British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said that the Assad regime, Russia and the Iranian-backed militias are responsible for massacres taking place in Aleppo.
At a press conference with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara on Tuesday, Johnson expressed his country’s support for the Turkish-backed operation code-named: Operation Shield of the Euphrates which aims to oust ISIS militants from northern rural Aleppo.
Separately, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Red Cross on Tuesday called for dozens of sick and wounded people in the besieged eastern parts of Aleppo to be evacuated through safe corridors for treatment.
Regime forces, backed by Iranian-backed militias and covered by the Russian air force, launched a brutal assault on Aleppo to take the rebel-held parts of the city.
WHO said only 35 doctors remained in Aleppo to care for more than 250,000 people. Only 7 hospitals remain in eastern Aleppo, some of them only partially functional, and hundreds of those wounded are trapped in the encircled city, WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said.
Medical staff in eastern Aleppo are working relentlessly to save lives but are unable to cope with the demand for specialized and emergency services, ICRC spokeswoman Krista Armstrong said.
“There is a desperate need for medical evacuations; hospitals are short of surgical trauma items and blood products for transfusions,” she said.
Doctors in Aleppo said on Monday they were in dire need of medical and surgical supplies to treat hundreds of wounded.
President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Alabdah on Tuesday said that the US administration still has a chance to rethink its approach to the Syrian conflict, calling for putting an end to the barbaric onslaught by Russia and the Assad regime on Aleppo. Alabdah said that Russian and Assad regime forces deliberately target aid convoys, civilians, hospitals, and vital civilian infrastructure.
Friends of the Syrian People are now facing a moment of truth, Alabdah noted, adding that those friends have a duty to support the Syrian revolution that shares with them the values and principles on which their countries were founded. Friends of the Syrian People must not allow tyranny and dictatorship in Syria to prevail, Alabdah added. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Agencies)