U.N. chief warns of unprecedented ’catastrophe’ in Syria’s Aleppo - Reuters

Orient Net - Reuters 2016-08-17 04:34:00

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday of an unprecedented "humanitarian catastrophe" in Syria’s Aleppo and urged Russia and the US to quickly reach a deal on a ceasefire in the city and elsewhere in the country.

Fighting for control of Aleppo has intensified in recent weeks causing hundreds of deaths and depriving many civilians of power, water and vital supplies.

"In Aleppo we risk seeing a humanitarian catastrophe unprecedented in the over five years of bloodshed and suffering in the Syrian conflict," Ban told the U.N. Security Council in his latest monthly report on aid access, Reuters reported.

"The fight for territory and resources is being undertaken through indiscriminate attacks on residential areas, including through the use of barrel bombs, killing hundreds of civilians, including dozens of children," Ban said in the U.N. report.