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Russia accused of 'barbarism' in Syria's Aleppo

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the 'chilling' escalation making use of advanced weaponry against civilians could amount to war crimes. In photo: US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power. Photograph: (Getty)

AFP United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, United States Sep 26, 2016, 02.24 AM (IST)
The US ambassador to the UN Samantha Powers accused Russia of "barbarism" over the continued air strikes in Aleppo in an emergency UN Security Council meeting called on Sunday. 

The meeting was called by the United States, France and Britain who demanded Russia stop the air strikes on the Syrian city. 

"Instead of pursuing peace, Russia and Assad make war," Power said. "What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counterterrorism; it is barbarism," Powers said at the meeting. 
Instead of pursuing peace, Russia and Assad make war,' Power said. 'What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counterterrorism; it is barbarism,' Powers said at the meeting

"Instead of helping get life-saving aid to civilians, Russia and Assad are bombing the humanitarian convoys, hospitals, and first responders who are trying desperately to keep people alive," she added. 

Britain's ambassador Matthew Rycroft told the council,"The regime and Russia have instead plunged to new depths and unleashed a new hell on Aleppo."

And "Russia is partnering with the Syrian regime to carry out war crimes."

Francois Delattre, France's envoy "War crimes are being committed here in Aleppo."

Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin said, "In Syria hundreds of armed groups are being armed, the territory of the country is being bombed indiscriminately, and bringing a peace is almost an impossible task now because of this."

He blamed the US for the failed ceasefire saying, the talks broke down because of "sabotage by the moderate opposition," AFP reported. 

Churkin however said Moscow would be interested in reviving the deal if there was "collective" effort by all. 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to world powers to "work harder for an end to the nightmare" in Syria. 

While the meeting was going on air strikes continued in Aleppo, killing at least 25, including two children on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. 

The city has been under seige since mid-July with food and fuel shortages make it difficult for the people. 

A water pumping station, Bab Al-Nairab, was a target of the latest air strikes cutting water supply and three bases used by the White Helmet rescue volunteers were also hit. 

(WION with inputs from AFP)
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