U.S. mulls response over Russia strikes in Aleppo

Sep 29, 2016, 6:30 AM EDT
Unrest in Aleppo
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As Russia-backed Syrian forces intensify aerial and ground offensive against the rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo, the U.S. officials are considering a tougher response to Moscow, including military options. The “staff-level” discussions are yet to make any recommendations to President Barack Obama, who has so far ruled out military intervention in the multi-sided Syrian conflict.

Earlier, Secretary of State John Kerry threatened that the U.S. may end diplomatic efforts with Russia over the Syria issue, a statement that is being described as the strictest warning to Moscow since a fragile seven-day ceasefire expired on September 19, reports Reuters.

In a separate development, Russian or Syrian warplanes pounded rebel-held Aleppo with bombs, throwing two medical facilities out of service on Wednesday, writes The Guardian. The “catastrophic” assault came as the U.N. Security Council gathered in New York to discuss efforts over safeguarding medical personnel in times of conflict.

According to a figure by U.N.I.C.E.F., at least 96 children have been killed and nearly 200 injured since Friday as hostilities escalate in the city of Aleppo.  U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the ongoing slaughter in Syria, even as the last remaining 30 doctors in Aleppo accused the international community of abandoning them.