- Syrian government forces have taken control of more than 90 percent of east Aleppo, as thousands of civilians are trapped in small sliver of the last remaining rebel-controlled areas
- Activists and civilians are sending ‘final messages’ via social media, calling on the international community to take action
- Dozens of protests are being called for outside the Syrian and Russian embassies across the world
AFP: Turkey to step up talks with Russia on Aleppo
Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday that Turkey will intensify talks with Russia and other countries for a ceasefire to end the “humanitarian tragedy” in Aleppo.
“Today, tomorrow, everyday, we will intensify our talks with Russia and other countries so we can find a solution to this humanitarian tragedy,” Cavusoglu said at a press conference with his Czech counterpart in Ankara.
Ankara has repeatedly called for Assad’s departure, accusing Damascus of massacres in Aleppo and elsewhere, but its criticism of Moscow has been notably muted.
UN: 82 civilians ‘shot on the spot’
Syrian pro-government forces have been entering homes in east Aleppo and killing civilians inside, the UN said at a press conference.
Speak from Geneva UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville described the situation in Aleppo as a “complete meltdown in humanity”. He said that of the 82 civilians reported shot, 11 were women and 13 were children.
“Yesterday evening, we received further deeply disturbing reports that numerous bodies were lying on the streets,” said Mr Colville.
Colville also added: “The residents were unable to retrieve them due to the intense bombardment and their fear of being shot on sight.”
Both the UN and the (ICRC) plead with Syrian and its ally Russia to end the bombardment and grant civilians living in the besieged area safe passage.
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GIF: Map showing how much land Syrian rebels have lost in east Aleppo
UN: Syrian government kill 82 civilians ‘on the spot’ in Aleppo
The UN said Syrian pro-government forces entered homes in east Aleppo and killed 82 civilians “on the spot”.
VIDEO: Foreign journalist trapped in Aleppo sends ‘last message’
American-born journalist Bilal Abdul-Kareem for On the Ground News sends a final message to the world as government forces edged closer to taking control of east Aleppo. Thanking his viewers Kareem said that “he may not be able to send messages as regime forces edged closer and closer” to his location. Speaking with bombs exploding in the background he said that if he is able to get out of the besieged areas that “OGN will continue to bring news from the ground that you can trust”.
VIDEO: Drone footage shows destruction of east Aleppo
Government troops take control of 98 percent of east Aleppo
Syrian military sources have said that government troops took control of more than 98 percent of rebel-held territory after days of fierce fighting. The announcement comes as thousands are reported to have fled their homes as neighbourhoods continue to fall from rebel control.