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U.N. council to vote on Aleppo truce resolution, faces Russian veto

Saturday, October 08, 2016 - 01:17

As explosions continue to rock Syria, the United Nations is preparing to vote on a draft resolution that demands an immediate end to air strikes and military flights over the Syrian city of Aleppo. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Rebel forces say they have driven out Islamic State from the village of Akhtrain, about 30 miles northeast of Aleppo City. The sound of gunfire is all to familiar in Syria... The United Nations Security Council will vote on Saturday on a draft resolution that urges Russia and the United States to adopt an immediate truce in the city of Aleppo. But Russia signaled it would veto the resolution, drafted by France and Spain. Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin: (SOUNDBITE) (English) RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS, VITALY CHURKIN, SAYING: "The French proposal is very hastily put together... it is unprecedented for the members of the council to ask a permanent member of the Security Council to limit its own activities." According to government officials, families from rebel controlled eastern Aleppo have sought shelter in the government controlled west. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces, backed by Russian war planes and Iranian support, have been battling to capture eastern Aleppo. The World Health Organization says at least 377 people have been killed there in the past two weeks. They say more needs to be done to help civilians... and the draft resolution demands the same.

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U.N. council to vote on Aleppo truce resolution, faces Russian veto

Saturday, October 08, 2016 - 01:17