Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, said Tuesday that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other UN diplomats involved in the situation in Syria have been delivering constant messages to the Russian government regarding the situation in Aleppo.In a press briefing at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday, Dujarric declined to directly answer questions about the response to the UN Secretary General messages, noting that “one can assess the…
UK special representative for Syria, Gareth Bayley, said that “during peace talks Russia deliberately focused on decimating the opposition in Aleppo,” stressing that the objective of Russia’s scorched earth policy is to eradicate the moderate opposition and strengthen Assad’s negotiating position.In remarks he posted on Twitter on Tuesday, Bayley said that Russian airstrikes kill “not just moderate opposition forces- who were represented in Geneva…but large number of civilians.”“I strongly urge…
The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O'Brien, called on the Assad regime and other parties involved in Syria to honor their duty to protect civilians and allow safe access for aid as tens of thousands of people have been displaced from Aleppo and elsewhere in the country's north by heavy regime and Russia bombardment.In a statement released on Monday, the United Nations emergency relief chief…
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said regime forces and the Russian military have been carrying out daily cluster bomb attacks in Syria over the past few weeks.A Human Rights Watch report, released Monday, said that internationally banned cluster munitions were used in at least 14 attacks across five provinces since Jan. 26. HRW said the attacks killed at least 37 civilians, including six women and nine children, and wounded dozens.Nadim Houry,…
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu criticized Russia’s violent airstrikes on Syria, particularly on Aleppo, stressing that “no one can tolerate or approve the ongoing Russian airstrikes that amount to ethnic cleansing.”At a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Ankara on Monday, Davutoglu said that Russia’s ongoing aerial bombardment on Syria has caused large civilian casualties.“Aleppo is de facto under siege. We are on the verge of a…
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