Syria’s Aleppo reels from air strikes, UN chief ‘appalled’

September 25, 2016 | By | Reply More

Sep 25, – Nearly two million civilians were left without water in the devastated northern city after regime bombardment damaged a pumping station and rebels shut down another in retaliation, the United Nations said.

Syria's Aleppo reels from air strikesResidents in Syria’s battleground city of Aleppo cowered indoors Saturday as fierce air strikes toppled buildings and killed at least 45 civilians, after diplomatic efforts to revive a ceasefire failed.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said he was “appalled by the chilling military escalation” since the Syrian army on Thursday announced the launch of an offensive backed by Russian air raids to oust rebels from eastern Aleppo that has cost around 100 lives.

The use of bunker buster bombs and other advanced munitions against civilians may amount to war crimes, he warned.

Voicing indignation, US Secretary of State John Kerry who failed in talks this week with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to revive a ceasefire said: “What is happening in Aleppo today is unacceptable. It is beyond the pale.”

“If people are serious about wanting a peaceful outcome… they should cease and desist bombing innocent women and children, cease cutting off water and laying siege in mediaeval terms to an entire community,” he said.

Kerry had harsh words for Moscow’s involvement in the conflict, in comments at a meeting with his European counterparts.

“Russia needs to set an example, not a precedent -– an unacceptable precedent, I might add, for the entire world,” he said.

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, for his part, told the UN General Assembly that the army and its allies were making “great strides” in the conflict.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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