Strikes pound Syria's Eastern Ghouta as world fumbles for response

Strikes pound Syria's Eastern Ghouta as world fumbles for responseSyrian regime air strikes and artillery fire hit the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta for a sixth straight day Friday killing 38 civilians, as world powers struggled to reach a UN deal to stop the carnage. More than 460 civilians, including over 100 children, have been killed in nearly a week of bombardment that has been one of the seven-year conflict’s bloodiest episodes. Diplomatic haggling delayed a vote at the United Nations Security Council on a 30-day truce, with Kuwait’s Ambassador Mansour al-Otaibi, who holds the council presidency, saying “we are very close” to agreement with Russia, Syria’s ally.



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