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Switzerland: Eastern Aleppo could be ‘totally destroyed’ by Christmas – De Mistura02:56

Switzerland: Eastern Aleppo could be ‘totally destroyed’ by Christmas – De Mistura

Switzerland, Geneva
October 6, 2016 at 14:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

United Nations Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura warned that eastern Aleppo ‘may be totally destroyed’ by Christmas if the bombing of the area continues, during a speech at the International Syria Support Group’s Humanitarian Task Force meeting in Geneva, Thursday.

Speaking alongside the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland, de Mistura cautioned that “thousands of Syrian civilians, not terrorists, will be killed, and many of them wounded, and thousands and thousands of them may try to become refugees in order to escape of this,” adding “this is what you, we, the world will be seeing, when we will be trying to celebrate Christmas or the end of the year, if this [the bombing] continues at this rate and impeded.”

De Mistura also took the opportunity to directly address the ‘Al-Nusra Front,’ asking them to “tell those 275,000 people, that you're going to stay there, and that you remain there, and keep hostage of your refusal to leave the city, because 1,000 of you are deciding on the destiny of 275,000 civilians.” The Special Envoy to Syria then declared he would be willing to personally oversee the group’s evacuation from eastern Aleppo, saying “And if you did decide to leave in dignity, and with your weapons, to Idlib or anywhere you wanted to go, I personally am ready physically to accompany you.”

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United Nations Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura warned that eastern Aleppo ‘may be totally destroyed’ by Christmas if the bombing of the area continues, during a speech at the International Syria Support Group’s Humanitarian Task Force meeting in Geneva, Thursday.

Speaking alongside the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland, de Mistura cautioned that “thousands of Syrian civilians, not terrorists, will be killed, and many of them wounded, and thousands and thousands of them may try to become refugees in order to escape of this,” adding “this is what you, we, the world will be seeing, when we will be trying to celebrate Christmas or the end of the year, if this [the bombing] continues at this rate and impeded.”

De Mistura also took the opportunity to directly address the ‘Al-Nusra Front,’ asking them to “tell those 275,000 people, that you're going to stay there, and that you remain there, and keep hostage of your refusal to leave the city, because 1,000 of you are deciding on the destiny of 275,000 civilians.” The Special Envoy to Syria then declared he would be willing to personally oversee the group’s evacuation from eastern Aleppo, saying “And if you did decide to leave in dignity, and with your weapons, to Idlib or anywhere you wanted to go, I personally am ready physically to accompany you.”

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