No confirmation of atrocities in eastern Aleppo

TEHRAN, Dec. 14 (MNA) – Independent humanitarian organizations have not confirmed reports about atrocities committed in eastern Aleppo by the Syrian government troops, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday.

“Actually, I do not know any firsthand assessments of independent humanitarian organizations, which have their representatives in eastern Aleppo. None of them confirms reports about committed atrocities, kidnapping of service-aged people, who are escaping from eastern Aleppo,” Lavrov said.

On Tuesday, Rupert Colville, spokesman for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that the Syrian government forces had allegedly killed at least 82 civilians in their offensive on the militants-held districts of the city of Aleppo. On Monday, UN special envoy for Syria’s adviser Jan Egeland accused Russia and Syria of being responsible for alleged atrocities during the liberation of Aleppo. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed the allegations saying that Egeland had not mentioned the atrocities carried out by militant groups in Aleppo, evidencing that he was not aware of the situation on the ground.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Tuesday that the Syrian army was "humane in every sense in regard to civilians" in Aleppo and added that militants in eastern part of the city had used some 100,000 civilians as a shield.

SPUTNIK/MNA

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