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UN special envoy for Syria calls for immediate truce

Tehran, Anadolu - The UN special envoy for Syria on Friday reiterated his call for immediate cease-fire amid 'horrific' bombings in besieged Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus.

Staffan De Mistura called on guarantor countries Turkey, Russia and Iran for an immediate meeting for re-establishing 'tension reduction zones', in a statement read out by UN spokeswoman Alessandra Vellucci during a briefing in Geneva.

De Mistura underlined that immediate, unhindered humanitarian access to Eastern Ghouta, as well as evacuation of the sick and injured had to follow the cease-fire.

On Thursday, Russia's permanent representative to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia said Russia would not support a UN Security Council proposal calling for a one-month humanitarian cease-fire in Eastern Ghouta unless some changes were made.

Nebenzia described the proposal as unrealistic.

Home to some 400,000 people, Eastern Ghouta has remained under a crippling siege for the last five years, bringing it to the verge of humanitarian catastrophe.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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