Feb 24 2018

Turkish officials urged the international community to end the "massacre" in Eastern Ghouta

Turkish officials urged the international community on Saturday to end the "massacre" in the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, the rebel-held areas that the Syrian forces have been bombing, ahead of the UN Security Council vote.

"Have you seen or heard any country reacting to the continued atrocity in Eastern Ghouta for the last several days?" said Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a speech on Saturday.

President Erdoğan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin also said "The Assad regime is massacring [people] in Eastern Ghouta," on Twitter, "The entire world should say in unison: 'Stop this massacre," he said.


Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuoğlu, on Friday, called on Russia and Iran to "stop" the regime's bombardment in one of the conflict's bloodiest episodes.

Turkey has supported Syrian rebels since the beginning of the Syrian civil war and insisted on the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As part of a peace process held in Astana between Russia, Iran - both support Bashar al-Assad- and Turkey, the three countries created de-escalation zones across Syria, including one for Eastern Ghouta. 

The UN Security Council had been due to hold a vote on Friday, calling for a 30-day ceasefire to allow aid deliveries and the evacuations, yet the vote was cancelled amid diplomatic haggling.

UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said that as new air strikes hit the enclave on Saturday, the civilian death toll raised to over 500 including more than 120 children.