EU ministers to say Aleppo offensive 'may amount to war crimes' - draft

Laura Christensen
October 23, 2016

You have to keep cleaning this area and to push the terrorists to go back to where they come from, or to kill them. "38 others were injured", he said.

"The bombing started at 2am and it's going on until now", Aleppo civil defence official Ibrahim Abu Laith said. The Syrian army and local militia forces have managed to encircle large groups of terrorists in some districts of the city, but it is yet to be liberated fully. "This is the importance of Aleppo now".

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are due to meet in Switzerland on Saturday to resume their failed effort to find a diplomatic solution along with counterparts from some Middle East states.

"We would like to have a meeting in this narrow format, to have a businesslike discussion, not another General Assembly-like debate", Lavrov said. "Flour will run out in a month", he told reporters by telephone Friday from the city of Gazientep in southern Turkey.

And in an interview with Sky News the Mayor of the city at the heart of the brutal conflict, attacked the global community for failing to halt airstrikes by Assad Regime and Russian forces.

Mr Sablin, who regularly visits Syria and meets with Mr Assad, said Mr Putin wanted to gain more bargaining power before dealing with President Barack Obama's successor.

Ahead of the talks, however, Lavrov said he had "no special expectations" because Moscow had not yet seen reciprocal steps from its Western partners.

The Syrian army, supported by Iranian-backed militias and Russian air power, announced a major offensive to capture the rebel-held part of the city on September 22, unleashing firepower not previously seen in the 5-1/2-year long war.

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Rescue workers said 154 people had been killed in recent days.

At least 81 people were killed in airstrikes Tuesday on the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood and at least 45 a day later in al-Fardous neighborhood, the activist said.

The ensuing surge in fighting has accompanied a large-scale government offensive, backed by Russian air power, to capture the opposition-held half of battered Aleppo.

A proposed joint cooperation deal between Moscow and Washington was scuppered last month, following a United States airstrike on a Syrian army unit, which Pentagon says was accidental, and a bombing of a UN aid convoy, which most Western powers insist was carried out by Russian Federation, which denies responsibility. But Johnson reaffirmed his belief that Britain should not raise "false hopes" about the idea of a no-fly zone to prevent Russian and Syrian government attacks on Aleppo.

The besieged population of 275,000 - including 100,000 children - is in desperate need of food, water and medical supplies.

Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy, deputy special United Nations envoy for Syria, told reporters Thursday that the situation in eastern Aleppo was dire, with hundreds of people, including children, in urgent need of medical evacuation. "The opposition has also planned a substantial counter-offensive on pro-regime lines south-west of the city, as well as other offensives in Hama and Latakia which would seek to draw regime resources away from any Aleppo operation".

The Observatory said several people were wounded in the attack while the Aleppo Media Center said the hospital was hit three times on Friday and that a fire broke out afterward at the facility.

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