U.N. Secretary-General: “Credible reports” of civilians killed in Aleppo
Aleppo civilians killed by "intense bombing"
BEIRUT (AP) —
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says opposition forces control just 5 percent of eastern Aleppo and the U.N. has received “credible reports” of civilians killed by intense bombing and summary executions by pro-government forces.
He told an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Tuesday that the U.N. human rights chief has received reports of civilians, including women and children, in four neighborhoods being rounded up and killed.
Ban said it is “wishful thinking” to believe that military advances will solve Syria’s crisis, and called for an immediate end to violence by all sides.
Ban said negotiations are taking place among the parties for an evacuation deal facilitated by Russia and Turkey.
He says “we support these efforts and stand ready to help implement and oversee such an agreement, which we understand may now be imminent.”
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