US condemns acts by Syrian regime in Aleppo
Rescuers climb on the rubble of a destroyed building following an airstrike in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on December 24, 2013. Syrian warplanes have killed more than 330 people in a nine-day bombing campaign. [AFP]
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A bloody aerial assault on the Syrian city of Aleppo carried out by regime forces was condemned by the United States on Monday.
Syrian warplanes have killed more than 300 people, including 87 children, in an eight-day bombing campaign against rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo, a monitor said.
“From Dec. 15 to 22, 301 people have been killed, including 87 children, 30 women and 30 rebels,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists and witnesses on the ground to track the civil war.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Washington deplored the attacks on civilian areas by Syrian government forces, accusing the military of using barrel bombs and SCUD missiles “indiscriminately.”
“The United States condemns the ongoing air assault by Syrian government forces on civilians, including the indiscriminate use of SCUD missiles and barrel bombs in and around Aleppo over the last week,” Carney said.
“The attacks over the weekend killed more than 300 people, many of them children. The Syrian government must respect its obligations under international humanitarian law to protect the civilian population.”
Carney called on all parties in the Syrian conflict to “reach a comprehensive and durable political solution to end the crisis in Syria.”
The United States on Monday condemned Syria’s ruling regime over the bloody aerial assault on the city of Aleppo, which has left several hundred people dead including dozens of children.
The vicious air campaign has seen regime aircraft drop barrels of TNT onto rebel-held neighborhoods -- a tactic widely condemned as unlawful -- flooding hospitals with victims, according to activists and medics.
The attacks come as President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have advanced on several fronts in recent weeks while Western nations have been preoccupied with Syria’s chemical disarmament and preparing for January peace talks.
Assad’s opponents say the bombing is aimed at demoralizing their supporters and turning them against the insurgents.
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