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What we have seen here in Syria, I never saw that in Rwanda, or in former Yugoslavia, in the Balkans. It is really a big tragedy. Unfortunately we have no tribunal.
The scale of what happened in Aleppo is unprecedented in the Syrian conflict. Much of Aleppo, once Syria's biggest city and its commercial and culture center and a UNESCO World Heritage site, has been reduced to rubble. This represents - and we have said this in the past - a worrying pattern that has occurred in other areas of the country including Deraa and Moadamiya.
We have established very clearly in the report that the Syrian air force is responsible for these attacks, we don't have any evidence linking Russia to those attacks with forbidden chemical weapons.
For months, the Syrian and Russian air forces relentlessly bombarded eastern Aleppo city as part of a strategy to force surrender. The deliberate targeting of civilians has resulted in the immense loss of human life, including hundreds of children.
100,000 inhabitants were exposed to a crescendo of brutality.
This is a strong indication that these chlorine attacks were coordinated with the overall military strategy. And it is a strong indication then that senior military officers, the commanders of this military offensive in Aleppo, knew that chlorine was being used.
Aleppo was not just one battle, it represented the war.
Our situation is very similar to Berlin in 1946 or Tokyo in 1946. So you have a destroyed city.
This factory was built by my father and grandfather, but I'm thinking of stopping with this and starting again with a smaller project.
We hope life can get back to what it was before. I've been living in this house for 25 years. Thank God we have a place to stay. This is my home.
Right now, when we are trying to hold Russia accountable for its illegal aggression in Eastern Europe, for its war crimes in Aleppo, and its interference in our own nations election. How on earth can we trust someone with such a cozy relationship with the Putin government to be our secretary of state?
We are playing on our ground in front of our audiences in Aleppo. We suffered from the difficulties of travelling which affected us. It is our right to play in Aleppo. We play better in Aleppo. We want to make Aleppo's name high.
It was so dangerous and our kids were terrified so we could not tolerate it anymore. We used to tell the gunmen to move away from here but they would not listen to us.
The Russians have dealt us a military defeat in Aleppo.
Let me describe the situation in Aleppo [Syria], and perhaps that will help you reach that conclusion. In Aleppo, Mr. Putin has directed his military to conduct a devastating campaign.
If they want to discuss this point [Assad's presidency], they have to discuss the constitution, and the constitution is not owned by the government or the president or by the opposition; it should be owned by the Syrian people, so you need a referendum for every constitution.
There's no limit to negotiations. But who is going to be there from the other side, we don't know yet. ... The viability of the conference depends on that.
The successes of the Syrian armed forces in the liberation of Aleppo have created the necessary conditions for the peaceful settlement of the conflict. I'm confident that it will lay the basis for the political settlement of the conflict.
We left our home with great suffering. The regime has no credibility at all.
When there's a change of leadership and other interests coincide, then things can actually improve pretty quickly. The battle for Aleppo is over. We're not going to get what we wanted [in Syria], which was Bashar al-Assad removed. But there is a deal out there for a managed transition where we work with Russia instead of against Russia. And maybe then we can tackle some of the other problems.
I doubt this will end the war in Syria even after Aleppo. Assad's presence will remain a source of conflict with the opposition.
Aleppo is stricken, people are outside in the streets, they don't have homes.... (This) is a way for us to continue to perpetuate tradition.
In Aleppo, this type of soap was manufactured maybe 3,000 years ago.
We need money. We left without anything.
The festive atmosphere is great. It's a new birth for Jesus Christ and a new birth for the city of Aleppo.
I am happy that the war, at least the military war, in Aleppo is finished and that for the first time in Aleppo the Christians can celebrate without fear of the Christmas season. I wish that they can now reconstruct, rebuild the city, not only the infrastructure but also the common relations that was a tradition over there.
It's been five years since I left my home.
All civilians who wished to be evacuated have been, as well as wounded and fighters.
It's done. The evacuation process has ended and the last bus has come out. Most are heading towards camps, or to their relatives, or shelter locations. The humanitarian situation in northern Syria is very difficult, because the area is already densely populated since it has people displaced from all over Syria.
In the next stage, an agreement on a cease-fire on the entire territory of Syria should be reached and practical talks on a political settlement should start immediately after.
In my view we are very close to achieving an agreement on a full ceasefire across the territory of Syria.
The process for evacuation was traumatic, with crowding, and vulnerable people waiting for hours and exposed to sub-zero temperatures.
The numbers of civilians, their cars alongside and of course the weather are all making the evacuation slow.
The evacuation will continue for the entire day and night and most probably tomorrow (Friday).
Many of them have gone to Idlib, which could be in theory the next Aleppo.
The numbers of civilians, their cars alongside and of course the weather all are making the evacuation slow.
We are now exactly in front of the Citadel's entrance. These streets are very familiar. My school was nearby. Now, only part of it is left.
It was ruined. They ravaged our childhood memories.
I feel just as safe as I did before; I'm a lot more likely to die in a bike accident than in this kind of situation. All the stuff I'm reading about how we need to be afraid is nonsense. People in Aleppo have reason to be afraid.
An agreement has been reached to resume the evacuation of Aleppo.
People are waiting in the buses, and the buses are not heated, and it's very cold. Many of the evacuees told us they had been stopped for more than 20 hours in the cold and snow.
Some have arrived yesterday (Tuesday) and more will be arriving today and in the coming days.
Evacuations will begin shortly.
We have had for several days already a monitoring mechanism. We have had people at the Ramussa crossing as you know, who've been able to observe what went on, and we do believe that this presence provide protection.
We have already treated thousands of wounded from the tragedy in Syria. I want us to find ways of bringing women, children and also men, if they are non-combatants, from Aleppo for treatment in Israeli hospitals.
God willing, and with the efforts of the shabab and the Syrian Arab army, and the leadership of President Doctor Bashar Hafez Assad, we will rebuild this country.
It's been five years since I left the area, since the terrorist groups entered and they displaced us, and now I have come back to my shop to start fixing it up. They damaged our shops, they damaged our homes, they damaged everything.
We stand ready to increase our presence there.
The attack, in the center of Ankara, will throw a wrench in the progress of a fragile Russian-Turkish rapprochement, especially as Ankara has been the main international supporter of the forces affiliated with the Free Syrian Army which have recently been forced to evacuate Aleppo.
Since the rapprochement with Moscow in June, Erdogan has attempted to avoid criticizing Russia directly although the pro-government media has been outspoken in its condemnation of the civilian casualties as the result of alleged Russian air strikes in Aleppo.
By apologizing for Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane in November 2015, President Tayyip Erdogan paved the way for the resumption of economic ties and security cooperation between the two countries.
The opposition finds little reason to be responsive to us and Assad. The Russians and Iran know that there is nothing we will do to raise the costs to them of their onslaught against Aleppo and other Syrian cities. Russia, having changed the balance of power on the ground, without regard to civilian consequences, has moved to make itself an arbiter.
We regard this as a terrorist act. Terrorism will not win and we will fight against it decisively. Don't forget Aleppo, don't forget Syria!
This morning, all 47 children trapped in an orphanage in east Aleppo were evacuated to safety, with some in critical condition from injuries and dehydration. The evacuation of these orphans, along with thousands of other children from east Aleppo in the past days is a glimmer of hope amid a grim reality for the children of Syria.
Me and Bana want to tell all the world how much kids and all people in east Aleppo, how much they are suffering from bombs and everything – because there is no life there.
We are going to catch them ... and show them to you.
They were given priority and were the first to be evacuated by bus when the operation resumed.
Nobody else will come from outside.
They are prepared to move on short notice but the problem has always been an issue of access.
The last terrorists in some districts of the eastern part of Aleppo are evacuating their strongholds and Aleppo this evening will be clean.
Of course the Syrian government doesn't want more monitors. If you're doing bad things you don't want monitors around to watch you doing them.
France calls on each side, in particular the regime and its supporters, to be responsible so that this resolution is implemented without delay and a lasting ceasefire is put in place across the country.
Everyone is waiting (here) until they are evacuated. They just want to escape.
But there could be another thing which could be adopted today by the Security Council which would accomplish the same goals.
We cannot support it, we cannot allow it to pass because it is a disaster.
If it is a sensible initiative and we see it on paper, why not entertain this initiative?
Our team, with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, is on standby. We hope to resume evacuations as soon as possible.
Government forces are just ahead of me and if anything goes wrong I'll be the first to die.
The global community must put a stop to these atrocities and avert further suffering as well as provide humanitarian assistance to the victims seeking safe haven.
Russia has failed to restrain the sectarian Shi'ite militias in Aleppo to complete the deal and Moscow should abide by its commitments. There are still civilians in Aleppo who need to be evacuated in harsh weather conditions and Russian statements that besieged Aleppo is empty is absolving itself from following up on the agreement.
The carnage in Syria remains a gaping hole in the global conscience. Aleppo is now a synonym for hell. As I told the Security Council ... we have collectively failed the people of Syria. Peace will only prevail when it is accompanied by compassion, justice and accountability for the abominable crimes we have seen.
It takes weeks to deploy observers. They need to be trained people who know what they're doing, what they are monitoring and how those things need to be monitored - to imagine that you can do it within two or three days is really unrealistic.
We're ready to resume facilitating the evacuation according to our humanitarian mandate. But we now expect all the parties on the ground to provide us with solid guarantees in order to keep the operation going. They're the ones who have to protect the people and provide safe passage. We cannot abandon these people.
These sectarian militias are responsible but we warn them the safety of our people in Aleppo is the priority and all options are open towards achieving that goal.
Iran and its sectarian proxies are using the humanitarian situation of our people in besieged Aleppo and preventing civilians from leaving until the evacuation of their groups in al-Foua and Kefyra.
The 8th convoy was supposed to arrive this afternoon in the western part of Aleppo province, (controlled by the opposition), where I am.
