HNC calls for UN meeting to discuss Aleppo offensive

HNC calls for UN meeting to discuss Aleppo offensive

Syrian High Negotiations Committee (HNC) on Wednesday called on UN Security Council to hold an extraordinary session to discuss the situation in Syria’s besieged city of Aleppo.

The HNC demanded the siege on Aleppo to be lifted, the protection of civilians, and the protection of medical institutions from indiscriminate aerial bombardment.

The General Coordinator of the HNC, Riyad Hijab, requested in a statement, which Orient Net obtained a copy of, to hold a UN Security Council extraordinary session in order to discuss the situation in Aleppo.

Hijab, in a letter sent to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, called on member states to protect civilians by taking tangible measures to stop the indiscriminate air strikes across Syria, and putting an end to the deliberate targeting of medical institutions and staff.

Hijab appealed to the UN to break the siege laid by Assad forces in many Syrian areas with Aleppo on the top of the list. He called for guaranteeing the consistent delivery of humanitarian aid to Aleppo and to all besieged areas in Syria, highlighting the need to end the issue of “getting away without punishment” by holding accountable those who were responsible for war crimes.

Meanwhile, the National Council of Aleppo City declared the state of emergency after Assad terrorists have completely besieged the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo.

The Assad regime said that pro-government forces have cut off all supply routes into the eastern, rebel-held part of Aleppo in the country’s north.

More than 300,000 people have become under a crippling siege since there are no land roads to link the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo with is countryside.

Assad regime’s and Russian airstrikes in Aleppo have killed dozens of people in the past few days, according to activists and a monitor.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that Syrian government helicopters targeted the al-Mashhad neighborhood in the rebel-held half of the city, killing at least 18 people.

More than 42 civilians were reportedly killed and dozens more wounded in air strikes launched by the Syrian government in al-Atareb, a city in the northern Aleppo province.

Assad regime’s airstrikes have put four makeshift hospitals and a local blood bank in Aleppo out of action on Sunday, in addition to airstrikes on several neighborhoods in Aleppo, according to local rescue workers and a monitor.