Published: 2018-02-24 18:18
Last Updated: 2018-02-25 10:07
Turkey has called on the international community to end the “massacre” in the Syrian enclave of Al-Ghuta which has been under fire for the past week.
The call comes before a scheduled vote for the United Nations Security Council on Feb.24 on a humanitarian cease fire.
"The regime is committing massacres in Eastern Ghouta," Turkish Presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın said on Twitter.
"The world should say stop to this massacre together," Kalın said.
According to the UK-based Syrian observer for Human Rights monitor, 500 civilians were killed, including 121 children, in the past week by the Syrian regime and Russian forces. Moscow has denied any involvement in the assault.
The UN Security Council was supposed to vote on Feb.23 on a resolution calling for a 30-day humanitarian cease fire, but delayed it until Feb.24 to give more space for the conflicting parties to negotiate.
More than 340,000 people have been killed, millions were forced to flee the country or are internally displaced since the conflict began with anti-government protests in 2011.