The civilians who left Aleppo were crying for having to leave their city in these conditions.
For years, we've worked to stop the civil war in Syria and alleviate human suffering. It has been one of the hardest issues that I've faced as president. Responsibility for this brutality lies in one place alone, with the Assad regime and its allies, Russia and Iran, and this blood and these atrocities are on their hands.
The next step (after Aleppo) will be to reach agreement on a complete ceasefire across all of Syria. We are actively negotiating with members of the armed opposition, with the mediation of Turkey.
There were fewer evacuations – only six convoys left the city. And answering the question 'are civilians evacuated?' Yes at this point only civilians have been evacuated.
I want to confirm that what is happening today is history that is being written by every Syrian civilian. Its writing did not start today. It started about six years ago when the crisis and the war on Syria began.
Everything that is happening in Palmyra is the result of uncoordinated action. I've already said many times that to be effective in the battle against terrorism we need to unite our efforts. The question of Palmyra is purely symbolic. Aleppo is much more important from a military-political point of view.
We are here to assist the evacuations from east Aleppo. We are working with the Syrian Red Crescent. Our friends are particularly working to transfer the wounded. We made preparations, both in Turkey and Idlib. Hospitals are prepared.
This is a great concern to us because we know that they are desperate to get out.
This is what the people are going through with their families, their relatives. This is really something very personal for them. I have seen sadness. I have seen really sadness in the people eyes. Heartbreaking sadness, broken lives, heartbreaking stories.
It's the people leaving their house behind, their lives behind. It is very often they are facing impossible choices and this all occurs at the very individual level and it is difficult to compare with anything else.
After one year of Syria peace talks backed by the US and Russia, the fall of Aleppo has shown the failure of that diplomatic effort. Time is running out for the Obama administration and its European allies to broker a solution. In just over four weeks there'll be a new president in the White House. And one who appears to be far friendlier toward Moscow than the current tenant.
Faced with the brutality of the Syrian regime and its supporters, notably Russia and Iran, we are not as effective as we would like to be but we are not indifferent to the suffering of the Syrian people. We will exert pressure on other global players who are present in Syria using all available diplomatic channels.
It took 4,000 years to build Aleppo -- hundreds of generations. One generation managed to tear it down in four years.
The Assad regime is actually carrying out nothing short of a massacre. And we have witnessed indiscriminate slaughter, not accidents of war, not collateral damage, but frankly purposeful, a cynical policy of terrorizing civilians.
If necessary, we will take some part of those who have left and bring them to Turkey, children, the elderly, those who are really in difficult conditions and place them in camps and houses, if they are available. We will provide them with a peaceful environment.
Damascus has more than once confirmed its readiness to take part in these negotiations.
Among those desperate to be evacuated are a group of orphans and unaccompanied children.
I assume the message (to abort the operation) came from the Russians who are monitoring the area.
After liberating Aleppo we can say not only the Syrian situation, but also the regional and international situation is different. Here time became history. Aleppo converted time into history.
By participating in the creation of the calendar I wanted to say thank you to those who protect my family and loved ones, who are now in my home town of Aleppo. How can I thank the Russian military?
They have gone from siege to slaughter.
"We have only one goal – that's to ensure the safety of civilians, not the armed militants. Our final goal is to ensure that they can withdraw safely and we will try our best to protect them,"
The idea of international law has been killed in Aleppo. It has been killed in Syria… because of the desperate silence of the international community in the face of this crime.
We are not waiting for press communiques and declarations, or meetings for the organization of other meetings. We want action.
The situation in Syria has morphed into one reality and then another since 2011 and all regional actors ... have muddled through, trying to adjust to new realities. In this respect, Turkey is no exception. Turkey's priorities with regards to the war in Syria now and for the foreseeable future are two pronged: national security and humanitarian relief.
Turkey's priorities with regards to the war in Syria now and for the foreseeable future are two pronged: national security and humanitarian relief.
We feel all strongly that the history of Aleppo through this war will be a black chapter in the history of international relations.
The agreement was there, the buses were in place, the first convoy had set off and was then reportedly blocked by pro-Government militia. This is inexcusable.
Aleppo is an important place for the revolution but it's not the last place.
Nobody can think about peaceful solutions in these circumstances.
I am afraid for what may come when this operation is over, both for the people of Idlib and all of the other areas that are still contested and where there are hundreds of thousands displaced in the middle of a war zone.
It's a three-pronged evacuation – of wounded and sick, of vulnerable civilians, and evacuation of fighters. All in all it surely must be well over 1,000, it could be in the thousands.
We have only one goal – that's to ensure the safety of civilians, not the armed militants. Our final goal is to ensure that they can withdraw safely and we will try our best to protect them.
The condition for all this to happen is a ceasefire and it's what the European Council must demand: a ceasefire and the evacuation of all the civilians and eventually a political negotiation. Europe must make its voice heard.
Working "to prevent the smuggling of sophisticated weapons, military equipment and weapons of mass destruction from Syria to Hezbollah.
(The objective) is to provide supplies to the hospitals to face the increased demand from the people who will arrive.
The support has not changed.
I would like and I request for there to be an increase in support. The present situation requires additional support.
This is the first convoy today.
We are now receiving information from the Russians that they would indeed want us to participate in the evacuation,. But confirmation only seems to come now, this morning, which is very late, because it is already ongoing and there have already been security incidences.
Thousands of people are in need of evacuation, but the first and most urgent thing is wounded, sick and children, including orphans. I am really hopeful because it's long, long overdue.
I see pictures from Aleppo, and everyone from around the world sees pictures of Aleppo, but there's no human connection. It destroys our senses. And only when we start understanding each other, and connect deeper on a human level, can our senses come alive.
People have left their shelters .... to be ready for the evacuation. I can't describe it. Since the morning, they started to target the areas where people have gathered. ... These people were walking to the crossings designated for exit.
They forbade us everything. There is no milk, there is no cooking, there is no meat, neither are there any lemons. They forbade us everything.
An agreement has been reached and within the coming hours its implementation will begin.
We see that the regime and other groups are trying to prevent this [evacuation deal]. There are Russia, Iran and groups supported by Iran and the Syrian regime. Nobody should put the blame on others when dealing with a humanitarian issue.
Everywhere in the world, people watch this massacre... The Geneva convention, international law is not working. They have no meaning.
There was an understanding as of yesterday, and within that was first the evacuation of civilians ... We see that the regime and other groups are trying to prevent this. We are continuing our meetings. We will speak with (Russian Foreign Minister Sergei) Lavrov and the Iranian foreign minister again today.
Not even a few hours had passed since the agreement was reached that the regime forces broke the cease-fire and once again started to attack civilians. Assad's regime is clearly committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Aleppo. Everybody needs to see this reality, including those who give him support.
It is clear that the Russians can't get Iran to abide by the deal.
The priority now, in these hours, is to protect civilians, guarantee them safe and monitored transit to a place of safety. This is particularly the responsibility of the Syrian government and its allies.
Those who perpetrate war crimes will be held accountable.
The bombardment is scarcely to be believed on the eastern neighbourhoods and until now 40 people have been wounded. They are using all forms of weapons.
Aleppo has been liberated from terrorists and those who toyed with terrorism. Aleppo has returned to the nation.
To the Assad regime, Russia and Iran -- three member states behind the conquest of and carnage in Aleppo -- you bear responsibility for these atrocities.
I have information from Aleppo today, as I'm sure many the right honourable members do themselves, it is today the Russians, who are blocking the evacuation, not just of the injured but of the medical staff from leaving the zones which they themselves, the very zones which they themselves are attacking.
It is your noose – three member states of the U.N. – contributing to a noose around civilians. It should shame you. Instead by all appearances it is emboldening you. You are plotting your next assault. Are you truly incapable of shame? Is there literally nothing that can shame you?
In exchange for this large numbers of evacuees, they want something in return.
They thought they were going to get out, but the militias stopped the ambulances at the checkpoints. Now they have nowhere to stay because the area is overwhelmed with people.
Hostilities end only in the areas where terrorists say they are ready to surrender or leave.
We see now that the regime and other groups are trying to obstruct this (deal). This includes Russia, Iran, forces supported by Iran and the regime.
The course of events in Aleppo in the last few months ... has turned the tide in Syria's war in favour of the Syrian government and resistance movement.
They began to strike as if there's no such thing as a 'cease-fire' or 'civilian evacuation'. They've announced they are going to kill us all.
I hope the rest of the world can see the film and have a deeper understanding of what a Syrian leaving their country is forced to leave: what is it that they carry inside, and what was the experience emotionally that they are dealing with.
They are using all forms of weapons.
The sound of an explosion was heard in areas controlled by (rebel) factions ... it is believed to have been caused by a artillery shell fired by regime forces on the area.
Aleppo will join the ranks of those events in world history that define modern evil, that stain our conscience decades later – Halabja, Rwanda, Srebrenica and now Aleppo.
The Syrian government has established control over eastern Aleppo.
It's not the best solution, ... it's the least worst. At the moment it's just words and still needs to be implemented.
There's (currently) a cessation of bombardments. Now ... a ceasefire is being discussed, so tonight ... a ceasefire should happen.
This is the last space. I hope you can remember us.
There is not a minute to spare. Please stand with Aleppo.
The latest information that we have received during the past hour or so is that military operations in eastern Aleppo have concluded. So, there is no issue of any ceasefire or special humanitarian operations. The Syrian government has regained control of the eastern Aleppo, so the stage of practical humanitarian actions begins.
In recent days and hours, we appear to be witnessing nothing less than an all-out effort by the Syrian government and its allies to end the country's internal conflict through a total, uncompromising military victory.
We hear the calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities. The Russian side wants to do that only when the corridors are established.
