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U.S. pressure needed to prop up imperiled Syrian ceasefire

Syrians in basement of bombed-out building
Syrians sheltering in a basement during the ongoing bombardments in Eastern Ghouta. Photo: Anas Aldamashqi / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

The Assad regime continues to flout the UN Security Council’s resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. Meanwhile, a Russian plan for a humanitarian corridor into Eastern Ghouta has collapsed amid renewed fighting, a sign that Moscow is not yet serious about reigning in their client in Damascus.

Why it matters: The 400,000 civilians trapped in Eastern Ghouta and over a quarter million Syrians in other remote and besieged areas are in acute need of humanitarian assistance. That aid will remain out of reach.