WHO calls for safe routes to evacuate east Aleppo sick, wounded

The deal called for the entry of humanitarian aid, particularly to besieged areas like opposition-held Aleppo, and for rebels to distance themselves from jihadists such as Fateh al-Sham Front, the former Al-Qaeda affiliate once known as Al-Nusra Front.

The World Health Organization (WHO) called on Tuesday for dozens of sick and wounded people in the embattled eastern part of the Syrian city of Aleppo to be evacuated through safe corridors for treatment.

However, Russia has veto powers on the council to have protected Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's government by blocking several attempts at council action.

The additional aid announced on Tuesday would bring the total U.S. humanitarian spending for Syria to about $5.9bn (£4.5bn), the state department said.

Russian Federation has always been a steadfast ally of Damascus, entering the conflict militarily last September to bolster Assad against rebels backed by Gulf nations and much of the West.

"While Russian and Syrian regime aircraft bombed hospitals, markets, aid warehouses and other civilian targets, President Obama sent his intrepid but delusional secretary of State to tilt yet again at the windmill of cooperating with [Russian President] Vladimir Putin, even committing to share intelligence with Russia for coordinated military operations", he said.

Airstrikes on Aleppo on Monday killed at least six people, according to the Local Coordination Committees, an activist-run collective.

A truce deal hammered out by Russian Federation and the United States this month was meant to allow aid to be trucked into the east of the city.

The old quarter is home to the Umayyad Mosque, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Al Nusra and ISIS commanders have openly stated they are being armed and supported by the USA and their allies, as was recently showcased in an interview with German journalist Jürgen Todenhöferin. It also controls all of Homs and Hama, the third- and fourth-largest cities.




The United States says the assault on Aleppo is proof that President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and regional allies have abandoned an worldwide peace process to pursue victory on the battlefield after almost six years of civil war.

Quelling the uprising in the city would give Assad his biggest victory yet of the war and deliver a powerful blow to his enemies.

Russia's Foreign Ministry made public on Tuesday details of deals between Moscow and Washington for a nationwide cease-fire in Syria.

But Russia's representative, Vitaly Churkin, instead blamed his American counterparts for the return to fighting and insisted that Assad's forces had shown "admirable restraint".

The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group, which has thousands of gunmen in Syria fighting alongside Assad's troops, was quoted by Lebanese newspapers Tuesday as saying: "There are no solutions (for Syria) on the horizon".

"We can state without a doubt that over 90 per cent of the attacks Physicians for Human Rights has documented were carried out by Syrian Government forces or their allied Russian forces", said Elise Baker, the organisation's Syria research coordinator.

A senior rebel source said the army had taken some positions near that area, but had been forced to withdraw.

"The regime and its allies know very well the high price they will pay if they try to storm liberated Aleppo", said Yasser Alyousef, a spokesman for the group, referring to the rebel-held sector.

It was not possible to independently confirm any of the claims.

It was the fourth day of intense bombardment since a defiant Syrian regime launched a new assault to retake all of Aleppo following the collapse early last week of a short-lived ceasefire brokered by Moscow and Washington.

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