In order for this to happen, we appeal to the parties to put humanity ahead of military objectives. We stand ready to oversee the implementation of any mutual agreement that puts civilians first. We cannot urge this strongly enough: this must happen now.
This is an urgent call. Go to the UN headquarters and block the way. Please don't let them sleep. Do that now. There is no minute to spare.
We are still here under siege. There are a lot of children, and people, helpless. The world has to act now, please… please.
In all as of yesterday evening we have received reports of pro-government forces killing at least 82 civilians, including 11 women and 13 children, in four different neighbourhoods. The reports we had are of people being shot in the street trying to flee and shot in their homes.
We are tired of hearing this whining from our American colleagues in the current administration that we need to immediately halt military action.
Civilians have paid a brutal price during this conflict, and we are filled with the deepest foreboding for those who remain in this last hellish corner of opposition-held eastern Aleppo. Yesterday evening, we received further deeply disturbing reports that numerous bodies were lying in the streets, that residents were unable to retrieve them due to the intense bombardment and their fear of being shot on sight.
Any state with power in its hands must take a decision as soon as possible to evacuate these people.
The backers of the regime, starting with Russia, cannot allow this logic of vengeance and terror without taking the risk of being complicit. I call on the United Nations to use without delay all the mechanisms to establish the truth of what is happening in Aleppo so that the international community does not let these crimes remain unpunished.
My message is that they must take a decision to save these people who are stuck here, these civilians, these children.
No state has helped this people in any way, my message to the world is to get these people out of this disaster-stricken city, at least the civilians.
I don't believe any more in the U.N., don't believe any more in the international community. Russia doesn't want us to go out alive, they wants us dead. Assad is the same.
I'm waiting for death or captivity by the Assad regime. To die victorious on earth dust is better than despair … please forgive me and pray for forgiveness and remember me well.
The backers of the regime, starting with Russia, cannot allow this logic of vengeance and terror without taking the risk of being complicit.
This "makes one think that – and I really hope to be wrong here -- that it was orchestrated and coordinated to give a respite to those thugs, who are entrenched in eastern Aleppo.
Rather than accepting the US proposal for an immediate cessation, the Russians informed us that a cessation could not start for several days, meaning that the assault by the regime and its supporters on Aleppo would continue until any agreement would go into effect. Given the dire situation in Aleppo, with the reports of continued attacks on civilians and infrastructure, this was simply not acceptable.
We say, keeping in mind our previous experience, when the militants used any break to regroup and receive reinforcements from abroad and terrorise the peaceful population even more fiercely, let us initially agree on which corridors will be created. We can agree on that with the Americans very quickly.
I don't like Assad at all. But Assad is killing ISIS. Russia is killing ISIS.
I believe we have to get ISIS. We have to worry about ISIS before we can get too much more involved.
People are saying the troops have lists of families of fighters and are asking them if they had sons with the terrorists. (They are) then either left or shot and left to die.
At the moment, the different parties are still discussing the details of this agreement and how it will be implemented. We hope it will materialise and - most importantly - that it will take into consideration the interests of the civilians.
If the basic humanitarian principles are met, and if the parties are all in favour, we stand ready to act as a neutral humanitarian intermediary and to assist civilians who are in need. We are therefore preparing contingency plans, so we can be able to act fast, if needed.
The reports we had are of people being shot in the street trying to flee and shot in their homes. We're filled with the deepest foreboding for those who remain in this last hellish corner.
The situation is very, very bad. The civil defence has stopped operating in the city.
Our American colleagues do, so to speak, agree with that, and from Dec. 3 when we met John Kerry in Rome they supported such a concept and even gave us their approval on paper. But after three days they revoked that agreement and returned to their old, dead-end position which comprises this: Before the agreement on corridors there has to be a truce … as I understand, this would just mean the rebels would get a break.
The Secretary-General is conveying his grave concern to the relevant parties. He has instructed his Special Envoy for Syria to follow up urgently with the parties concerned.
The Gov'ts of Syria & Russia are accountable for any and all atrocities that the victorious militias in Aleppo are now committing!
We should work with them where we can, but it is clear that in the Syria discussions they've been dragging their feet, enabling [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] to regain control of Aleppo.
People run from one shelling to another to escape death and just to save their souls. ... It's doomsday in Aleppo, yes doomsday in Aleppo.
During their discussions, Department officials stressed the U.S.' unwavering commitment to a de-escalation of violence, the safe departure of Aleppo for all who want to leave, delivery of critical humanitarian aid and future inta-Syrian talks for a political solution to the crisis.
There are more than 100 corpses and others who could be still alive under the rubble whom no one is able to get to.
The reports we had are of people being shot in the street trying to flee and shot in their homes.
I don't think the regime would withdraw forces from Aleppo to Palmyra and risk losing Aleppo. I think the regime's priority now is to finish the battle for Aleppo before the end of the month for sure. As for Palmyra, the whole international community would stand by it against [the Islamic State].
Why is this silence? People are being eliminated. The last (message). Thanks for Everything. We shared many moments. The last tweets were from an emotional father. Farewell #Aleppo.
The government forces are at the end of the street. Forgive us.
The collapse is terrifying.
This pushes us to fight to the last breath despite what we have to face.
But after three days they revoked that agreement and returned to their old, dead-end position which comprises this: Before the agreement on corridors there has to be a truce... as I understand, this would just mean the rebels would get a break.
If Assad and his allies think that a military advance in certain quarters of Aleppo will signify that we will make concessions, then (I say) that will not happen. We will not make any concessions.
The situation is extremely difficult today.
The situation is very, very critical. The military took many areas and we are now squeezed.
It's been no secret to anyone involved in this ... if Aleppo were to fall ... the war does not end. It may even create more jihadists and more people who are more committed to seek revenge and try to continue to prosecute their interests.
What peace do they want? The peace of cemeteries? Negotiations must start again, the opposition is ready to negotiate without preconditions.
The battle for Aleppo is not aiming to defeat terrorism but to try to eradicate all political opposition, and they aim above all to use violence to shore up a dictator who is scorned.
We haven't abandoned Aleppo, and we haven't given up and we're going to do whatever we can to find solutions.
They have an ability to able to show a little bit of grace. And sometimes in diplomacy a little grace goes a long way.
The first thing we must do in Aleppo and across all of Syria is stop the fighting, the bombardments and allow access for humanitarian aid.
The goal is to liquidate the opposition, much more than to fight the Al-Nusra Front, like we are.
93% of the city of Aleppo is today under the control of the Syrian authorities. We appeal to those who, over the last few months, have said they are ready to send humanitarian aid to Aleppo.
Fighters ... don't trust that if they agreed to leave to try to save Aleppo that it will save Aleppo and they will be unharmed. The choice for many of them ... is to die in Aleppo, die in (neighbouring) Idlib, but die.
Bombing is truly round the clock. There are no hospitals, the remnants of the dead fill the streets, and the wounded have to fend for themselves.
Fighters ... don't trust that if they agreed to leave to try to save Aleppo that it will save Aleppo and they will be unharmed and free to move where they are not immediately attacked. Russia and Assad have a moment where they are in a dominant position to show a little grace.
A year and a half ago when I last visited there was not this level of damage. I'm shocked and saddened. They destroyed civilisation and humanity.
People are leaving through humanitarian corridors in a continuous flow into the part of the city that is controlled by the Syrian government. A large part of Aleppo - 93 percent - is today controlled by the Syrian government.
More than 30 per cent of east Aleppo is controlled by us.
Civilians are being used as pawns and prevented from leaving.
We saw, I think, a brief pause yesterday, but all too brief. There's been no consistent pause in the fighting that we have seen.
Combat operations by the Syrian army in east Aleppo have been suspended because the largest operation of evacuation of civilians from east Aleppo is being carried out. A column of about 8 thousand people, it is a tremendous operation.
If staying here means dying here, then standing by my principles will have been enough.
The member states that are supposed to help us get access to civilians in the crossfire are poles apart in how they regard what is happening in Syria. Russia said they will definitely be discussing with us how to organize the evacuations, but they are not promising any pause (in fighting).
More than thirty per cent of east Aleppo is controlled by us.
Aleppo is finished. There is nothing left except a few residents and bricks. This may be my last call.
An agreement has been reached to hold a meeting on Saturday in Geneva between our military experts and diplomats, in order to finalise the work that has somewhat sporadically continued over all these days on a document that would determine ways and means of reaching a final solution for the eastern Aleppo problem, by ensuring the withdrawal of all militants as well as civilians who would want to leave.
The writing on the wall looks as if eastern Aleppo's battle is virtually over.
I myself have expressed horror at the idea that by Christmas we would have the final part of the so-called battle for Aleppo that could have ended up in massive destruction – no Aleppo left – and 200,000 refugees streaming toward Turkey.
How many more battles do we need before finally people sit around the table.
Civilians are being used as pawns and prevented from leaving, in blatant violation of the obligation to take all feasible precautions to protect civilians from the effects of attack. The war crime of hostage taking is also possibly being committed.
That is why we hear wailing and screaming and pleas for truces as the only political discourse now.
All the achievements of humanity to uphold these conventions and other principles to protect civilians, hospitals and medical staff have been violated every day in Syria for five years. I think what is happening now is shameful for the whole of humanity.
Aleppo will completely change the course of the battle in all of Syria. The battle of Aleppo will be a gain, but ... it doesn't mean the end of the war in Syria. It is a significant landmark towards the end of the battle, but the war in Syria will not end until terrorism is eliminated. Terrorists are there in other areas, so even if we finish in Aleppo, we will carry on with the war against them.
Russia and the Syrian regime seek to make a desert and call it peace. The human tragedy is heart-breaking.
The events taking place in Aleppo are of serious concern to all of us.
The decision to liberate all of Syria is taken and Aleppo is part of it.
