The White house on Friday questioned Russia’s credibility as missiles rained down on rebel-held areas of Syria’s Aleppo and the regime army prepared a ground offensive to retake the city.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest blamed Russia for the Syrian regime’s non-compliance with the short-lived ceasefire.
“Russia’s culpable, and if this arrangement has a future, Russia’s going to need to step up and prove it,” Earnest told reporters in a daily briefing.
Meanwhile, the Syrian civil defence reported dozens of civilian deaths on Friday.
“Ninety civilians, including children, were killed and dozens more wounded in raids on eastern Aleppo by Russia warplanes and regime aircraft on Friday,” said Ibrahim al- Hajj, the media centre director for the Syria civil defence told The New Arab.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented 45 deaths on Friday.
The intensity of the bombardment, which included artillery barrages and barrel bombings by helicopters, brought new misery to the estimated 250,000 civilians besieged by the regime’s army.
SOURCES: News Now/