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Russia has had quite enough of the "Rebels" operating in Syria with the support of foreign governments. Rebels in the suburbs of Damascus, an area called Ghouta, are particularly troublesome and those "rebels" are backed by, among others, Saudi Arabia.

This morning, a Russian Air Force plane flew directly from Damascus, Syria to Riyhad, Saudi Arabia, with a Russian Military official onboard who told the Saudis face-to-face "Pull your forces out of Ghouta or we will obliterate the place, Grozny-style."

The UN Secretary General has demanded an immediate end to fighting in the Eastern Ghouta in Syria, describing the rebel enclave as a "hell on earth".

"My appeal to all those involved is for an immediate suspension of all war activities," Antonio Guterres told the UN Security Council on Wednesday.

He said a ceasefire would allow humanitarian aid to reach the region.

The Eastern Ghouta has been under fierce bombardment from Syrian government forces in recent days.

The Syrian military says it is trying to liberate the area from what it terms terrorists.

"I believe Eastern Ghouta cannot wait," Mr Guterres said.

"This is a human tragedy that is unfolding in front of our eyes and I don't think we can let things go on happening in this horrendous way."

He said an end to the fighting would allow the evacuation of hundreds of people who require urgent treatment.

Russia has meanwhile called for an urgent Security Council meeting on Thursday to discuss the violence in the Eastern Ghouta.

Earlier on Wednesday, UN human rights commissioner Zeid Raad Al Hussein joined calls for an end to the conflict in the region.

"How much cruelty will it take before the international community can speak with one voice to say enough dead children, enough wrecked families, enough violence, and take resolute, concerted action to bring this monstrous campaign of annihilation to an end?" he said in a statement.

The Eastern Ghouta is dominated by the Islamist faction Jaysh al-Islam. But Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a jihadist alliance led by al-Qaeda's former affiliate in Syria, also has a presence there.

Pro-government forces, backed by Russia, intensified their efforts to retake the last major rebel stronghold on Sunday night.

Since then, activists say nearly 300 people have died, more than 60 of them children. At least 1,400 people have been injured, they say.

 

What Do they mean "Grozny-style?"

The 1999–2000 battle of Grozny was the siege and assault of the Chechen capital Grozny by Russian forces, lasting from late 1999 to early 2000. The siege and fighting left the capital devastated. In 2003, the United Nations called Grozny the most destroyed city on Earth.

At the time, Russia utilized Thermobaric Bombs against that city. Nothing survived those blasts.  Those types of bombs, in terms of their local destructive power, are only one step below atomic weapons.

That's what Russia means.

 

 *** CORRECTION: This story previously reported "a plane flew from Moscow to Riyhad carrying a Russian Envoy. . ."  That has been corrected to report "a Russian Air Force plane flew from Damascus to Riyhad carrying a Russian Military General who told the Saudis . . ."

 

 

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