Liberating Aleppo from the terrorists deals a blow to the whole foundation of this project. To be realistic, it doesn't mean the end of the war.
They were forgotten.
Today 150,000 people are threatened with extermination.
Russia said they will definitely be discussing with us how to organise the evacuations, but they are not any more promising any pause (in fighting).
Terrorists are present elsewhere -- even if we finish with Aleppo, we will continue our war against them.
It's true that Aleppo will be a win for us, but let's be realistic – it won't mean the end of the war in Syria. But it will be a huge step towards this end. Terrorists are present elsewhere. Even if we finish with Aleppo, we will continue our war against them.
These patients and civilians had been trapped in the area for days because of heavy clashes nearby and as the front line kept drawing closer.
We are close to reaching an understanding, but I want to warn against high expectations.
We've had to move three times in a week. The bombing was intense - mortar shells, rockets, phosphorus.
The situation in Aleppo is very, very difficult. It is a humanitarian catastrophe. The main reason is the renewed offensive by the Syrian regime, supported by Russia.
Bread is sometimes distributed (by local authorities). You can't go out yourself to get it because the bombing is so so heavy.
We are exhausted. There is a lot of death and unprecedented destruction.
Diplomacy has not delivered for the people of Aleppo. It is not us that walked away from diplomacy. It is Syria and the Russian Federation.
I have to turn my mobile off now because there's no battery left ... there's a small generator a couple of houses away where we go to charge our phones, I'll try to get there.
As we know, these kinds of pauses have been used by fighters to reinforce their ammunition and to strengthen their positions and this will only worsen the suffering of civilians.
The Americans asked if we wanted to leave or to stay ... we said this is our city, and we will defend it.
Winter is approaching, it's already getting very, very cold so that has come up as a priority need ... Food is running out, the little food that is available is being sold at extremely inflated prices.
There has been heavy shelling on us, there are massacres (of civilians), there's no electricity and little internet access.
There is a logic of total war with incredible brutality of the Assad regime that aims at conquering useful Syria. It's a dramatic situation that will only get worse.
Serious conversations with are our American partners are not working.
Those who refuse to leave nicely will be destroyed. There is no other way.
We regret that the world community, including our partners in the United States, are reacting very modestly to the tragedy that unfolded with the attack on the field hospital.
The fall of eastern Aleppo will confront the United States with the reality that supporting a moderate opposition with any hope of becoming the future government of Syria is no longer a hope.
The basic challenge is the same. There's a moderate Syrian opposition that should not and does not deserve to be bombed into submission.
The blood of our soldiers is on the hands of those who ordered this murder – those who created, nurtured and armed these beasts in human form and named them the 'opposition.
The Russian and Syrian doctors tried their best to save her.
If it had been a new, fully automatic one they would have stolen it. The work of decades disappeared in a few hours.
They (rebels) are trying to take back all the areas the regime took yesterday (including) the eye hospital, al-Myassar.
The Russians are trying to do everything they can to make people leave. This is far from reality.
The blood of our soldiers is on the hands of those who ordered this murder. Those who created, nurtured and armed these beasts in human form and named them the 'opposition.
The fear was clear on everyone's face. There were limbs and bodies all over the ground.
I have no money to renovate it now but I will do so step by step.
They are all demanding unity.
In some ways, the relations among the Aleppo factions deteriorated even as the pro-regime offensive was ramping up. That may have played a role in the opposition's limited ability to defend against the opening stages of the offensives.
I will go to another area, I'll take my family and seek refuge in another area, a liberated area that doesn't have the regime. I have no trust at all in the regime to stay in its areas.
I had been in my home for 40 years, was I going to leave it in one day?
The destruction is indescribable - the limbs, burnt limbs. Buildings collapsed and were burned down, mosques were destroyed completely. We lost a lot of people... through barrel bombs and rockets. Some of them died and some of them were permanently injured.
We have kids, and I'm injured... so we had to walk very slowly.
We and the Russians are allies and everything that is happening is co-ordinated between Russian and Syrian leadership.
The noose is tightening quickly. Our resources are also running low and beginning to disappear.
To ensure the withdrawal of all rebels without exception from eastern Aleppo, ensure humanitarian supplies to the city residents and the restoration of normal life in eastern Aleppo.
I'm convinced the fall of Aleppo will not end the war.
I asked the factions, they said 'we will not surrender'. The military commanders in Aleppo said 'we will not leave the city. There is no problem with corridors for civilians to leave, but we will not leave the city.
We informed the UN in New York and Geneva that there is no problem with delivering aid to eastern Aleppo, and all that needs to happen is for an agreement to be made with the Syrian government for these convoys to travel through the area. They are in no danger now.
There is absolutely no seriousness.
The opposition's ability to defend itself under this offensive is very much in question, and it's easy to imagine that an eventual withdrawal seems increasingly likely.
We have to be realistic. The person who kills almost 600,000 shouldn't rule any country.
The way the fight is developing in Aleppo will have an impact. The way we will try to address the grievances of the Sunni population both in Iraq and in Syria will have an impact.
I mean, Europe panicked because we got 400,000 from Syria all over Europe. West Aleppo has that alone.
It's mainly messages about sparing the civilian population that is really caught between a rock and a hard place in these urban areas that are affected by fighting.
There must also be many combatants that have been wounded. And of course again under international humanitarian law, anybody who is out of combat deserves medical treatment.
We are of course trying to get access to these screening facilities and screening centres. In Syria we also have access to a number of places of detention. But the situation is for the time being extremely confusing. It is not easy for our teams to have access to these centres. But that is another area of dialogue we have of course with the Syrian government and we are working on that access.
We don't know how many urgent cases there are. We suspect that there are many.
The situation is very bad. There's intense fear of collective annihilation. This week I've changed locations three times.
The regime entered Sheikh Saeed, and then the rebel factions pushed it out. The factions took complete control of the district.
We are, of course, extremely concerned about the situation of especially little kids because they are much more vulnerable than adults…and can be weakened much faster.
More than 8,500 civilians, including about 4,000 children, escaped from the districts which had been controlled by armed groups including Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly known as the Nusra Front) during the demoralised militants' chaotic retreat.
A withdrawal by the factions is rejected. This is the decision of the factions. I spoke to them about everything that was tabled and they said they would not withdraw, and other things may also happen.
In the shelter, we had dead people who we couldn't take out because the bombardment was so intense.
During the last 24 hours, thanks to very well-prepared and careful actions, Syrian soldiers were able to radically change the situation. Practically half of the territory occupied by rebels in recent years in the eastern part of Aleppo has been completely liberated.
Practically half of the territory occupied by rebels in recent years in the eastern part of Aleppo has been completely liberated.
These Syrians were used as human shields for long years in Aleppo by terrorists of all allegiances.
Clearly, I cannot deny - this is a military acceleration and I can't tell you how long eastern Aleppo will last. There is a constant increase of movement on the military side.
Assad's survival does not promise stability in Syria. The hunger to remove Assad is as strong as ever. Islamists and jihadists are stronger, and that's where we are headed today.
We are now reaching the point where medical facilities and medical personnel have been so severely targeted in eastern Aleppo. We're down to no functioning hospitals and barely any medical care is able to take place in eastern Aleppo. That in itself is not only breach of Security Council resolutions but also it is a breach of international humanitarian law.
If there's no response from the international community or humanitarian organizations, the work will be suspended. Things will become very, very miserable.
Even if there are no machines, even if there's no equipment, we will work with our hands.
With these attacks, it's impossible. Today, there are more than 50 people buried under the rubble that we haven't pulled out.
All the fuel we have has finished.
I stayed in the liberated area because I couldn't move.
Aleppo city itself has also been a consistent base of moderate opposition activity, so its collapse spells what could be an existential blow to the moderate opposition from which it'll likely struggle to recover.
It is stinging cold, food is scarce and people are shaken in the streets.
We've aged 200 years in these past two or three years. It was like judgment day. I wouldn't wish this on my enemies.
We've been under siege for the past three months. I couldn't find a tomato or potato, or even an egg to eat. There were no nutrients left.
The revolutionary forces are reinforcing their defense lines on the edges of Hanano, steadfast in the defense of our people in Aleppo ... But the planes have destroyed everything, stones, trees and people, in a systematic policy of destruction.
Many people are being displaced from the eastern to the western neighbourhoods of besieged Aleppo. There were about 300 families which moved, but there are families who are exhausted and the army is advancing in a very big way.
The regime managed to advance into a number of positions in the Hanano housing area but revolutionary fighters are trying to take them back.
I would never underestimate an outgoing U.S. president as a lame duck. President Obama .... and Secretary of State John Kerry are very motivated to end the greatest humanitarian tragedy of this century that has played out during their time in office. It's about their legacy.
The regime is using heavy, systematic bombardment in the areas where it is trying to advance. This is causing many injuries in the ranks of the revolutionaries. For roughly five days the intensity of the attack and clashes in the northeast area has increased, and this threatens the entire eastern region.
We were frankly counting on the friendly states -- Turkey, France, others -- to offer us assistance much greater than this, on the military or humanitarian level.
God willing it will not be easy for the regime. We have excellent capabilities and are defending well.
We do now have written approval in principle by the armed opposition groups of east Aleppo.
Today one million people are besieged. Not just in Aleppo, but in Homs, Ghouta and Idlib, and that's the reality of the situation in Syria. France is taking an initiative to confront this strategy of total war by the regime and its allies, who are taking advantage of the current uncertainty in the United States.
We are very concerned (about the possibility of Assad) ... taking over in a brutal aggressive way what is left of eastern Aleppo. It could be tragic. It could be a new Vukovar.
It is absolutely heartbreaking and unacceptable that we all are witnessing what is happening, almost on direct television, directly transmitted, what may amount to war crimes in eastern Aleppo.
We need the political actors and the military commanders on the ground to allow this plan to proceed.
