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Lithuanian Minister Urges EU Sanctions Against Russia Over Aleppo Air Strikes

Rufina Vignone | 18 Ottobre, 2016, 00:04

Members of the Syrian Civil Defence, a search and rescue group also known as the White Helmets that operates in rebel-held areas across the country; say they are searching for more than a dozen people trapped under the rubble.

Russian aircraft and Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have been bombarding rebel-controlled districts of Aleppo since the collapse of an internationally-brokered ceasefire last month.

Since Sunday, airstrikes have killed at least 45 people in two neighborhoods in Aleppo, AMC said.

In response to the onslaught, the United States and Britain warned at the weekend that they were considering new economic sanctions against Syria and Russian Federation.

"We have been working hard with the United States within the framework of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), as well as on a bilateral basis in order to ensure a sustainable ceasefire and transition to a political settlement in Syria", said Yakovenko.

The British and French foreign ministers in Luxembourg Monday condemned Russia's air strikes on civilians in a rebel enclave in the Syrian town of Aleppo.

The EU is not considering sanctions against Russian Federation for its role in Syria but further measures against its ally Damascus are possible, the bloc's foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said Monday.

Mr Kerry is in London taking part in talks aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the Syria conflict.

Also Monday, Syrian state media claimed 49 rebels were killed and wounded in fighting in the neighborhoods of Sheikh Saeed and Shurfa on the southern edges of Aleppo.

Speaking after talks with U.S. secretary of state John Kerry and other allies in London, Mr Johnson said Britain and its allies must work with the diplomatic "tools we have".

According to Reuters, diplomats say a fresh ceasefire with an observation mission, a renewed push for peace talks, access for European Union aid and proposals for economic sanctions on some 20 Syrians suspected of directing attacks on civilians are all likely to be discussed.

She said "there are discussions for sure" pertaining to existing measures against the Syrian government, adding "that could be possible".

The deaths of the Kabes family were just the start of another bloody day in east Aleppo, where around 275,000 people are living under a siege imposed by Syrian regime forces and allied fighters from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon.

He said Russian Federation was working with other powers to achieve a peace deal for Aleppo, but that would take time, so in the meantime it had made a decision to initiate a humanitarian pause.

Dabiq holds crucial ideological importance for IS and its followers because of a Sunni prophecy that states it will be the site of an end-of-times battle between Christian forces and Muslims.

In August, Turkey invaded northern Syria to attack Islamic State and Kurdish militants.

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