WASHINGTON: The United Nations (UN) Security Council has passed a resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in the ongoing Syria war.
According to BBC, the 15-member council decided unanimously to allow aid deliveries and medical evacuations.
The decision has come after a week of intense bombing by government forces on the Eastern Ghouta rebel enclave, near Damascus.
BBC says the air strikes continued despite the ceasefire.
The vote had been delayed several times since Thursday as members struggled to come to an agreement.
Russia, an ally of Syria’s government, wanted changes. Western diplomats accused Moscow of stalling for time.
The US ambassador to the UN, Nicky Haley, called for the ceasefire to be implemented immediately but said she was sceptical that Syria would comply.
Russia’s UN envoy, Vitaly Churkin, said the ceasefire would not be possible without agreements between warring factions.