Saudi Arabia calls for end of carnage in Syria's Aleppo

December 17, 2016 22:33

DUBAI - Saudi Arabia, a powerful supporter of the Syrian rebels, called on Saturday for an immediate end to what it said were war crimes being committed by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad as they retake rebel-held parts of Aleppo.

"It is by far the worst humanitarian tragedy of the beginning of the 21st century unfolding before the international community's eyes," state news agency SPA quoted a foreign ministry official as saying.

"The horrific massacres perpetrated in Aleppo ... have amounted to war crimes against humanity," the official said.

The city had been divided between government and rebel areas in the nearly six-year-old civil war, but an advance by the Syrian army and its allies that began in mid-November deprived the insurgents of most of their territory in a matter of weeks.

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