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King Salman chairs cabinet meeting that demands end of Syrian violence

King Salman has chaired a Cabinet meeting that demanded the end of violence in Syria.

The Syrian government has launched an offensive in the Eastern Ghouta to retake it from the rebels. The UN Secretary-General says that the people who live there are living on “hell on earth.”7

Destruction is widespread and devastating. Hospitals, schools, and shops have all been hit by air strikes. In one district 93% of the buildings had been destroyed or damaged by December and the strikes just keep coming.

The Saudi Cabinet expressed concern over the Syrian government’s escalating attacks on Eastern Ghouta. They stressed that the government must stop the violence and allow humanitarian aid through.

Culture Minister Awwad Saleh said cabinet members felt “deep concern” over the Syrian regimes recent campaign and the “resultant impact on the district’s civilian residents.”

Despite a UN Security Council resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire, five people still died on Tuesday after a shell attack.

Since the 19th of February around 500 people have died, while countless others were injured, said UN officials.

The Cabinet also thanked King Salman for supporting the opening ceremony of Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum. As well as that, he also opened a new Saudi aid platform which will manage the Kingdom’s humanitarian and development contributions.

The Cabinet also condemned terrorist bombing which occurred in Samili, as well as attacks in Afghanistan. The Cabinet and Kingdom expressed condolences to the families of the victims.

 

 

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