February 20, 2018 / 1:56 PM / 10 months ago

U.N. Syria envoy sees risk of "second Aleppo" in Eastern Ghouta

U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura (C) looks on before the start of talks on Syria in Vienna on January 25, 2018. REUTERS/Alex Halada/Pool

GENEVA (Reuters) - The escalating battle for the besieged Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta could turn into a repeat of the battle for Aleppo, Syria’s second city which endured months of conflict at the end of 2016, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Tuesday.

“This has a risk of becoming a second Aleppo, and we have learned, I hope, lessons from that,” de Mistura told Reuters when asked to comment on the situation.

Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Alison Williams

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