Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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no escape for besieged aleppo

Syrian military shelling and airstrikes in the city of Aleppo landed near a bread distribution center and two hospitals Wednesday, killing seven people and putting at least one of the medical facilities completely out of service, activists and medics said.

hospitals bombed: Doctors Without Borders says the two hospitals bombed in rebel-held eastern Aleppo have been forced to halt all activities, leaving just two hospitals with the ability to carry out surgery in a city experiencing "a brutal and relentless onslaught from air and land."

toll on children: UNICEF says at least 96 children have been killed and more than 220 wounded in eastern Aleppo over the last five days. Justin Forsyth, deputy executive director of the U.N. children's agency, says the military onslaught has left children "trapped in a living nightmare."

What cease-fire? President Barack Obama's administration threatened Wednesday to suspend plans for coordinating counterterrorism strikes in Syria with Russia unless Moscow moves to stop its assault on Aleppo and restore a collapsed cease-fire. Secretary of State John Kerry, in a telephone call to his Russian counterpart, "made clear the United States and its partners hold Russia responsible for this situation.''

U.N. REACTION: Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the situation in rebel-held parts of Aleppo is worse than a "slaughterhouse" and implicitly accused Syria and Russia of war crimes.

Times wires

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