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EU calls for immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Syria

July 28, 2016 11:33

The European Union called for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in and around Aleppo, Syria, Thursday morning.

"The recent closure of the last remaining supply route has turned Eastern Aleppo in Syria into a de-facto besieged area, cutting off around 300,000 people from any form of vital assistance," said High Representative of the EU Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Humanitarian aid and Crisis management Christos Styliandides.

"Since 7 July, neither aid staff nor supplies have been allowed to enter. The EU calls for an immediate humanitarian pause in fighting to ensure medical evacuations and the delivery of medicine, food and water from and into Eastern Aleppo as the humanitarian situation has deteriorated dramatically."

They went on to say, "The use of starvation of civilians through the besiegement of populated areas for which the regime bears the greatest responsibility, as a tactic of war, is contrary to international law."

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