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Russia blocked UN Statement on air-strikes in the city of Aleppo in Syria

Jan 10, 2014 12:53 IST

Russia on 8 January 2014 blocked a statement of UN Security Council that condemned the Syrian Government’s use of air-strikes against civilians in the city of Aleppo. The city of Aleppo, which once was a business hub of the country, has now been divided between the rebel and government forces.

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UN condemned the use of barrel bombs and scud missiles by the forces of President Assad, which has killed more than hundreds of people. Russia by being joined by China and has vetoed three Security Council resolutions that has condemned the government of Syria and has threatened it sanctions.

Russia on 19 December 2013 opposed a similar statement that would have condemned attacks on the civilians by the troops of Syrian government.

The council failed to reach an agreement on 8 January 2014 following the amendments that was proposed by Russia. As per an UN diplomat, the proposed amendment has been designed to rob the statement of any reference to what has happened in Aleppo. The statement was British drafted and had councils express of outrage on the airstrikes of the government troops in the city of Aleppo in which more than 700 people have been killed leaving behind approximately 3000 people injured since 15 December 2013.

Till now, more than one lakh people been killed and numerous have been forced to flee from Syria in a period of three years of civil war in the country.


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