UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Switzerland ahead of Syria peace talks.
The UN's top mediator has urged the Russian president to push Damascus to accept new elections. Staffan de Mistura warned that time is ticking and failure to move forward on peace talks risks the country's future.
Israel has fired missiles at a military facility in the Damascus countryside, a Syrian opposition watchdog reports. According to Syrian state media, air defense systems intercepted three of the missiles.
Syria's White Helmets are sounding the alarm. In light of ongoing UN-led peace talks, the civil protection organization is calling for increased civilian safeguards and more international pressure on the Assad regime.
Syrian forces backed by Russia have launched deadly attacks across the country in the run-up to UN-backed talks. After making gains against rebels and the "Islamic State," Damascus is consolidating control in Syria.
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