Aleppo conflict: Calls to spare lives as battle nears end


Source: BBC

The UN and Red Cross have appealed for civilians to be protected, as fighting in Syria’s Aleppo nears its end.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said people had “literally nowhere safe to run”.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced alarm “over reports of atrocities against a large number of civilians”.

Thousands of people are trapped in just a handful of rebel-held districts, which are facing intense bombardment as government troops advance.

Some residents have sent out messages saying they are crowded into abandoned apartments and rainy streets, unable to take shelter from the bombing, the New York Times reports.

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