US Threatens To Act In Syria As It Pushes New UN Ceasefire
United States has warned it is ready to act in Syria if needed to end chemical attacks and "inhuman suffering" as it pushed for a new 30-day ceasefire in eastern Ghouta.
US ambassador Nikki Haley told the un security council that a ceasefire approved two weeks ago "has failed" and circulated a new draft resolution calling for a 30-day truce in the rebel enclave and Damascus.
The US ambassador recalled that President Donald Trump had ordered missile strikes on a Syrian air base in April last year in retaliation for a sarin gas attack blamed on President Bashar Al-Assad's forces.
The US-drafted text will decide on a 30-day cessation of hostilities throughout eastern Ghouta and Damascus city to begin immediately upon adoption.
The draft resolution will allow "safe, unimpeded and sustained access" for humanitarian aid convoys and "safe, unconditional, medical evacuations in eastern Ghouta."
A Syrian opposition representative told the council at a separate meeting that military action was a feasible option to stop the violence and force the Syrian government to the negotiating table.