Trump called Russia's actions in Syria a "humanitarian disgrace"

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Staffan de Mistura renewed his call on Friday to stop both the "horrific heavy bombardment" of besieged eastern Ghouta and indiscriminate mortar shelling of Damascus.

The proposal was for a vote at midday EST (5pm United Kingdom time).

It also proposes the immediate lifting of all sieges, including in eastern Ghouta, Yarmouk, Foua and Kefraya and ordering all sides to "cease depriving civilians of food and medicine indispensable to their survival".

US President Donald Trump on Friday slammed as a "disgrace" the actions of the Syrian government and its Iranian and Russian backers, as the world struggles to stop a deadly assault on a rebel-held enclave near Damascus.

What does the draft resolution say? A proposal for the truce to start 72 hours after the resolution's adoption has been watered-down to instead demand it start "without delay" in a bid to win Russian support.

Eastern Ghouta has 400,000 people spread over a larger area than other enclaves the government has recaptured.

He addressed the press flanked by the other nine elected members of the Security Council.

"So I think for the council it's a little bit less about the details and more about giving a political pressure to ensure that this happens". "Civilian casualties and destructions have been reported", the statement said.

"United Nations agencies had described a picture of hell on Earth".

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The draft resolution also calls for all parties to avoid establishing military positions in civilian areas, including schools and hospitals.

Unrelenting air strikes on the rebel-held stronghold of Eastern Ghouta in Syria have claimed dozens more lives.

Outside UN headquarters in NY, a coalition of aid groups put up three billboards, inspired by the film "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri" that said "500,000 dead in Syria".

That would allow the Syrian government offensive to continue against Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Idlib, the last province in Syria outside the control of Damascus.

Mr Lavrov told reporters his country would be prepared to vote for the ceasefire under certain conditions.

"You see here the the E10 group which is actively working on finding the compromise language in order for all of us on the Council to agree on the text because we want to show that the Security Council can really work effectively", he said.

A draft resolution aimed at ending the carnage in the eastern Ghouta district and elsewhere in Syria will be put up for a vote in the 15-member council at noon (1700 GMT) on Saturday, Kuwait's U.N. Ambassador Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi said.

He said Russian Federation had proposed "a formula which would make the ceasefire real".

The sources said the stealth fighter planes were still undergoing flight tests and there was no confirmation they had yet been used in combat.

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