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EU Warns Against Attacks on Civilian Infrastructure in Aleppo - Source

Sputnik News

00:20 09.12.2016

The European Union called on all the parties concerned not to attack civil infrastructure and to provide civilians with the opportunity to receive humanitarian relief after the shelling of Russian hospital in Aleppo, a EU representative told RIA Novosti Thursday.

BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – On Monday, the Russian mobile military hospital in Aleppo was shelled, allegedly by the Syrian opposition militants, killing two military medics and wounding another. Soon after the attack, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow regretted that the international community had shown a rather reserved reaction to the shelling.

"As far as we understand, those facts are being investigated. All parties to the conflict must abide by international law and refrain from indiscriminate attacks on civilians and civil infrastructure," the EU representative said, commenting on the incident.

The EU representative added that it was important to ensure humanitarian access to the Aleppo citizens as well as safe medical evacuation.

Over the recent months, Aleppo became a major battleground in Syria, which has been in the state of civil war since 2011. The battles around Aleppo involve government forces, jihadists, and numerous opposition groups. Eastern Aleppo is currently encircled by government troops, and the fighting has affected thousands of civilians still trapped in the city. The recent Damascus' offensive has resulted in liberation of large territories in the eastern part of Aleppo.


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