Aleppo battered as Russia slams ‘unacceptable’ rhetoric

September 27, 2016 | By | Reply More

Sep 27, – A fresh wave of intense air strikes battered Aleppo’s opposition-controlled east, said an correspondent in the city facing its worst violence in years.

Aleppo battered as Russia slams 'unacceptable' rhetoricSyria’s Aleppo faced worsening food and medical shortages and warplanes again pounded the city as Russia condemned what it called “unacceptable” Western rhetoric after allegations of war crimes.

During an emergency session of the UN Security Council, US ambassador Samantha Power accused Russia of “barbarism”, while the British and French envoys went even further.

“War crimes are being committed here in Aleppo,” Francois Delattre of France said, while Britain’s envoy spoke of bunker-busting bombs and more sophisticated weaponry unleashing a “new hell” on Syrians.

“It is difficult to deny that Russia is partnering with the Syrian regime to carry out war crimes,” said Britain’s Matthew Rycroft.

The Kremlin hit back.

Spokesman Dmitry Peskov denounced “the overall unacceptable tone and rhetoric of the representatives of the United Kingdom and the United States, which can damage and harm our relations”.

Despite the exchange, the violence showed no signs of abating on the ground, with people in Aleppo saying food and vital medical supplies were dwindling to nothing.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said at least 12 people, including three children, were killed in Monday’s raids on several rebel-held districts.

– Blood shortage, more amputations –

Including the latest deaths, a total of 140 people, nearly all civilians, have been killed in Syrian and Russian raids on eastern Aleppo since late Thursday.

They include 23 children and 10 women, Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said Monday.

It was the fourth day of intense bombardment since a defiant Syrian regime launched a new assault to retake all of Aleppo following the collapse early last week of a short-lived ceasefire brokered by Moscow and Washington.

Since the truce fell apart, a total of 248 people have been killed in Aleppo city and the wider province by Russian and government bombardment, the Observatory said.

A Syrian military source told AFP regime forces had no intention of letting up on rebel-held areas.

“The air force will bomb any terrorist movements, this is an irreversible decision,” the source said, reiterating the regime’s goal was to “recapture all regions of Syria” outside its control.

A medical source in rebel-held Aleppo said hospitals were struggling to deal with a huge number of casualties.

“Hospitals that are still in service are under a lot of pressure due to the significant number of wounded in recent days, and the major shortage of blood,” the source told AFP.

“Because of this, serious injuries are requiring immediate amputations.”

With Aleppo back under siege since regime forces again fully surrounded the city in early September, residents were left reeling from food shortages and skyrocketing prices as well as intensifying violence.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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