Haley: We're prepared to act on Syria

Addressing the Security Council 16 days after it passed a resolution demanding a cease fire that largely has failed to stop the bombing or allow humanitarian access, Haley compared the situation today to previous year when the United States launched airstrikes against a Syrian military base after a deadly chemical weapons attack.

"Syria is Russia's. They took ownership of it, they need to fix it and now they're whining because they can't", Haley said during her Central America trip.

"We also warn any nation that is determined to impose its will through chemical attacks and inhumane suffering, most especially the outlaw Syrian regime, the United States remains prepared to act if we must", she said. "It is not a path we prefer".

Reviewing his annual report at a Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, Zeid bin Ra'ad, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that the indiscriminate and brutal attacks against civilians in the eastern Ghouta can not be justified no matter what, dismissing the Syrian regime's false claims that it took precautions to protect civilians as "ridiculous", and stressing the need to take the matter to the International Criminal Court.

"This was done in order to prepare the ground for unilateral military actions against sovereign Syria", Nebenzya said in reference to the attempts to put the blame on the Syrian government for the chemical weapons use in the country.

"In the eyes of Russia, Iran and Assad, the neighborhoods of Eastern Ghouta are full of terrorists", Haley said.

About 85 percent of the dead were civilians killed by the forces of the Syrian government and its allies, the Observatory said. To our knowledge, not one critically sick or wounded person has yet been evacuated.

"No sieges have been lifted", Guterres said.

"We have seen nothing but carnage in response to the Security Council's resolution calling for a halt to the massacre in Eastern Ghouta", says Arnaud Quemin, the Mercy Corps director of programs in Syria.

UNICEF noted that it has also led to delayed recovery or a worsening of medical conditions.

Since Feb. 18, forces loyal to President Bashar Assad have retaken almost 60 percent of the enclave, whittling down rebel territory to three isolated pockets.

"It is simple, straightforward and binding".

"There's a lot of decisions to be made now", said Haley during a visit to Central America days after the unanimous February 24 Security Council vote.

Asked about the Syrian conflict at a news conference in India, Macron said France would be ready to strike if it found "irrefutable evidence" chemical weapons had been used to kill.

Russia's United Nations ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, mocked the number of times his country was mentioned during the debate - counting 22 times by Haley, 16 times by the French envoy and 12 by the British representative.

Nebenzia has defended Syria's government and the ongoing anti-terrorism operation in Eastern Ghouta, asserting that it has "every right to try and remove the threat to the safety of its citizens". "Violence continues in eastern Ghouta and beyond - including in Afrin, parts of Idlib and into Damascus and its suburbs".

The U.S. draft would eliminate what U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley called a "loophole" in the February 24 resolution that allows military operations against al-Qaida and Islamist State extremist groups.

The agreement would offer safe passage to rebels and civilians who wanted to leave and the town would come under government control.

He ended by quoting Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz: "They are liars". "Today we must ask whether Russian Federation can no longer influence the Assad regime to stop the brutal destruction of hospitals, medical clinics, and ambulances". "These were true hospitals, genuine hospitals, not headquarters of fighters which they very frequently claim to be hospitals".

  • Angelo Rivera