Russia slams ‘unacceptable’ rhetoric as Aleppo battered
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.
Injured Syrians wait to receive treatment at a make-shift hospital following air strikes on rebel-held eastern areas of Aleppo on September 26.