Syria says truce still viable after week of airstrikes


"Instead of helping get life-saving aid to civilians, Russian Federation and Assad are bombing the humanitarian convoys, hospitals and first responders who are trying desperately to keep people alive", Power said. He then described Aleppo as a "martyred city".

"What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counter-terrorism, it is barbarism", Samantha Power, US ambassador to the United Nations, told the council.

Russia's support for the Syrian government offensive is only playing into the hands of extremist groups, Earnest said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian Federation considers the tone of the criticism "unacceptable" and insisted "such rhetoric is capable of causing serious harm to the resolution process" in Syria.

In exchange for the evacuations, the government is permitting aid convoys to supply the neighborhood with badly needed food and medical supplies.

Dozens of air strikes hit rebel-held areas of the northern Syrian city on Monday with the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights saying at least 12 people, including three children, were killed.

Relief workers from the Society of Anglican Missionaries, writing on Twitter, said the dead included children.

The northern city of Aleppo, split between government forces and rebels, has seen heavy fighting in recent days as a cease-fire brokered by the US and Russian Federation has all but collapsed.

Dr Alomar said if the bombing continues, "we are going to the point of zero where there are no facilities to be protected, where there is no health staff to be protected".

"Hospitals that are still in service are under a lot of pressure due to the significant number of wounded in recent days, and the major shortage of blood", the source told AFP.

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"Russia must immediately end the indiscriminate bombardments of civilian areas by the Syrian government", Steffen Seibert said.

With Aleppo back under siege since regime forces again fully surrounded the city in early September, residents were having to deal with food shortages and sky-rocketing prices as well as intensifying violence.

Several charity kitchens in Aleppo's rebel-held east were closed in fear of strikes, while water remained cut after pumping stations were damaged at the weekend. "The explosions sounded loud and unusual, like nothing we've heard before in five years of war".

"People are now relying on water from the wells, and that water is not suitable for drinking. The situation is getting worse every day", said Hassan Yassin, a 40-year-old father of four.

Al-Moallem's comments came as a second group of rebel gunmen and their families began evacuating from an opposition neighborhood in central Syria this month. More than 200 civilians have been killed in the past week, according to opposition activists.

A fresh wave of intensive air strikes hit the city's opposition-controlled east from dawn on Monday, an AFP correspondent in the city said, on the morning after Moscow and Damascus were repeatedly accused of war crimes at the UN Security Council.

The Syrian government meanwhile pressed its efforts to pacify rebellious areas on its own terms under local agreements with besieged fighters.

A convoy of 53 trucks entered Madaya and Zabadani, with another 18 to Fuaa and Kafraya, according to the International Committee for the Red Cross.

The U.S. on Monday sharply criticized Russian Federation for its participation in a Syrian government offensive to retake Aleppo, saying Moscow and Damascus are carrying out a "concerted campaign" against civilians. "What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counter terrorism, it is barbarism", U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, charged during the session.

She was joined by British diplomats and French Ambassador Francois Delattre, who said "war crimes are being committed here in Aleppo".