The UN Security Council will vote on a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria following fatal strikes in Ghouta by the Assad regime. A similar resolution was vetoed by Russia just yesterday.

Destruction in Homs

Destruction in Homs Photo credit: Wikipedia

Following the Assad regime’s fatal bombardment of the rebel-controlled region of Ghouta earlier this week, in which over 400 people were reported dead, the UN Security Council is set to vote on a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid.

This will be the UN’s second attempt to pass the resolution after it was vetoed by Russia on Thursday. Vasily Nebenzya, the Russian ambassador to the UN, said, “If it were possible to put a quick end to violence by passing resolutions, we would be living in a very different world today.” He added that Russia would submit a list of amendments.

In response, US Ambassador for Economic and Social Affairs Kelley Currie told the Council that Assad is trying to “bomb or starve” his opponents into submission – just as he did in Aleppo, Hama and Homs.