The situation in eastern Aleppo is really so horrendous, I mean it's beyond words ... Despite the occasional let-up, overall the picture is horrendous.
People are searching for bread. [The army] is saying these things to appear like they care for people.
All options must remain on the table.
There are no more working hospitals in eastern Aleppo, where more than 100,000 children are trapped under siege and heavy bombardment with dwindling access to food and medicine. They need these hospitals to stay alive. Children should not be dying in hospitals because of bombs and they should not be dying in schools.
It's obviously the Russian and Iranian support for the ... Syrian regime which has caused a dramatic worsening of the situation for the population.
For years, the United States has worked with our international partners to support their relief efforts and provide humanitarian aid to the Syrian people suffering as a direct result of Assad's war against his own people, which Moscow has aided and abetted. The Syrian regime and its allies, Russia in particular, bear responsibly for the immediate and long-term consequences these actions have caused in Syria and beyond.
I am not optimistic about the short-term prospects in Syria. Once Russia and Iran made a decision to back Assad in a brutal air campaign and essentially a pacification of Aleppo, regardless of the potential for civilian casualties, children being killed or wounded, schools or hospitals being destroyed, then it was very hard to see a way in which even a trained and committed moderate opposition could hold its ground for long periods of time.
This was completely rejected... This is a violation of our sovereignty.
The United States condemns in the strongest terms these horrific attacks against medical infrastructure and humanitarian aid workers. There is no excuse for these heinous actions. The United States again joins our partners ... in demanding the immediate cessation of these bombardments and calling on Russia to immediately de-escalate violence and facilitate humanitarian aid and access for the Syrian people.
We've got credible claims from legitimate, well-established agencies that are reporting this. And they are hospitals, and they are patients – people that are trying to get well are in fact being bombed. And frankly, it doesn't really matter whose airplane is dropping the bomb – it's either the Syrians or the Russians or both – the fact is it's got to stop. It needs to stop.
Aleppo is being wiped out in front of the eyes of the world. It's not only hospitals that are out of service. All liberated areas in Aleppo are out of service.
The whole of Aleppo is being bombed.
What many people don't know is that, through the cat shelter, we've collected a lot of donations to help people in Aleppo at all levels.
Clean water is vital, but it won't stop starvation, never mind protect people from indiscriminate aerial attacks.
It is shocking that healthcare facilities continue to be attacked in Syria. Only this year there were 126 attacks on health facilities and health workers recorded by the World Health Organisation and its partners.
This regime uses any means to add pressure to civilians. It has bombed bakeries and hospitals and has not made an exception for water and electricity.
There is only enough to keep the bakeries going to give people at least some bread. People are only getting about 15 per cent of what they need.
It's a well-developed, industrial-scale production.
Today we started a large-scale operation to deliver massive fire on the positions of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra in the provinces of Idlib and Homs.
For example, we are extremely concerned about the situation in eastern Aleppo at the moment where the last food rations that have been provided by the U.N. have been given out. It is very hard to say how people will be coping there. Of course, that is a very different situation than in the capital ((Damascus)), where food is readily available on the markets and people can buy things.
The Russian and Syrian air forces haven't conducted any strikes on Aleppo for 28 days.
Over and over again, hospitals and emergency rooms are placed in the crosshairs of a conflict that seems endless and unyielding in its cruelty. As long as Syria and Russia continue their scorched earth strategy across the country, there are no safe havens.
People are scared. The bombardment is intense.
We carried out exhaustive advance research on all targets. We are talking about warehouses with ammunition, terrorist training centres ... and factories.
It's all air strikes and parachute bombs. Today, the bombing is violent... There hasn't been this kind of attack in more than 15 days.
The Russian Defense Ministry will be ready to consider introducing new 'humanitarian pauses' at any time as soon as representatives of the U.N. mission in Syria officially confirm their readiness and possibility to deliver humanitarian aid to eastern Aleppo and to evacuate wounded and sick civilians.
The degree of these people's capriciousness is amazing, there is no pleasing them. No matter what we do, it's all bad. If we carry out strikes it's bad; if we don't it's bad. If we open humanitarian corridors it's also bad.
I do believe we will be able to avert mass hunger this winter. I think we will be able to get both supplies in and evacuations out, and none of the two should be conditioned on the other.
The report we have now from within east Aleppo is that the last food rations are being distributed as we speak. There will not be more to distribute next week. Some families have not had any distributions, families in need of relief have not had any distributions now for several weeks already.
The humanitarian pauses are undoubtedly needed. But we believe that simply extending their duration without offering real assistance to civilians, and allow the terrorists to restore their capabilities, would be unproductive and defy common sense.
There is still a battle and the result has absolutely not been decided.
The (Russian) president deems a regime when Russian air forces don't carry out strikes on eastern Aleppo as reasonable if militants don't start combat action.
An eventual reopening of the Aleppo city front is an inevitability. The opposition will go whether the Turks want it or not.
This offensive will take longer than previous ones because the attacks take place in urban areas and the regime militias have a lot to lose if this siege is broken.
The special envoy is against the evacuation of civilians unless it is voluntary.
The scale of the devastation in eastern Aleppo in recent months has been chilling. Given the track record of the forces fighting in Aleppo - particularly government forces - Amnesty International fears there will be very high civilian casualties as Syrian forces, supported by Russia, escalate attacks in order to seize control of the city.
I'm trying my best not to comment on the actual initiative, but to state what the situation is.
Nobody will leave and the Russians will escalate. The Russians declared this.
All the messages (from rebels) that I used to receive were 'we're coming for you with car bombs'. There was nothing to suggest reconciliation would happen.
The temporary humanitarian pause announced by Russia is no substitute for unfettered and impartial humanitarian access and ensuring protection of civilians in the longer term.
It's not true. Civilians and fighters are not leaving. Civilians are afraid of the regime, they don't trust it. And the fighters are not surrendering.
The (Russian) shelling and crimes continue and their planes have not left the skies of Aleppo.
The reported use of ground based missiles, along with the use of armed vehicles loaded with explosives, used in an area containing more than 1 million civilian inhabitants, is completely unacceptable and may constitute a war crime.
As a result, the prospect of the start of a political settlement and a return of the Syrian people to peaceful life has been postponed indefinitely.
All parties in Aleppo are conducting hostilities that are resulting in large numbers of civilian casualties and creating an atmosphere of terror for those who continue to live in the city.
If we have to, we will go to Syria.
We are afraid that Mosul could be another Aleppo, but we hope that will not happen.
There are ongoing clashes.
Today is supposed to be the launch of the battle. All the rebel groups will participate.
All the revolutionary factions, without exception, are participating in the battle.
The concerns are not based on anything as our planes have not come near Aleppo for nine days. Our battle group is in the Mediterranean. Our ships have always had a presence there.
Bells should toll for all innocent victims. Not just in Aleppo.
Let's achieve peace for the people of Aleppo. Let's make a joint fight against terrorist organisations. But Aleppo belongs to the people of Aleppo. We need to be clear on this. It is not right to make calculations over Aleppo.
We are concerned and I have expressed that very clearly about potential use of this battle group to increase Russia's ability and to be a platform for airstrikes against Syria. This is something I have conveyed very clearly before and I repeat those concerns today and I believe that all NATO allies are aware that this battle group can be used to conduct airstrikes against Aleppo and Syria.
There was artillery shelling ... and there were planes, the city was hit by several strikes.
It is each up to each nation to decide, as has been NATO policy for many years, but we are concerned about the potential use of this carrier group to increase attacks against civilians in Aleppo. All allies are aware of our concerns.
I have told our American friends we do not need (the Syrian Kurdish groups) to fight Daesh.
Let's make a joint fight against terrorist organisations. But Aleppo belongs to the people of Aleppo, we must explain this ... making calculations over Aleppo would not be right.
Over the last seven days, all flights by Russian and Syrian air forces have been completely halted. The planes are not going near the city and not carrying out strikes.
I am outraged that the fate of vulnerable civilians – sick and injured people, children and the elderly, all in need of critical and life-saving support – rests mercilessly in the hands of parties who have consistently and unashamedly failed to put them above narrow political and military interests.
Brien said no patients and family members were evacuated during the three-day Russian unilateral ceasefire last week which ended on Saturday with a resumption of air strikes and a surge in ground fighting.
It has decreased a lot. There hasn't been a lot of bombardment.
The question of renewing the humanitarian pause is not relevant now.
This has to end today, it can't carry on. 191 children have died in the last month and it's just unacceptable, so this is what today is about: just saying that enough is enough.
Nobody has left through the corridors. The small number of people which who tried to leave were faced with shelling around the [corridor area] and could not leave.
It's mean and cynical to ... watch the Nusra block the delivery of food and medicines to civilians while blaming Russia for the humanitarian catastrophe in Aleppo.
No one can withstand an eternal siege, but we have prepared for a long siege and a very long battle.
Armed opposition groups continue to fire mortars and other projectiles into civilian neighbourhoods of western Aleppo, but indiscriminate air strikes across the eastern part of the city by government forces and their allies are responsible for the overwhelming majority of civilian casualties.
The terrorists are doing everything to prevent civilians and the militants from leaving eastern Aleppo. All our requests to the American colleagues to put the pressure on the so-called moderate opposition to persuade them to end the shelling, let civilians leave or leave themselves, have been left unanswered.
No one has left the city'idday Friday, no evacuations were seen along the Aleppo corridor. No one has left the city so far. People are worried they might be detained. There are no guarantees.
The violations and abuses suffered by people across the country, including the siege and bombardment of eastern Aleppo, are simply not tragedies; they also constitute crimes of historic proportions.
Russia, you are making the situation worse, not solving it.
We should do everything possible for a peace deal in Syria but it's difficult to imagine that this should be linked to further sanctions on Russia.
