US accuses Russia, Syria of war crimes; France asks UN vote
The United States called Friday for a war crimes investigation of Russia and Syria, ramping up rhetoric against Moscow for its part in a deadly military offensive in Aleppo while potentially making it harder to restart diplomatic efforts to end the conflict.
Secretary of State John Kerry said Syrian forces hit a hospital overnight, killing 20 people and wounding 100, describing what would be the latest strike by Russia or its ally in Damascus on a civilian target. A spokesman said the attack occurred Thursday outside Damascus, while human rights groups accuse the pair of killing thousands in their assault on Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.
“Russia and the regime owe the world more than an explanation about why they keep hitting hospitals and medical facilities, and children and women,” Kerry said.
French Foreign Minister JeanMarc Ayrault spoke of a French effort for a cease-fire that would include a U.N. Security Council vote today.