Baird condemns Syrian air raids on Aleppo as Assad forces continue offensive - InfoNews

Current Conditions

Sunny
-1.0°C

Baird condemns Syrian air raids on Aleppo as Assad forces continue offensive

In this Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC, A Syrian man mourns as he sits in the rubble of buildings following a Syrian government airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP
December 24, 2013 - 11:42 AM

OTTAWA - Canada is condemning Syrian government air raids in the northern city of Aleppo after the latest round on Tuesday left 15 people dead, including three children.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird issued a statement that condemned the ongoing barrage as appalling.

Tuesday's attack was part of a 10-day offensive by Syrian President Bashar Assad's air force on the city, which activists say has resulted in the deaths of 360 people.

Baird called the use of force deplorable, and urged rebels and government forces to allow emergency relief workers safe passage.

The U.S. and Britain also condemned the ongoing attacks on Monday.

The Syrian conflict has claimed 120,000 lives since March 2011.

"The appalling level of violence the Assad regime continues to inflict on the Syrian people will only stoke further violence and brutality on both sides of the conflict," Baird said.

"Canada's position has been clear: the only way to end the crisis in Syria is through a Syrian-led political transition. The Syrian people must believe that they have a place in a new, free, democratic and pluralistic Syria."

News from © The Canadian Press, 2013
The Canadian Press

  • Popular kamloops News
  • Comments
  • Fatburger franchise location for sale in Kamloops
    There's a chance Kamloops could be home to a Fatburger restaurant. A Fatburger franchise location is for sale in the city, according to a listing on businessnesforsale.com. The n
  • New mountain highway proposed between Red Deer and Kamloops
    An Alberta development group is pitching the idea of a new highway linking central Alberta to B.C. cutting through the mountains and a section of Banff National Park. The Central Alberta Eco
  • Kamloops firefighter back at work after co-workers saved his life
    Four months after his co-workers saved his life, a Kamloops firefighter is back at work. Mike Silva has been working with Kamloops Fire Rescue for 15 years and was enjoying some time off in
  • Pier 1 closing all of its stores in Canada
    Pier 1 Imports, Inc. announced today that it has entered into bankruptcy protection and is pursuing a sale. The retailer  commenced voluntary Chapter 11 proceedings in the U.S. Bankrupt
  • Vernon family captures mesmerizing melting ice
    A Vernon family was on their way home from Kelowna when they made a pit stop after noticing a beautiful scene along Wood Lake. Matthew Royal and his daughters noticed how “cool”
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile