Syrian Government Agrees To Conditional Ceasefire In Rebel-Controlled Area After U.N. Authorizes Investigation Into Attacks On Health Facilities

Associated Press: Syria says it agrees to cease-fire in rebel stronghold
“Syria’s government said it has agreed to a conditional cease-fire starting late Thursday in northwestern Syria, according to state media. Government troops and allied Russia warplanes have been carrying out a three-month offensive against the rebel’s last stronghold, which has displaced hundreds of thousands and has targeted health facilities and other infrastructure. The decision came hours after U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres authorized an investigation into attacks on health facilities and schools in the rebel-held enclave, following a petition from 10 members of the U.N. Security Council…” (Aji/Lederer, 8/1).

Washington Post: U.N. to investigate accusations that Russia, Syria are deliberately targeting hospitals
“The United Nations has ordered an investigation into a surge of Russian and Syrian airstrikes against hospitals and clinics in northwestern Syria amid growing concerns that Russia is using U.N.-supplied data to deliberately target medical facilities. U.N. Secretary General António Guterres authorized the inquiry Thursday after pressure from U.N. Security Council members and human rights groups to do more to establish why health facilities and other civilian infrastructure such as schools and rescue services are being hit so frequently in the recent fighting…” (Sly, 8/1).