Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Friday that Syrian government airstrikes in eastern Ghouta were unacceptable, and called on Russia and Iran to put pressure on Damascus authorities.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

“Russia and Iran must stop the regime. Since the beginning of the clashes until today, thousands of people in Eastern Ghouta have died. It’s enough. Russia must be sensitive about the ceasefire. Both countries [Russia and Iran] must take more responsibility,” Çavuşoğlu said, adding that an offensive by pro-government forces in the northern Syrian province of Idlib also violated a de-escalation agreement between Turkey, Iran and Russia.

“Russia and Iran are the guarantors for the Syrian regime. Turkey is the guarantor of the opposition. Our aim during the Astana process was to ensure the implementation of the Syrian ceasefire and form de-escalation zones. Violations conducted by the regime have increased lately. The air bombardments of Eastern Ghouta are unacceptable,” he added.

Çavuşoğlu stated that if the UN ceasefire proposal is approved, the fight against terrorist organizations will still continue.

“There are terrorist groups in Idlib. Armed terror organizations were allowed to leave. Now they are attacking the areas they were sent to. Let’s continue to fight against these terror groups together. The ceasefire proposal submitted to the UN today is a ceasefire between the regime and the opposition. However, the struggle against terrorist organizations will continue.

A new wave of bombs struck Syria’s eastern Ghouta unabated on Friday. For a sixth straight day, warplanes have pounded the densely populated agricultural pocket east of the capital, the last opposition bastion near Damascus.

The recent escalation has killed at least 426 people and injured hundreds more, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group says. The dead include at least 98 children.

Medical charities say jets have hit more than a dozen hospitals, making it near impossible to treat the wounded.

The Britain-based observatory said government warplanes and artillery hit Douma, Zamalka, and other towns across the enclave in the early hours on Friday.