U.S. envoy accuses Russia of “barbarism” in Syria

Sep 26, 2016, 5:52 AM EDT
Rescue workers trying to remove the body of a child in Aleppo.
(Source: Freedom House/flickr)

At an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Sunday, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, accused Moscow of “barbarism” in Syria as Russia-backed Syrian regime continued to pound the rebel-held eastern Aleppo, “crippling, maiming and killing dozens” of civilians. Russian ambassador said that the Syrian forces were striking the militants while ensuring minimum damage to the citizens in the besieged city.

In an “unusually blunt session,” Matthew Rycroft, Britain’s ambassador to the U.N., slammed Russia for the widespread use of bunker-busting bombs on the 275,000 civilians living in the rebel-held east of the city, writes The Guardian. Rycroft and his U.S. and French counterparts later walked out of the chamber before the Syrian government representative’s speech, in protest against the regime’s offensive against civilians.

Violence in Aleppo has reached “new heights of horror,” since a fragile ceasefire expired on Monday, reports the BBC. According to the U.N., more than 200 people have been killed since the Syrian regime declared a fresh offensive against the rebels, hours after the end of a week-long cessation of hostilities on Monday.

Russia’s decision to abandon the latest peace efforts indicates that the Syrian regime is confident of victory, notes Reuters. Outside Aleppo, the government forces have restricted the rebels into rural areas, although anti-Assad fighters continue to offer fierce resistance.