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Aleppo assault continues as divided UN council rejects truce efforts

The failure of the two resolutions have deepened divisions at the UN Security Council between Moscow and the Western powers. Photograph: (AFP)

WION United Nations, New York, NY, United States Oct 09, 2016, 05.17 PM (IST)

Syrian government forces advanced their assault on the rebel-held eastern Aleppo after a divided UN Security Council failed to agree on a truce plan. 

The British-based monitoring group, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the clashes on the ground between regime forces and rebels went well into the night on Saturday and continued thereafter. 

Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the monitor said the forces took control of the Jandul crossroads in the northeast of Aleppo in their latest advances. 

On Saturday, the United Nations Security Council rejected a Russian-drafted resolution urging a ceasefire in Aleppo. This came after Moscow vetoed a French-drafted resolution demanding an end to the bombing in the Syrian city. 

The measure was defeated by a vote of nine against, including Britain, France and the United States, four in favor and two abstentions in the 15-member council. It was the fifth time that Russia used its veto to block UN action on the war in Syria.

In its draft resolution, France had called for an end to all military flights over Aleppo and to air strikes on the rebel-held east, a crucial provision that was missing from the Russian proposal. 

"What is at stake today is first and foremost the fate of Aleppo and its people," France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told the council, urging it to take "immediate action in order to save" the city.

The failure of the two resolutions has deepened divisions at the UN Security Council between Moscow and the Western powers.

Britain's ambassador to the United Nations, Matthew Rycroft, described Saturday's failure in New York as "a bad day for Russia, but an even worse day for the people of Aleppo".

But despite the failed truce efforts over the weekend, Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin insisted that diplomatic efforts on Syria were not dead.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
 

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