Washington D.C., Sept. 26 : Officials at the United Nations have branded the Syrian regime's brutal airstrikes against areas of the besieged city of rebel-held Aleppo as "barbaric." Syrian forces on Sunday pounded eastern Aleppo, killing at least 85 people and wounding more than 300 others.
According to CNN, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a UN Security Council crisis meeting that he was "appalled" by the military escalation in the Syrian city, asserting that the use of bunker-busting bombs "brings the violence to new depths of barbarity." Moon further stated that the airstrikes, incendiary weapons and bombs in densely populated areas may amount to war crimes.
Meanwhile, US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said that Russian support of Assad's deadly offensive was "barbarism." "What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counter terrorism, it is barbarism.
Instead of pursuing peace, Russia and Assad make war. 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 said.
On Sunday, British ambassador to the UN Matthew Rycroft, staged a walk out at an emergency session of the UN Security Council along with his French and US counterparts to protest against the Syrian regime's latest offensive in Aleppo.
"After five years of conflict, you might think that the regime has had its fill of barbarity -- that its sick bloodlust against its own people has finally run its course.
But this weekend, the regime and Russia have instead plunged to new depths and unleashed a new hell on Aleppo." He said.