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France says Syria airstrikes amount to 'war crimes'
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A member of the "Liwaa al-Sultan Mrad" brigade, operating under the Free Syrian Army, holds his weapon as he looks into the sky in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha district December 19, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat
A member of the "Liwaa al-Sultan Mrad" brigade, operating under the Free Syrian Army, holds his weapon as he looks into the sky in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha district December 19, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat
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PARIS: France on Friday said indiscriminate airstrikes by Syrian government forces on the city of Aleppo amounted to war crimes and called for a halt to such attacks.

The Doctors Without Borders medical charity says at least 189 people have been killed and nearly 900 wounded in the Aleppo bombings since Sunday, which come ahead of scheduled peace talks in Geneva next month.

"France condemns the bombings in Aleppo by the regime of (President) Bashar al-Assad, including the use of barrel bombs," foreign ministry deputy spokesman Vincent Floreani said.

"These attacks against the civilian population are unacceptable. They constitute war crimes," he said.

"The Syrian regime must put an end to them."

Washington tried to push through a US-drafted UN Security Council statement condemning the heightened offensive on Aleppo, including the use of Scud missiles and barrel bombs, but it was blocked by Russia.

Russia has strongly defended Assad from Security Council action during the 33-month-old war in which the UN says well over 100,000 people have been killed.

 
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