Russia, UN to seek 'workable humanitarian pause' in Aleppo
Aug 12 2016 by Desiree Burns
"The world has stood by and remarked how "complicated" Syria is, while doing little to protect us. Recent offers of evacuation from the regime and Russian Federation have sounded like thinly veiled threats to residents - flee now or face what fate?" "We also call for the unrestricted free flow of aid to the tens of thousands of people trapped in the city's east", said Magdalena Mughrabi.
Turkey's foreign minister has clarified comments on conducting joint operations with Russian Federation against the Islamic State group in Syria, saying Turkey wanted greater cooperation with Moscow, not joint strikes. "It's something we're monitoring very closely". "It's a result of contacts on the highest level. with our Turkish partners".
It has also raised fears of the encirclement of the entire civilian population.
Both groups said the strikes were launched by Russian jets, though it was not clear how they made the determination.
The local activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently meanwhile said the airstrikes on Raqqa killed at least 20 civilians and cut the city's water supply. It said the raid destroyed a large ammunition depot, a plant producing chemical weapons and a large IS training camp.
The Syrian city of Aleppo has been hit by a suspected chlorine attack, which would amount to a war crime if confirmed, and constitutes an alarming sign that Syrian government forces are intensifying their use of chemical weapons against civilians, Amnesty International said Thursday.
The UN and Russian Federation are discussing about stopping hostilities in the divied Syrian city of Aleppo in efforts to help the two million people trapped in the city.
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The gas is thought to have been chlorine dropped in a barrel bomb, said the Syrian Civil Defence - volunteer emergency response workers who operate in opposition-held areas.
Wissam Zarqa, a local resident, described gasping for breath and cowering with his family on the top floors of their apartment building as a gas filled the hallway. "I could easily smell chlorine on people's clothes", he said. He felt his eyes burning and had difficulty breathing. But the odor grew stronger as they descended the stairs, so they returned to the higher floors to wait out the effects. Trudeau said the US couldn't confirm the report, while Syrian military officials have denied the claim.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said in a statement Thursday he was "concerned by reports of a new chemical attack. that is said to have claimed four lives people and left dozens injured".
More than 290,000 people have been killed since Syria's conflict erupted in March 2011 with protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. Last week, the Syrian government and the opposition traded accusations of using chlorine in Aleppo.
Trucks carrying food were unable to enter Aleppo on Thursday because of intense bombardment, the AFP news agency reported from the rebel-held east of the city where private vendors managed to deliver fresh produce. Earlier today, Russian Federation announced a ceasefire for a few hours to allow hospital supplies and food into the city.
"Today in the meeting the Russian delegation confirmed their willingness to sit down with us (Thursday and Friday) to try to agree on a workable humanitarian pause for us to go the Aleppo road way to help the poor people of east as well as in the west", United Nations humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland told reporters.