponised chlorine", which "have been used in the town of Saraqeb in Idlib and in Douma in eastern Ghouta".

"Now the rescue workers are searching for my second daughter but can't find her".

World powers failed to back an appeal by United Nations officials for a month-long ceasefire to allow for desperately needed aid deliveries and medical evacuations. Since the start of the month, the group has documented 234 deaths there, including 66 children and 42 women.

The deadliest raids hit Beit Sawa and Hammuriyeh, the Observatory said.

"I saw them filling up water, and a few minutes later the airplane hit". "Moscow was ready to adopt the statement, but there were two other delegations that said we can not adopt it the way it was basically agreed upon", he said.

"Children in Eastern Ghouta are being starved, bombed and trapped", says Sonia Khush, Save the Children's Syria Response Director.

Eastern Ghouta is home to an estimated 400,000 people who have lived under crippling government siege since 2013.

But the bombardment has increased in recent days, including with suspected chlorine-filled munitions.

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"The Syrian government once again warns Israel about the unsafe consequences of its attacks against the [Syrian] republic, and once again demands that the UNSC condemn these blatant attacks and take decisive and immediate action to stop these attacks and bring Israel to justice", the ministry declared.

The world's chemical watchdog voiced "grave concern" over the new reports.

"If there is no ceasefire, if this is all left unheard, we can not imagine the scale of the humanitarian disaster", she said.

Syria's government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons, but in the country in the past month.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday warned Israel of "repercussions" following airstrikes near Damascus which it blamed on Israel.

"Our air defense systems blocked them and destroyed majority", said the statement.

The attack occurred 5 miles (8km) east of a "de-confliction" line created to separate Russian-backed government troops and USA -backed forces in Syria, CNN said, citing a coalition statement.

SOHR said the fighters that attacked the SDF headquarters consisted of Afghan Shiite forces and local tribesmen in support of President Bashar Assad.

An unidentified USA official told CNN that some 500 pro-government forces were involved in the attack.

The statement did not say whether the incident caused casualties.

Syria's foreign ministry wrote a letter to the Security Council Thursday calling for global condemnation.


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