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Media statement from the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Staffan de Mistura

30 October 2016


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Geneva (30 October 2016) -  The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Staffan de Mistura, is appalled and shocked by the high number of rockets indiscriminately launched by armed opposition groups on civilian suburbs of western Aleppo in the last 48 hours.

Credible reports quoting sources on the ground indicate that scores of civilians in west Aleppo have been killed, including several children, and hundreds wounded due to relentless and indiscriminate attacks from armed opposition groups.

“Those who argue that this is meant to relieve the siege of eastern Aleppo should be reminded that nothing justifies the use of disproportionate and indiscriminate weapons, including heavy ones, on civilian areas and it could amount to war crimes,” Mr. de Mistura said.

In the same vein, the Special Envoy reiterates the Secretary General’s condemnation of recent attacks on schools on both sides, as well as the use of heavy airpower on civilian areas that has characterized the fighting in Aleppo.

“The civilians of both sides of Aleppo have suffered enough due to futile but lethal attempts of subduing the city of Aleppo,” he said.

“They now need and deserve a stable ceasefire covering this ancient city of Syria.”


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