We hope it can be four days from tomorrow Friday. They are considering that additional day.
Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham and other organisations that cooperate with them are sabotaging the UN efforts, that were made with the support of Russia and Syrian government, to set up humanitarian supplies in the east of Aleppo. The routes that such humanitarian aid can go through are being directly shelled.
Armed opposition groups continue to fire mortars and other projectile into civilian neighbourhoods of western Aleppo, but indiscriminate air strikes across the eastern part of the city by Government forces and their allies are responsible for the overwhelming majority of civilian casualties, and these violations constitute war crimes.
We all see the devastating events in Aleppo, but at the same time feel powerless to help, because of the complexity of the situation. With the bells, we want to make our voices heard, and give hope for better future.
The necessary conditions were not in place to ensure safe, secure and voluntary evacuations of sick and critically wounded people and their families.
Humanitarian issues are often viewed as if other intentions and motives are behind them. The "aid is for people in Aleppo, I don't know if they support (Syrian President Bashar) Assad or not, but we know they need help.
The "collective failure of the international community to protect civilians and halt this bloodshed should haunt every one of us.
It is an astronomically difficult operation whereby we need the security assurances from all sides to be there and to be adhered to, plus facilitation from all parties.
It's not even day-by-day, it's hour-by-hour.
Having in mind examples of this, it is clear that Russia's strategy is to weaken the EU. Our purpose is not to escalate the pressure with Russia. We are simply reacting to steps taken by Moscow. Of course, the EU is ready to conduct a dialogue with Russia but we will not compromise our values or principles.
If the intensity of the bombing that we've seen in recent days continues, then that would be a reason for us to think about what we do next.
This may be used to increase attacks on Aleppo ... to increase human suffering.
One option is sanctions. I don't think there's unity but I think it should be on the table, that this should be an option for the future.
We must show that robust and united European stance in the face of Russian aggression. It's vital that we work together to continue to put pressure on Russia to stop its appalling atrocities, its sickening atrocities in Syria.
All the options are open as long as the truce is not respected and as long as there is a will to crush a city, Aleppo. I go into this European Council to convince the Europeans that we should apply all the pressure required to prolong the truce, to allow humanitarian aid to reach the population and to have a political discussion.
They (the Russians) have said 11 hours per day and four days from today, Thursday. We hope it can be four days from tomorrow Friday. They are considering that additional day.
We must continue that robust and united European stance in the face of Russian aggression. It's vital that we work together to continue to put pressure on Russia to stop its appalling atrocities, its sickening atrocities, in Syria.
I hope that we as the European Council are in a position to make clear that what is happening in Aleppo, with Russian support, is completely inhuman. So there must be work as soon as possible on achieving a cease-fire – not just one over several hours per day, followed by many hours of bombing, but a lasting cease-fire. And above all getting humanitarian aid to people.
We have gotten it extended in both hours and in terms of days.
The package is clear, Nusra needs to declare they are ready to go, or others can do on their behalf, and at the same time that there is a commitment by the (Syrian) government to respect the local administration. Let's separate the two things. Today we consider this a medical evacuation, or medical support. The next steps are part of a larger package that needs to be there.
This is Syria, so everything can go wrong at every possible opportunity.
We hope to continue until we have been able to evacuate all of the cases that need such evacuation, and that would be hopefully done in the course of days, and it could be several hundred cases with their families.
It is unacceptable to make such accusations without first contacting us and without any verification.
Frankly, we are going through a humanitarian crisis and even a humanitarian disaster that the world hasn't seen for a hundred years, and I think the international community's credibility is no longer at stake, because it has been lost in this Syrian case.
What happens to Aleppo and more widely in Syrian territory, due to the incessant bombardment by the regime and its supporters is unacceptable intolerable, and unbearable. There are three hundred thousand victims since the beginning of the revolution and the war.
Of course, it is our mission in accordance with the constitution and the law to protect people and to get rid of those terrorists in Aleppo. In this way we can protect civilians. How could we protect them while still under the control of terrorists?
Given this situation, I believe no option - including that of sanctions - can be taken off the table. But the priority must first be to relieve the pain of the people. That will be an issue tomorrow. There again, no wonders are to be expected.
Their work will be aimed first of all at separating the 'moderate opposition' from the terrorists and its withdrawal from the eastern part of Aleppo.
We are making an appeal to the leaders of the countries who can use their influence over the armed groups from eastern Aleppo to convince their commanders to stop military action and leave the city.
The early halting of air strikes is necessary to declare a 'humanitarian pause'. It will ... guarantee a safe exit of civilians through six corridors and prepare for the evacuation of the ill and the wounded from the eastern part of Aleppo.
When we took up arms at the start of the revolution to defend our abandoned people we promised God that we would not lay them down until the downfall of this criminal regime. There are no terrorists in Aleppo.
That was my understanding, that it was supposed to be a beginning.
Our estimate today is that there are close to 50 groups inside eastern Aleppo, it is not just about the Russian and Syrian government.
I am of the opinion that no options, including that of sanctions, can be taken off the table in view of the situation, but the priority is that we look at lessening people's suffering in some way, and that will be an issue tomorrow. We can't expect miracles there either. But talking is always necessary, even when opinions are a long way apart.
The Russian military is offering yet another chance, and we hope that our partners will allow us all to take advantage of that.
When the weapons fall silent, we need all weapons to fall silent. We need assurances from all parties to the conflict, not just a unilateral announcement that this will happen. We need everybody to give us those assurances before it is immediately useful for us to do anything meaningful.
The factions completely reject any exit - this is surrender.
Russia now expects its partners ... to take the baton and assist this humanitarian operation, to make sure the bandits leave Aleppo, especially its eastern part, in order for a real process of separation of the so-called moderate opposition from terrorist groups to begin.
Given the situation, a unilateral ceasefire makes no sense, since Jabhat al-Nusra and groups allied to it will once again be given a breakther, will regroup and restore their military capability.
On October 20 from 0800 (0500 GMT) until 1600, a humanitarian pause will be implemented in the area of Aleppo. For that period, Russia's air force and Syrian government forces will halt air strikes and firing from other weapons.
On Oct. 20 from 0800 (0100 EST) until 1600, a humanitarian pause will be implemented in the area of Aleppo. For that period, Russia's air force and Syrian government forces will halt air strikes and firing from other weapons.
It can be a start. There are discussions ongoing, if the eight hours are enough for the convoys to deliver the aid in east Aleppo or not.
Today we will focus on all tracks, but again, on sanctions on Russia – that was not proposed by any member state at this moment.
The future salvation of Aleppo lies really on the Assad regime and above all with the Russians. It is up to them to pull the plug on this thing, to see sense and I appeal to the greatness of the Russian people to to choose a different path.
It knows how to mange these kind of things. But it also shows the lack of a political role (for the EU), which corresponds, more or less, to the will of the member states.
Now, some people ask what happens to Aleppo if it were to fall.
The real answer I'm afraid lies with those who are perpetrating it; and that is overwhelmingly the Assad regime and its puppeteers in the form of the Russians and the Iranians. And it is up to them to seize this moment to recognise the opportunity and in my view, show greatness and show leadership.
The urgent need right now in front of us is some kind of cessation of hostilities, at least a significant reduction in the level of violence, certainly in and around Aleppo, and that's going to be a primary focus. I would just say that we're looking to get this multilateral effort and approach to Syria up and running.
And it's about time to start moving toward an inclusive political process.
Everyone who stayed in Aleppo, which was under threat of siege for a long time, has prepared for steadfastness.
I do not rule out that the revolutionaries will be able to break the siege soon.
I don't have any particular expectations. So far, we haven't seen our partners to make any steps to get closer to fulfilling the agreements that we have.
There are enough bakeries, but there isn't enough flour or fuel. The families get half of their bread needs.
You have to keep cleaning this area and to push the terrorists to Turkey, to go back to where they come from or to kill them. There's no other option.
You have to clean. You have to keep cleaning this area and to push the terrorists to Turkey ... to go back to where they come from, or to kill them. There's no other option. But Aleppo is going to be a very important springboard to do this move. It's going to be the springboard, as a big city, to move to other areas, to liberate other areas from the terrorists. This is the importance of Aleppo now.
The bombing started at 2 a.m. and it's going on until now.
The bombing has been very intense.
We had bet on the possibility that Russia would make a positive contribution towards finding a solution to the Syrian crisis, having a positive influence on Assad's regime. Especially after the last few weeks we must realise that's not been the case.
It's not just a question of our political responsibility. Seeing the images that every day come from Aleppo, seeing and hearing the news, this is also about our moral credibility.
Our priority is not to enter in a cycle of sanctions just for the sake of sanctions. Our priority and determination is to convince everybody to stop bombing Aleppo and to allow access for humanitarian aid as quickly as possible, and to resume the political process as soon as possible.
I don't know. Is that really the role of such serious countries which aspire to conduct independent policies and be called major powers. I don't know.
The situation is very bad, and if it continues that way, the regime will retake ground it lost two years ago.
It's political rhetoric that doesn't make a lot of sense and doesn't take account of the reality in Syria. I am deeply convinced that it's our Western partners, and especially the United States, that are responsible for the situation in the region in general and Syria in particular.
The French foreign minister flew from Moscow to Washington, the next day he came out with (U.S. Secretary of State John) Kerry, accused Russia of all the deadly sins, no one spoke to or us or discussed anything with us, and tossed the resolution into the Security Council obviously expecting our veto.
What for? Knowing our position, and not discussing it with us, they didn't chuck in the resolution so it would pass. But to get the veto. What for? To exacerbate the situation and to whip up anti-Russian hysteria in media under their control, and to deceive their own citizens.
There were no Russian planes in the area of the aid convoy to Aleppo. That is a fact.
The sooner Washington understands that without Russia it is impossible to defeat international terrorism, the sooner the international community will win. We are ready for this work with American colleagues and other Western countries.
