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Syrian troops advance in central Aleppo near old quarter

Syrian troops advance in central Aleppo near old quarter

GENEVA, Sept 27 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) and Red Cross called on Tuesday for dozens of sick and wounded people in the embattled eastern part of the Syrian city of Aleppo to be evacuated safely for treatment. CNN has not been able to independently verify such claims.

Another administration official, however, said, "The opposition has a right to defend itself and they will not be left defenceless in the face of this indiscriminate bombardment".

The senior rebel official said the simultaneous attacks had been repelled, but pro-government forces were also mobilising in two other areas near the rebel-held Sheikh Saeed district on the city's southern outskirts.

Rebels, meanwhile, shelled Masyaf, a government stronghold near the central city of Hama, for the second day in a row on Sunday, according to the Syrian Observatory. He then described Aleppo as a "martyred city".

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He also lashed out at British and American diplomats who accused Moscow of "barbarism" over its ongoing bombardment of the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Russian and Syrian aircraft have unleashed a ferocious series of air strikes on eastern Aleppo since Thursday, including with so-called "bunker-busting" bombs that destroy underground shelters used by civilians and hospitals.

However, the Kremlin is concerned that "terrorists are using the cease-fire regime to regroup, to replenish their arsenals and for obvious preparations to carry out attacks", Peskov said.

After the failure of the U.S. -Russia brokered cease-fire, hopes of any form of truce were flattened by the ferocity of the Bashar al-Assad regime's offensive on the opposition-held areas of Aleppo.

During an emergency session of the UN Security Council, US ambassador Samantha Power accused Russian Federation of "barbarism", while the British and French envoys went even further.

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But Shaaban says "we want a public apology and we want this issue not to be repeated", adding: "Lives were lost".

Britain's United Nations ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, said on Sunday the USA and Russian bid to bring peace to Syria "is very, very near the end of its life and yes the Security Council needs to be ready to fulfill our responsibilities".

The United States, Britain and France, who called the emergency meeting, heaped blame on Moscow for supporting the Syrian offensive which UN envoy Staffan de Mistura called one of the worst of the five-year war.

"What you would have as a result is just an escalation in what is already horrific fighting", Toner said.

"The regime and Russian Federation have instead plunged to new depths and unleashed a new hell on Aleppo", Rycroft told the council.

Airstrikes on Aleppo on Monday killed at least six people, according to the Local Coordination Committees, an activist-run collective.

"This isn't Pompeii, this is Aleppo", one social media user wrote.

Several thousand rebels from different factions are believed holed up in eastern Aleppo, with the largest being the Nour el-Din el-Zinki group.

A Syrian government offensive on the rebel-held eastern part of the city has entered its fourth day, after diplomatic efforts broke down last week.

A total of 131 fighters and 119 family members were bussed out of Waer, devastated after a three-year regime siege, to rebel-held Dar al-Kubra further north, said a source from Homs governorate.


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