A Syrian medic treats a wounded boy at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region, February 23, 2018. AFP / HAMZA AL-AJWEH
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The U.N. Security Council Friday delayed a vote on a demand for a 30-day cease-fire in Syria where pro-government warplanes have been pounding the last rebel bastion near Damascus in one of the deadliest bombing campaigns of the 7-year-old civil war. 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 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (17:00 GMT) Saturday, Kuwait's U.N. Ambassador Mansour Ayyad al-Otaibi said.The civilian casualties and devastation there are among the worst in Syria since the government captured rebel-held parts of Aleppo in 2016 . At least 462 people have been killed, including at least 99 children, and many hundreds wounded, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday.Syrian state media reported that one person was killed and 58 wounded in rebel shelling of sites in Damascus, including a hospital.
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