There is renewed bombardment and it is heavy.
We do not agree with what Russia is doing, bombarding Aleppo. France is committed as never before to saving the population of Aleppo.
These bombings - and I said it in Moscow, are war crimes. It includes all those who are complicit for what's happening in Aleppo, including Russian leaders. We shall contact the International Criminal Court prosecutor to see how she can launch these investigations.
On Aleppo, we discussed what kind of a strategy can be applied on humanitarian aid so that the people there can quickly attain peace and calm.
I hope that by the time I'm president, that we will have pushed ISIS out of Iraq.
There is no time to waste. Russia and Syria must stop the indiscriminate bombing now and abide by the rules of war to avoid the extreme suffering of the unprotected civilian population.
It is the annihilation of Aleppo.
This is not about stamping terrorism, this is about killing civilians. We are all in favor of fighting terrorism in Syria but the biggest single killer of innocent civilians in Syria is the Syrian regime. The second-biggest killer of innocent civilians in Syria is Russia, and it's only the third-biggest killer of innocent civilians in Syria that is al-Qaida, [Fatah al-Sham] and all the other terrorists.
It is very dangerous to play with such words because war crimes also weigh on the shoulders of American officials.
Do you, yes or no, want a cease-fire in Aleppo?
The first one is the cease-fire and no fly zone over Aleppo.
This is not a draft which is right for adoption, I have this suspicion that the real motive is to cause a Russian veto. I cannot possibly see how we can let this resolution pass.
Russia and the regime owe the world more than an explanation about why they keep hitting hospitals and medical facilities, children and women. They're beyond the accidental now, way beyond, years beyond the accidental.
The bottom line is: In a maximum of two months -- two and a half months -- the city of eastern Aleppo at this rate may be be totally destroyed ... and thousands of Syrians, not terrorists, will be killed.
The urgency today is the cessation of hostilities and to end the massacres in Aleppo.
Is this going to be the alibi for destroying the city?
It's an American card. Without al-Nusra, the Americans cannot have any real, let's say, concrete and effective card in the Syrian arena.
It would be irresponsible for us, given what's happening in Aleppo, not to touch base with Foreign Minister Lavrov periodically.
I just have to tell you that the provocations by Russia need to be met with American strength, and if Russia chooses to be involved and continue, I should say to be involved in this barbaric attack on civilians in Aleppo, the United States of America should be prepared to use military force to strike military targets of the Assad regime to prevent them from this humanitarian crisis that is taking place in Aleppo.
Indiscriminate bombing and shelling continues in a shocking and unrelenting manner, killing and maiming civilians, subjecting them to a level of savagery that no human should have to endure. The health care system in eastern Aleppo is all but obliterated.
The situation in Aleppo is beyond dire ... People are stuck under the rubble and we can't get to them because of the intensity of the shelling. We are pleading for help to stop the bombing.
The bombing of Aleppo right now is inexcusable. We are on the verge of suspending the discussion because it is irrational in the context of the kind of bombing taking place, to be sitting there trying to take things seriously.
Aleppo is one of the most dangerous places in the world, and in the last week it has become perhaps the most dangerous place in the world for children.
You saw yesterday how the Syrian Ambassador feels about the death, the slaughter, of the Syrian people in Aleppo - he laughed. That's the coldness and the brutality that we're talking about, and Russia stands right alongside those individuals and those bombers and, again, is not backing the regime - is fighting alongside the regime, bombing alongside the regime, exceeding in brutality what we have seen from the regime in the life of this war.
The United States is making preparations to suspend U.S.-Russia bilateral engagement on Syria - including on the establishment of the Joint Implementation Center - unless Russia takes immediate steps to end the assault on Aleppo and restore the cessation of hostilities.
Aleppo is worse than a slaughterhouse.
This comes at a time when east Aleppo has been under siege since July and is suffering the bloodiest indiscriminate bombing since the beginning of the war.
The secretary made clear the United States and its partners hold Russia responsible for this situation, including the use of incendiary and bunker buster bombs in an urban environment, a drastic escalation that puts civilians at great risk. The secretary stressed that the burden remains on Russia to stop this assault and allow humanitarian access to Aleppo and other areas in need.
The regime and its allies know very well the high price they will pay if they try to storm liberated Aleppo. The rebels have become experts in street warfare and ways to drain the enemy.
WHO submitted the request for medical evacuations through the Ministry of Health to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The plans are being firmed up on how and where to evacuate with options of west Aleppo and Bab al Hawa hospital in Idlib.
We are talking about only 35 doctors left in east Aleppo to take care of hundreds of wounded people, and the number is increasing. It's not just one attack - it's a daily attack on civilians. So you can imagine how many wounded are trying to get some medical help in such circumstances. It's a worrisome situation.
There was intense shelling (in eastern Aleppo) earlier. It seemed the (government) was preparing for the attack.
The escalation of fighting in Aleppo is claiming more victims everyday. WHO is calling for an immediate establishment of humanitarian routes to evacuate sick and wounded from the eastern part of the city. We are talking about only 35 doctors left in east Aleppo to take care of hundreds of wounded people and the number is increasing.
It is apocalyptic what is being done to eastern Aleppo.
What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counterterrorism -- it's barbarism. It's apocalyptic what is being done in eastern Aleppo.
While they're pounding Aleppo, dropping indiscriminate bombs, killing women and children, talk of a unity government is pretty complicated.
There are 30 doctors who are still inside the eastern Aleppo city.
It is time to say who is carrying out those air strikes and who is killing civilians. Russia holds a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, this is a privilege and it is a responsibility. Yet in Syria and in Aleppo, Russia is abusing this historic privilege.
And yes the Security Council needs to be ready to fulfill our responsibilities. The regime and Russia have instead plunged to new depths and unleashed a new hell on Aleppo. Russia is partnering with the Syrian regime to carry out war crimes.
People in Aleppo already suffocating under the effects of the siege, have yet again come under horrific attack. No aid, including urgent medical supplies, is allowed to enter. We are deeply worried by the high numbers of wounded reported by the hospitals we support, and also know that in many areas the wounded and sick have nowhere to go at all -- they are simply left to die.
More than 200,000 people in Aleppo have become prisoners of the terrorist groups, Jabhat al-Nusra and others. They're trying to use women and children as human shields. Air strikes are used only against the militants' positions and with laser guided bombs.
All we can expect from Aleppo if the Syrian government is intent on retaking it is ... a slow, grinding, street-by-street fight, over the course of months, if not years, whereby the ancient city will be almost completely destroyed.
I have not seen in my life such bombardment. It is very, very intense. The regime tried to advance in several neighborhoods in Aleppo.
It was the heaviest air strikes for months inside Aleppo city. It was very intense. In that area we didn't see heavy fighting recently.
The security situation in Syria is not one situation, it's a patchwork of different levels of security or insecurity. It's a patchwork of multiple actors, armed groups, and we need to take that into account when we evaluate on a case-by-case basis. So that is what we do, whether we send it to rural Damascus as we do today or, hopefully, in the near future, we can resume deliveries in Aleppo and elsewhere in Syria.
Bombing is continuing. Aleppo is still threatened. The population is starving. And there is a humanitarian convoy that is attacked and there are dead. This is the reality. One must denounce this reality.
The situation in East Aleppo is particularly dire. There are between 250,000 and 275,000 people in urgent need ... As a result of what happened last night a lot of people are not going to be receiving the assistance they need.
All the permissions the Syrian government was supposed to give have been given for humanitarian supplies to reach people in need in various parts of Syria and that the humanitarian convoy to eastern Aleppo is supposed to leave tomorrow morning.
We are as ready to go as we can possibly be. The modalities for ensuring safe passage have not yet been cleared and given to us so that we can move. We know that there is at least a quarter of a million people in eastern Aleppo who are potentially all of them in need of some kind of aid.
The reason we're not in eastern Aleppo has again been a combination of very difficult and detailed discussions around security monitoring and passage of roadblocks, which is both opposition and government.
The Syrian army ... began the staged withdrawal of vehicles and personnel from the Castello Road to ensure the unimpeded delivery of aid to eastern Aleppo.
Castello Road in the Russian-American agreement has a special status, that the convoys, which are ready, 40 trucks, 20 and 20, are ready and waiting for this, will be sealed and once they moved they will not be harassed, they will not be investigated, and they will be moving through that road all the way to eastern Aleppo.
Today, calm appears to have prevailed across Hama, Latakia, Aleppo city and rural Aleppo and Idlib, with only some allegations of sporadic and geographically isolated incidents. Sources on the ground, which do matter, including inside Aleppo city, said the situation has dramatically improved with no air strikes.
This requires halting all attacks, including aerial bombardments, and any attempts to gain additional territory at the expense of the parties to the cessation. It requires unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to all of the besieged and hard-to-reach areas, including Aleppo.
The fighting is flaring on all the fronts of southern Aleppo but the clashes in Amriyah are the heaviest.
"The fighting is flaring on all the fronts of southern Aleppo but the clashes in Amriyah are the heaviest,"
If Aleppo is at peace, we believe that the prospects for a diplomatic solution will brighten. If Aleppo continues to be torn apart, the prospects for Syria and its people are grim.
(In eastern Aleppo) we hear that because of the lack of services and lack of health facilities that some children are now, that doctors can't cope with all the cases and some children in dire situations are left to die (…) The violence has to stop and once the violence stops the UN we absolutely stand ready (…) to deliver the needed support to the people in eastern Aleppo as well.
If Aleppo continues to be torn apart, the prospects for Syria and its people are grim.
This requires halting all attacks, including aerial bombardments, and any attempts to gain additional territory at the expense of the parties to the cessation. It requires unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to all of the besieged and hard-to-reach areas including Aleppo.
