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France calls for emergency meeting of UN Security Council on Aleppo

George Ourfalian, AFP | Pro-government Syrian forces inside eastern Aleppo on 13 December, 2016

France on Tuesday requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to address the crisis in Aleppo, the French ambassador said.

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Britain joined France in requesting the meeting as a Syrian military source warned that the last rebel pocket in Aleppo could fall "at any moment".

The meeting, expected to be held later today, would discuss measures to confront "the worst humanitarian tragedy of the 21st century unfolding before our eyes," Francois Delattre, the French ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters.

Reports of civilian atrocities in Aleppo

The UN human rights office cited reports that at least 82 people had been killed on the streets while fleeing or in their homes in four different neighbourhoods in the last few days.

A Syrian military source said that the Syrian army and its allies had taken full control of all Aleppo districts abandoned by rebels during their retreat from the city.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said Syria must allow monitoring of its treatment of people fleeing eastern Aleppo, including those detained.

"The crushing of Aleppo, the immeasurably terrifying toll on its people, the bloodshed, the wanton slaughter of men, women and children, the destruction - and we are nowhere near the end of this cruel conflict," Zeid said in a statement.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)

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