The Syrian regime has begun a massive ground assault on Aleppo on Tuesday. The assault – which has brought about the end of the weeklong ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia – is the biggest campaign yet, has focused on Aleppo’s Old City and several of the main entryways into the city.
In response the US government has said that the regime – and its Russian backers – are guilty of “barbarism”, while The World Health Organization has demanded an
immediate establishment of humanitarian routes to evacuate sick and wounded
State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, told reporters,
What’s happening in Aleppo is unacceptable… we cannot look at what is happening and simply turn away and pretend that there is still a credible cessation of hostilities in place.
The regime forces include Syrian army units as well as fighters from Iran and Iraq as well as Lebanon.
Only about 30 doctors are left in opposition-controlled parts of the city, while it is estimated that more than a quarter of a million civilians are trapped under siege there.