Rus­sia slams ‘un­ac­cept­able’ rhetoric as Aleppo bat­tered

The Myanmar Times - - World -

SYRIA’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.

At 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.

Krem­lin spokesper­son Dmitry Peskov hit back say­ing, “The over­all un­ac­cept­able tone and rhetoric of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the United King­dom and the United States 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 chil­dren, were killed in raids on Septem­ber 26.

A to­tal of 140 peo­ple, nearly all civil­ians, have been killed in Syr­ian and Rus­sian raids on east­ern Aleppo since Septem­ber 22.

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 of a short-lived cease­fire bro­kered by Moscow and Washington.

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

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

Photo: AFP

In­jured Syr­i­ans wait to re­ceive treat­ment at a make-shift hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing air strikes on rebel-held east­ern ar­eas of Aleppo on Septem­ber 26.

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