Yes, I understand the dynamics of the Syrian conflict – I talk about them every day. But hit with 'What about Aleppo?', I immediately was thinking about an acronym, not the Syrian conflict. I blanked. It happens, and it will happen again during the course of this campaign. Can I name every city in Syria? No. Should I have identified Aleppo? Yes. Do I understand its significance? Yes.
About Aleppo. And what is Aleppo?
So Aleppo is the center of a lot of people's concerns across the planet about the terrible humanitarian crisis that is unfolding not only in Syria, but especially in Aleppo. You asked, What is Aleppo?' Do you really think that foreign policy is so insignificant that somebody running for president of the United States shouldn't even know what Aleppo is, where Aleppo is, why Aleppo is so important?
Unimaginable crimes are occurring in Aleppo ... pro-government aerial bombardments cause mass civilian casualties.
I think the ordinary person does care. But they don't know what to do. What can they do besides donate? What can they do for a child trapped inside Aleppo? I was born in the United States and I went to Aleppo at age 12. I am very attached to Aleppo, the home where I grew up. Watching it being destroyed in front of your eyes is heartbreaking.
First, a lifeline to eastern Aleppo, going cross-border from Turkey. Initially we would be ready in the first 48-hour weekly pause to have two convoys, of 20 trucks each, that would carry enough food for 80,000 people in eastern Aleppo.
Due to the lack of a pause, no humanitarian aid is reaching anywhere in Syria at the moment, except Deir al-Zor, and Aleppo is still, eastern Aleppo, besieged, and western Aleppo, in threat of becoming besieged.
I insist, on behalf of the UN Secretary General, to have a 48-hour pause in Aleppo. This would require some heavy lifting not only by Russia and the US, the two co-chairs, but also those who have influence on the ground.
In Aleppo we risk seeing a humanitarian catastrophe unprecedented in the over five years of bloodshed and suffering in the Syrian conflict. The fight for territory and resources is being undertaken through indiscriminate attacks on residential areas, including through the use of barrel bombs, killing hundreds of civilians, including dozens of children. All parties to the conflict are failing to uphold their obligation to protect civilians.
Step by step, we are getting closer to a plan – and I am only talking about Aleppo here – that will indeed allow us to start fighting together to bring peace to this troubled land and to allow people to return to their homes.
Step by step, we are nearing an arrangement, I'm talking exclusively about Aleppo, that would allow us to find common ground and start fighting together for bringing peace to that territory.
No one and nowhere is safe. Shell-fire is constant, with houses, schools and hospitals all in the line of fire. People live in a state of fear. Children have been traumatized. The scale of the suffering is immense. For four years, the people of Aleppo have been devastated by brutal war, and it is only getting worse for them. This is beyond doubt one of the most devastating urban conflicts in modern times.
The UN urgently calls for a humanitarian pause in the fighting in Aleppo to enable immediate access to repair the electricity and water networks and provide humanitarian assistance to people in need.
If the fighting continues it is conceivable that civilians on both sides of Aleppo could be cut off from the basic assistance they need. We cannot allow this to happen.
Most recently I'm hearing that the markets are closed and it's next to impossible to purchase food. The UN estimates that collectively all aid supplies in east Aleppo will only last about two more weeks. Getting aid to those that need it is more dangerous than ever and the more time that goes by before new stocks can be brought, the worse it will get. These vulnerable families were already living on the edge.
We've been very concerned about the situation in Aleppo and we have made those concerns plain to Russian officials. Kerry had spoken to his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in a phone call on Friday.
Aleppo and its suburbs are in a difficult situation, an almost critical humanitarian situation. We're calling on all international humanitarian organisations working in Syria to join this operation.
Today there is no way at all to bring anything into Aleppo.
The defense of Aleppo is the defense of the rest of Syria, it is the defense of Damascus, it is also the defense of Lebanon, and of Iraq. We will increase our presence in Aleppo.
We are facing a new wave, or a new stage, of projects of war against Syria which are being waged in northern Syria, particularly in the Aleppo region.
Everyone realizes that the terrorist we need to fear is not on the streets of Aleppo or Mosul or Fallujah. It's on the streets of the United States. And they will have guns unless we pass tough laws.
I hope and pray that it is extended and that the people of Aleppo can get the respite that they need now, and we can get aid to them. We're going to Afreen today, that's 50,000 people, and that's an area north of Aleppo that hasn't had help for a very long time.
It is a difficult and dangerous period we are going through. Aleppo is almost under siege.
It's impossible for the rebel groups to leave Aleppo because this would be a trick by the regime.
We have 120 volunteers with the White Helmets in the city of Aleppo today. Twelve of them have been injured and so we're trying to convene training sessions in the town of Aleppo to recruit new volunteers because of the ferocious bombing campaign that is unprecedented in the city of Aleppo.
We have reached the road that links Manbij and Aleppo, from the west ... (it is) the last main road to the city.
It is not Daesh (Islamic State) that is being attacked in Aleppo, it is the moderate opposition.
Since February's partial ceasefire some areas of the country have seen locals begin to return to their homes. Not long ago this village between Hama and Aleppo was on the frontline. Today, with the mediation of Russian specialists, it is signing an 'act of reconciliation.
We are in touch with the opposition and it is our expectation they will comply. In part it is a recognition that Aleppo is very complex and the fighting around there is indeed alarming. We need to start somewhere and we're going to start with Latakia and east Ghouta.
For the sake of individuals in Aleppo, we name for all to cease this indiscriminate violence.
There might be no justification for these appalling acts of violence intentionally concentrating on hospitals and clinics, that are strictly prohibited beneath worldwide humanitarian regulation. Individuals maintain dying in these assaults. There isn't any protected place anymore in Aleppo.
The data available to us shows that a plane of one of the countries of the so-called 'anti-ISIS' coalition has been operating in Aleppo airspace after a long period of inactivity.
It warns that the impact of the regime and its allies' offensives around Aleppo and Eastern Ghouta are a threat to the cessation of hostilities.
In Aleppo there is a real collapse of the truce.
The secretary-general is deeply concerned by reports of missile attacks on at least five medical facilities and two schools in Aleppo and in Idlib, which killed close to 50 civilians, including children, and injuring many. Such attacks are a blatant violation of international laws. These incidents cast a shadow on the commitments made at the ISSG (International Syria Support Group) meeting in Munich on Feb. 11.
Let's be clear about what this agreement does. It allows Russia's assault on Aleppo to continue for another week. Mr Putin is not interested in being our partner. He wants to shore up the Assad regime, he wants to establish Russia as a major power in the Middle East, he wants to use Syria as a live fire exercise for Russia's modernizing military.
We will help our brothers in Aleppo with all means at our disposal. We will take those in need, but we will never allow Aleppo to be emptied through an ethnic massacre.
We are concerned about the situation north of Aleppo and are working to de-escalate tensions on all sides. We have urged Syrian Kurdish forces affiliated with the YPG not to take advantage of a confused situation by seizing new territory. We have also seen reports of artillery fire from the Turkish side of the border and urged Turkey to cease such fires.
There is no question ... that Russia's activities in Aleppo and in the region right now are making it much more difficult to be able to come to the table and to be able to have a serious conversation.
The bombing of Aleppo needs to finally stop! Whoever wants to fight terrorists does not attack hospitals!
What's happened now, with the hitting of the humanitarian convoy, and with the subsequent siege on Aleppo, you've got a scenario now, a dynamic where as these moderate opposition forces are under real and increasing pressure by the regime, that they are driven more or less into the arms, they have to turn to Nusra (Front, referring to the al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham Front) fight side by side. So, it just escalates and makes more confusing and more jumbled what is already a difficult situation.
The UNHCR will be tired to hear about irregular migrants coming to Greece. The reality is that 48 percent of the people arriving in Greece are Syrians, most of them are coming from Aleppo. We expect on Monday to see an agreement between the EU on Turkey, on the positive progress report on the implementation of the Joint Action Plan of Action between Europe and Turkey.
The killer is the same, the same as the one who is thirsty for blood, both Syrian and Lebanese… in Beirut, in Tripoli, all over Lebanon…. as in Syria, from Deraa, to Aleppo, to Damascus, all over the country.
All this, taken along with the reported build-up of forces in and around Aleppo, bodes ill for the people of that city.
There are now a very large number of Hezbollah fighters in Syria, in Qusair, in Idlib, in Aleppo, in Damascus and I can say everywhere in the country. . Hezbollah fighters are invading Syrian territory. And when they continue to do that and the Lebanese authorities don't take any action to stop them coming to Syria, I think we are allowed to fight Hezbollah fighters inside [Lebanese] territory.
Aleppo is quite an important city. It is the economic centre of Syria and the northern gate to Turkey. If the rebels take the city, which is near the Syrian-Turkish border, they can easily access weapon supplies from Turkey.
One of the attacks was the August 2012 attack on the Arqiol Bakery in Aleppo City. It was only when people starting gathering outside the bakery that the helicopter dropped two bombs that killed almost two dozen people.
Children should have gone back to school after the holidays, but not in Aleppo most have stayed closed and for a reason. Most of them have been reduced to rubble, like the one behind me. Still the bombs continue to fall on Syria's second city.
No. We are not weakening. We are stronger than before. Assad's army isn't very big, so they can't fight in several areas at once. We have fronts at Arkoub, Saba Bahrat, old Aleppo, and at Salah Eddine. Since there aren't many of them, when we started the fight in Arkoub they were still in Salah Eddine. That really shows their weakness and numbers. They are underequipped to cover several fronts, so we opened up like that on purpose, to weaken them more. They don't know what to do. They are really weak.
Arranging to meet the military commander in Aleppo is far from easy. Abdelkader el-Hadji has at least six thousand men under him, and is high on the Assad regime's most wanted list. This former businessman has his troops' respect and doesn't like to take any risks.