US Official Slams Russian Airstrikes in Syria

UNITED NATIONS—The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations slammed Russia’s military intervention in Syria on Thursday, saying it has made the Islamic State terrorists (ISIL) stronger and allowed them to seize more Syrian territory.

The Russian strikes, which began on September 30, have been “profoundly counter-productive,” often concentrating on groups fighting ISIL, Samantha Power told a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the Middle East.

“By attacking non-extremist groups Russia has boosted, perversely, the relative strength of ISIL, which has taken advantage of this campaign by seizing new territory in rural Aleppo.”
 
Power added Russia’s intervention has “worsened an already dire situation,” and according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, the air strikes have hit schools and markets around Aleppo and killed at least 100 civilians.
 
The United Nations has said the new offensive has forced as many as 50,000 people from their homes in southwest Aleppo city and 35,000 from Hama. “That’s 85,000 newly displaced in a relatively short period of time,” Power said.READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS WEBSITE
 

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