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UN Security Council Demands 30-Day Syria Truce

All 15 members of the council voted in favor of the cessation of hostilities in eastern Ghouta. (file photo)

The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria "without delay" to allow aid deliveries and medical evacuations.

All 15 members of the council voted on February 24 in favor of the cessation of hostilities following a flurry of last-minute negotiations on the text.

Reports said the resolution's sponsors, Kuwait and Sweden, amended the text to get Russian support, dropping a demand that the truce take effect in 72 hours.

Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has veto power on the security council.

The vote comes as Syrian government forces killed more than 500 civilians during a week of intense bombardment in eastern Ghouta, a rebel-held enclave near the capital, Damascus, according to activists.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, Reuters, and dpa