China Military Online, the official website of China's armed forces, published Wednesday an article detailing the competing narratives over a failed ceasefire attempt in Syria, where Russian Federation has joined the military in bombarding the insurgent-held suburb of eastern Ghouta, outside of Damascus.
Al-Wafideen has always been the formal point for people to enter and exit Eastern Ghouta. On Wednesday, the armed groups opened fire on governmental troops near the humanitarian corridor.
Humanitarian organisations say they need to be sure any truces are taking effect on the ground before sending in aid workers and vehicles.
Bassam Khabieh / Reuters A child walks near damaged buildings in the besieged town of Douma, Syria, on February 20, 2018. No casualties at all were reported when Wednesday's humanitarian window closed at 2:00 pm (1200 GMT) but warplanes were back in the sky moments later.
Since 18 February more than 500 civilians have been killed in bombings in eastern Ghouta, according to SOHR.
Speaking to Al Arabiya English during the five-hour ceasefire, Bilbao said the bombings had lessened, but not stopped.
She said the attacks in eastern Ghouta were "horrific" and likened the devastation there to the assault past year on Aleppo. Moscow accused the rebel factions in Eastern Ghouta of not allowing civilians to flee through a Syrian government checkpoint.
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"So if there has been no humanitarian access since the resolution on Saturday, what has happened in the last few days?" "One child died as a result", he said. The government and Russian Federation say their bombing campaign is targeting HTS members in the enclave.
Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the UN's human rights chief, said: "Eastern Ghouta, the other besieged areas in Syria, Ituri and the Kasais in the (Democratic Republic of Congo), Taiz in Yemen, Burundi, Northern Rakhine in Myanmar have become some of the most prolific slaughterhouses of humans in recent times because not enough was done, early and collectively, to prevent the rising horrors".
Eastern Ghouta has been under rebel control since 2013, after which President Bashar al-Assad's government imposed a siege on the area in an attempt to drive out opposition fighters.
"Shells even crash into the grounds of the Russian embassy and the economic mission". "How can we go to those who killed our brothers and friends, destroyed our homes and deprived us of everything in life?" "Of course not", he said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, addressing a United Nations -sponsored Conference on Disarmament, said Syria had eliminated its chemical weapons stockpile and placed its arsenal under worldwide control. But no civilians have left, and no humanitarian aid has entered.
But residents say neither the ceasefire nor the corridors have been implemented.
U.S. ambassador Kelley Currie called a 5-hour pause "cynical and callous and in flagrant defiance of the demands" for a cessation of hostilities.
Last week Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General, described Eastern Ghouta as being like "hell on Earth".
While diplomats at the United Nations wrangled over implementing the ceasefire, the regime was making a push for territory on the fringes of the besieged enclave.