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US calls resumed Russian airstrikes in Syria 'violation of international law'

Updated: Nov 16, 2016 09:11 IST
Washington [USA], Nov. 16 (ANI): Condemning the renewed airstrikes in Easter Aleppo by Syrian ally Russia, the United States has called it a violation of international law.

State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said in a Tuesday press briefing, "We strongly condemn the resumption of airstrikes in Syria by the Russians as well as the Syrian regime. We believe it's a violation of international law."

She also said that the latest bombings targeted five hospitals and one mobile clinic.

Trudeau alleged that while on one hand, Moscow garnered praise from the international community; on the other hand it did not let aid and food reach the besieged city.

"Despite Russian claims that it halted airstrikes in the past month, Russia allowed no aid or food into east Aleppo; they let eastern Aleppo residents starve while seeking praise from the international community for halting indiscriminate strikes for three weeks", she said.

Moscow resumed airstrikes the day after Russian President Vladimir Putin called US President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory in the presidential elections.

An official statement from Russia said that the two leaders discussed "regulating the conflict in Syria" and the need to combat "international terrorism and extremism".

During the election campaign, US officials had accused Russia of attempting to interfere in the election in favour of Trump, by hacking Democratic party servers, a charge denied by Putin. (ANI)