Syria crisis: United Nations alarmed at Aleppo’s catastrophe

Syria crisis: United Nations alarmed at Aleppo’s catastrophe

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This picture taken on Jan. 31, 2014, and released by the UNRWA, shows residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, queuing to receive food supplies, in Damascus, Syria. A United Nations official is calling on warring sides in Syria to allow aid workers to resume distribution of food and medicine in a besieged Palestinian district of Damascus. The call comes as U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon urged Syrian government to authorize more humanitarian staff to work inside the country, devastated by its 3-year-old conflict. (AP Photo/UNRWA)

– Syria crisis: United Nations alarmed at Aleppo’s catastrophe

– Syrian city, Aleppo’s crisis deepens as yet another air strike attack has been unleashed on a hospital and its vicinity, claiming at least 57 lives

–  United Nations diplomats have described the present situation in the Syrian city as catastrophic.

 

Syria crisis: United Nations alarmed at Aleppo’s catastrophe

Recently, reports have confirmed that Syria is seriously undergoing a difficult time as some so-called Islamic State group have been found to be unleashing havoc within the country.

Syria crisis: United Nations alarmed at Aleppo’s catastrophe
Aleppo attack

Within the last two weeks, Aleppo, a city in Syria has been a major target of the warring group.

Many deaths, especially of civilians and a few of military officials have been recorded.

On Thursday, another attack was unleashed in the same city of Aleppo and was targeted at dozens of persons including a hospital.

The United Nations have described the current situation in the country’s major city as catastrophic.

In today’s attack around the hospital and its environ, at least 57 people have been confirmed dead.

Syria crisis: United Nations alarmed at Aleppo’s catastrophe

In the Medecins Sans Frontieres-backed Al-Quds hospital alone, not less than 27 persons have been reportedly killed while more than 30 have lost their lives in other surrounding air strike attacks.

UN diplomat Jan Egeland said the next days would be vital for the humanitarian aid lifeline for much of Syria.

UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura also has warned warned the cessation of hostilities agreed between non-jihadist rebels and government forces on 27 February was now “barely alive“.

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US President Barack Obama in a statement had said last week that he was deploying 250 troops to Syria to help certain rebel groups fight so-called Islamic State (IS).

Mr Egeland, the head of the UN humanitarian assistance to Syria, said he had been briefed on “the catastrophic deterioration in Aleppo over the last 24-48 hours… No-one doubts the severity of the situation.”

He warned that the humanitarian lifeline for much of the country was at risk.

“I could not in any way express how high the stakes are for the next hours and days.

“So many humanitarian health workers and relief workers are being bombed, killed, maimed at the moment that the whole lifeline to millions of people is now also at stake.”

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said at least 14 patients and three doctors had been killed in the air strike on al-Quds hospital.

Syria crisis: United Nations alarmed at Aleppo’s catastrophe

Among those killed was Mohammed Wasim Moaz, one of the city’s last paediatricians, MSF said.

An MSF representative, Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa, told the BBC Dr Moaz had worked at the hospital since 2013.

Local sources blamed war planes from the Syrian military or from Russia, which is supporting the government of President Bashar Al-Assad, for the attack.

The Syrian military denied targeting the hospital. A military source was quoted on state TV as saying: “Such news is merely an attempt to cover up terrorist crimes which target peaceful citizens in Aleppo.”

An activist at the scene, named Zuhair, told the BBC: “It was an air strike by two rockets, heavy rockets from [a] Russian air strike.

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“Near the hospital, one building on five floors just crumbled and just crashed down and we don’t know how many dead will be under these ruins.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry while reacting to the news said he was “outraged” by the hospital attack, adding: “It appears to have been a deliberate strike on a known medical facility and follows the Assad regime’s appalling record of striking such facilities.”

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on both the US and Russia to exert pressure to stop the violence, and demanded a credible investigation into the hospital attack.

Monitoring groups said at least 20 people were killed in other attacks on rebel-held areas in Aleppo on Thursday, while at least 14 died in rocket strikes on government-controlled neighborhoods.

The upsurge in violence comes amid reports that the Syrian army, backed by Russian air power, is gearing up for a major offensive in Aleppo.

It is hoped that with the intervention of UN humanitarian commission, affected citizens of Aleppo will have their economic situations alleviated.

Syria crisis: United Nations alarmed at Aleppo’s catastrophe