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Devastating hospital bombing in Aleppo increases sense of urgency around ending hostilities

The third consecutive bombing of M10 hospital in rebel-held eastern Aleppo by Syrian government forces has increased the sense of urgency among those seeking an immediate end to hostilities in the beleaguered city. 

On Monday, Aleppo’s M10 hospital was extensively bombed for the third time since the start of the war, destroying all its overground facilities (its underground facilities remained mostly intact; medical facilities in Syria have prepared themselves for aerial bombings by reducing their overground activity).

International inaction on the catastrophe in Aleppo has jeopardized peace in the region and the world.

The Iranian Resistance strongly condemns the ruthless bombings of Aleppo, the massacre of children, especially the bombardment of hospitals and the killing of patients and the wounded, as well as the inhuman siege of the city. The NCRI calls on the world community to take urgent action to stop these bombardments and put an end to the criminal siege of Aleppo, which are widely perpetrated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and their proxies.

The bombing by Russian jets has been the pinnacle of the wave of violence which has gripped Aleppo since the failure of a U.S. and Russia-imposed ceasefire in September. After the U.S. bombed Syrian government fighters in what it described as an “accident”, Bashar al-Assad’s forces, backed by Russian air support and soldiers sent by Iran on the ground, launched a devastating wave of reprisal attacks on the rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo. About 400 people have been killed since the ceasefire collapsed and many more have been injured.

On Tuesday, Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit called for an “urgent ceasefire” in Aleppo to allow the flow of humanitarian aid to residents.

“What is happening in this city… is carnage,” Abul Ghent said during an emergency meeting of the Arab Leagues’ 22 representatives in Cairo called together by Kuwait.

His comments came after statements by the U.N. were released suggesting that the bombing of hospitals and civilians in Aleppo may constitute war crimes. A movement to place the issue before the International Criminal Court was passed by all members of the U.N. Security Council except Russia, who vetoed it.

“The random airstrikes and barrel bomb attacks and the inhuman siege in eastern Aleppo are tantamount to war crimes,” a statement published by the Arab League on Saturday said. It also described the situation in Aleppo as “unbearable” and condemned terrorist organizations operating in Syria, such as the Al-Nusra Front and ISIS.

Hopes for an end to the carnage were dampened this week when the U.S. officially ended its ceasefire talks with Russia, saying it was not making a serious effort to end the conflict. Both sides condemned the other for the talks’ failure.

Talks between the U.S. and Russia reportedly fell apart due to Russia and Syria’s determination to find a military solution to the conflict.

“Washington simply did not fulfil the key condition of the agreement to improve the humanitarian condition around Aleppo,” Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

“After failing to fulfil the agreements that they themselves worked out, they are trying to shift responsibility on to someone else”.

On Tuesday, Germany confirmed a story published earlier in a German newspaper that talks were to take place in Berlin inviting senior officials from the U.S., Britain, France, Italy and Germany in order to resolve the conflict in Syria. The meeting demonstrates the resolve of many of the negotiators to find an enduring peace despite mutual mistrust.

Speaking in Brussels at the German Marshall Fund, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said: “We are not giving up on the Syrian people,” said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry while speaking in Brussels at the German Marshall Fund.

“We are not abandoning the pursuit of peace, we are not going to leave the multilateral field, and we are going to continue to try to find a way forward in order to end this war.”

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov echoed a similar tone.

“We are still hoping that the political wisdom will prevail,” he said, “and we will continue contacts on most sensitive issues that are necessary to maintain global peace and security in general.”





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