airstrikes batter Syria's eastern Ghouta region, the United Nations security council has approved a 30-day humanitarian cease-fire. The US ambassador laying into Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, for delaying the vote for several days. Every minute the council waited on Russia, the human suffering grew.
We may not know the faces that we're talking about. We may not know their names, or these people, but they know us, and we all failed them this week.>> The truce does not include militants from Islamic State or Al Qaeda, and would allow aid deliveries and medical evacuations.
But it's not clear what if any effect the ceasefire demand may actually have. Iran who's backed militia groups supporting Assad said attacks would continue on rebel areas regardless of the UN's demands. And there were reports of fighting on us several frontlines between rebels and government forces. Past attempts at a truce have also failed.
The air campaign in Syria is at one of the heaviest points in the seven year war, at least 500 people, including more than 120 children, have been killed in the last week. Dozens of hospitals have also been attacked, but the Syrian government and Russia say they're only trying to stop mortar attacks by insurgents.