US: Re­newed Rus­sian strikes break law

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE United States has strongly con­demned Rus­sia’s re­newed bomb­ing cam­paign in Syria and warned that its strikes on civil­ian tar­gets break in­ter­na­tional law.

State Depart­ment spokesper­son El­iz­a­beth Trudeau said Wash­ing­ton had re­ceived re­ports that the lat­est Rus­sian and Syr­ian regime strikes had hit hos­pi­tals and clin­ics.

Ear­lier, Moscow said it had launched a “ma­jor op­er­a­tion” in sup­port of Bashar al-As­sad’s Syr­ian regime, fly­ing jets off its air­craft car­rier in the Mediter­ranean.

De­fence Min­is­ter Sergei Shoigu said Rus­sian war­planes were hit­ting rebel tar­gets in the Syr­ian prov­inces of Idlib and Homs.

Idlib is largely con­trolled by a rebel coalition that in­cludes Fateh al-Sham, the for­mer Al-Nusra Front, which both Wash­ing­ton and Moscow re­gard as an Al-Qaeda front.

But Ms Trudeau said on Novem­ber 15 that ini­tial re­ports sug­gested civil­ian tar­gets were among those hit and that the Rus­sian-backed siege of eastern Aleppo was chok­ing off aid ship­ments.

She ac­cused Moscow of “let­ting eastern Aleppo res­i­dents starve while seek­ing praise from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for halt­ing in­dis­crim­i­nate strikes”.

US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s ad­min­is­tra­tion has been talk­ing to Rus­sia about ways to rein in Mr As­sad’s forces and find a cease­fire in Syria’s bru­tal civil war.

But Rus­sia’s Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin in­sists Moscow’s in­ter­ven­tion is aimed at pro­tect­ing a le­git­i­mate gov­ern­ment against al-Qaeda and the Is­lamic State group. –

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