Russia, Assad and Iran asked 'Is there literally nothing that can shame you?' by US ambassador Samantha Power

'Is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child that gets under your skin?'

Samuel Osborne@SamuelOsborne93
Wednesday 14 December 2016 09:31
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Russia, Assad and Iran asked 'Is there literally nothing that can shame you' by US ambassador

The US Ambassador to the United Nations has accused the Syrian regime, Russia and Iran of carrying out barbaric "crimes" in Aleppo.

Addressing an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, Samantha Power said: "To the Assad regime, Russia and Iran, your forces and proxies are carrying out these crimes, your barrel bombs and mortars and air strikes have allowed the militia in Aleppo to encircle tens of thousands of civilians in your ever-tightening noose.

"It is your noose. Three member states of the UN contributing to a noose around civilians. It should shame you.

"Instead, by all appearances it is emboldening you. You are plotting your next assault."

She added: "Are you truly incapable of shame? Is there literally nothing that can shame you?

"Is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child that gets under your skin? That just creeps you out a little bit? It there nothing you will not lie about, or justify?"

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the emergency meeting he had received "credible reports" of civilians killed by pro-government forces as they swept into the last rebel areas in Aleppo.

The head of the UN's human rights office, Rupert Colville, had previously said that six different sources had confirmed 82 non-combatants were shot in four different neighbourhoods overnight on Monday.

A building with more than 100 children trapped inside was also allegedly attacked by pro-regime forces.

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Shelling resumed in the remaining rebel part of eastern Aleppo on Wednesday morning, despite a ceasefire deal intended to allow for the evacuation of rebel fighters and tens of thousands of civilians.

The Syrian army will resume its military opperations in the city, the Russian Defence Ministry said, blaming the rebels for infringing the fragile ceasefire.

Bashar al-Ja'afari, Syria's ambassador to the UN, denied any mass executions or revenge attacks, but said it was Syria's "constitutional right" to go after "terrorists," a reference to all opposition fighters.

"Aleppo has been liberated from terrorists and those who toyed with terrorism," he said. "Aleppo has returned to the nation."

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