World Bulletin / News Desk
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the recent “barrel bomb” attacks by the Syrian government which killed hundreds of civilians in the city of Aleppo.
According to a written statement issued Friday, the UN chief expressed deep concerns over civilians being killed and wounded in the attacks on rebel-held parts of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo.
While preparations are under way for the Geneva-2, an international peace conference scheduled for January 22 with the aim of finding a political solution to the Syrian conflict, Ban also voiced his concern over the increasing violence, adding that it will only assist those who hope for a military solution in Syria.
During his statement, Ban requested that all the people detained and abducted due to the conflict be freed, and demanded an end to sieges as well as humanitarian access to those in need.
The Syrian National Council - an umbrella organization of Syrian opposition groups battling to topple President Bashar al-Assad - (SNC) reported Syrian regime forces have killed over 650 people in Aleppo in last 10 days in air strikes using "barrel bombs” - oil drums filled with explosives and metal shrapnel. According to the SNC, the death toll from "barrel bomb” attacks throughout Syria has reached 20 thousand people since the conflict began in March 2011.
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