The U.N. mediator for Syria has called the intensified bombing campaign of Aleppo by the Syrian government and Russia “inhumane, merciless, sinful, indeed barbaric”. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Bombing of Aleppo “inhumane” and “barbaric” – de Mistura
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STORY: The U.N. mediator for Syria has called the intensified bombing campaign of Aleppo by the Syrian government and Russia “inhumane, merciless, sinful, indeed barbaric”.
Staffan de Mistura made the comments following a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Sunday (September 25) to discuss the escalation of fighting in Aleppo following the collapse of a ceasefire negotiated by Russia and the U.S.
At the meeting the United States called Russia’s action in Syria “barbarism” not counter-terrorism while Moscow’s U.N. envoy said ending the war “is almost an impossible task now”.
De Mistura called on the U.S. and Russia to work to reinstate the ceasefire.
“Everything hangs in the balance now, right now,” he said. “The onus rests first and foremost with the parties who did broker that ceasefire,” he said.
The assault on Aleppo, where more than 250,000 civilians are trapped in a besieged opposition sector, could be the biggest battle yet in a civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and driven 11 million from their homes.
Residents say air strikes on eastern Aleppo since the offensive was announced on Thursday have been more intense than ever, using more powerful bombs. Scores of people have been killed in the last two days.
De Mistura said that in his 46 years with the U.N. he has “never seen anything to match the horrors that we are seeing these days.”