The UN has called on the US and Russia to salvage the fragile Syrian ceasefire as waves of airstrikes caused a human “catastrophe” in the city of Aleppo.
The Syrian government carried out more than 40 air strikes in rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Thursday, killing more than 30 people, just hours after earlier strikes destroyed a Medecins Sans Frontiers hospital.
The situation Aleppo was dire, the chairman of the UN humanitarian task force in Syria, Jan Egeland, said. He descried a “catastrophic deterioration” over the past two days that had placed the entire aid effort, helping millions of Syrians, in jeopardy. “I could not in any way express how high the stakes are for the next hours and days,” he warned.
At least 14 people, including staff and patients, were killed when the hospital was attacked.
Marianne Gasser, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross’s mission in Syria, called for the warring parties to spare civilians. “Don’t attack hospitals, don’t use weapons that cause widespread damage. Otherwise, Aleppo will be pushed further to the brink of humanitarian disaster.”
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Screengrab of a child being comforted after the air strikes from a BBC news clip.