Russia and China have vetoed a draft resolution at the UN Security Council that called for a seven-day ceasefire in Syria’s embattled city of Aleppo. Russia said the document infringed the council rule allowing countries 24 hours to consider the final wording.
The US dismissed this as a “made-up alibi”, saying Russia wanted to preserve recent military gains by Syrian government troops in Aleppo. The army are reported to have seized more parts of rebel-held east Aleppo.
If confirmed, that would mean the government had recaptured about 70% of the rebel-controlled area in just over a week. More than 100,000 people may be under siege in districts still under rebel control, where food supplies are exhausted and there are no functioning hospitals.(BBC,2016)