What’s happening in Syria? After 500 deaths this week, UN demands 30-day cease-fire


World leaders called Thursday for an urgent cease-fire in Syria as government forces pounded the opposition-controlled eastern suburbs of the capital in a crushing campaign that has left hundreds of people dead in recent days.

After more than 500 people were killed this week in Syria’s nearly seven-year civil war, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution for a 30-day cease-fire “without delay” in the war-torn country on Saturday.

What’s happening now? 

Airstrikes and shelling on eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus left at least 22 people dead and dozens wounded Saturday.

According to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the bombings raise the death toll to more than 500 residents, including 190 children and women. 

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Terrified civilians have been hiding in underground shelters where dozens can fit in tight spaces. 

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