The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (pictured) offered on Thursday to go to eastern Aleppo and escort up to 1,000 Islamist fighters out of the city for the sake of a halt to the bombardment by Russian and Syrian forces.
The Associated Press quoting said De Mistura said history would judge Syria and Russia if they used the presence of about 900 former Nusra Front fighters as an “easy alibi” for destroying the rebel-held besieged area, killing thousands of the 275,000 citizens, 100,000 of whom are children.
“The bottom line is in a maximum of two months, two and a half months; the city of eastern Aleppo at this rate may be totally destroyed. We are talking about the old city in particular,” de Mistura told a news conference in Geneva.
“There is only one thing we are not ready to do: be passive, resign ourselves to another Srebrenica, another Rwanda, which we are sadly ready to recognise written on that wall in front of us, unless something takes place,” he said.
Syrian government forces seized around half of a key opposition-held neighbourhood in Aleppo on Thursday in a new advance against rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.
SOURCES: News Now/Breitbart Online/Photo AP