Syria’s Aleppo reels under airstrikes, 45 civilian killed; UN chief ‘appalled’
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 26 Sep 2016 10:23:28|
Civilians watch as a tractor clears the rubble following Syrian government forces airstrikes in the rebel held neighbourhood of Tariq a-Bab in Aleppo on Saturday. (AFP)
UN Chief Ban Ki-moon has said he was ‘appalled by the chilling military escalation’ in Syria’s battleground city of Aleppo where residents cowered indoors as air strikes toppled buildings and killed at least 45 civilians.
The Security Council was set to meet on Sunday to discuss the upsurge in violence since the Syrian army announced an offensive to retake the rebel-held east of the devastated city.
Nearly two million civilians were left without water in Aleppo after regime bombardment damaged a pumping station and rebels shut down another in retaliation, the UN said.
Secretary-General Ban warned on Saturday that the use of bunker buster bombs and other advanced munitions against civilians may amount to war crimes, after the army on Thursday launched the offensive backed by Russian air raids that has cost around 100 lives. Top EU officials said that the attacks on civilians amount to a ‘breach of international humanitarian law’, and called for intensified peace efforts. Washington and leading European powers said that ‘the burden is on Russia... to salvage diplomatic efforts to restore a cessation of hostilities’.