UN chief ‘deeply alarmed’ by Eastern Ghouta violence

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, late Tuesday, said he was “deeply alarmed” by the escalating violence in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta enclave after more than 100 civilians were killed in the second straight day of air strikes.

Guterres urged all sides to uphold the basic principles of humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians.

“The Secretary-general is deeply alarmed by the escalating situation in Eastern Ghouta and its devastating impact on civilians,” said a UN spokesman.

Guterres recalled that Eastern Ghouta has been designated as a de-escalation zone by Russia, Iran, and Turkey and he reminded all parties “of their commitments in this regard.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency