UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the air strikes on rebel-held eastern Aleppo has caused nearly 500 deaths and food rations expected to run out by the end of the month in the city. The air strikes launched on September 22 have been the most sustained and intensive bombardments in which about 2,000 have been injured.
Since July 7, no UN aid convoy could have been able to enter Aleppo and food rations will run out by the end of October, deploring that hunger was being used as a weapon of war.
Russia this week declared a humanitarian pause in the assault on rebel-held eastern Aleppo, where more than 250,000 civilians have been under near-continuous siege since July.
Russia is backing the Syrian regime in its war against opposition fighters and jihadists. Canada’s foreign minister welcomed Russia’s decision to extend a ceasefire in Aleppo but said it was not enough to improve aid access and raise prospects for peace negotiations in Syria.