UN Security Council Holding Emergency Meeting on Violence in Aleppo

A Syrian government soldier gestures a v-sign under the Syrian national flag near a general view of eastern Aleppo after they took control of al-Sakhour neigborhood in Aleppo, Syria in this handout picture provided by SANA, Nov. 28, 2016.
A Syrian government soldier gestures a v-sign under the Syrian national flag near a general view of eastern Aleppo after they took control of al-Sakhour neigborhood in Aleppo, Syria in this handout picture provided by SANA, Nov. 28, 2016.

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council is set to hold an emergency meeting Wednesday on the recent increase in hostilities in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo

Britain and France called for the session, which Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin criticized as a “propaganda campaign.”

It follows a dire prediction Tuesday from U.N. envoy from Syria Staffan de Mistura as fighting in Aleppo continued to intensify and more civilians tried to escape.

“Clearly, I cannot deny – this is a military acceleration and I can’t tell you how long eastern Aleppo will last,” de Mistura said during remarks to the European Parliament. “There is a constant increase of movement on the military side.”

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that more than 50,000 people fled eastern Aleppo in the past four days.

The increase in fighting intensity forced many civilians to flee their homes empty handed, a situation U.N. humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien called “alarming and chilling.”

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SOURCE: VOA News Online

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