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Eastern Aleppo could be destroyed by Christmas, warns UN envoy for Syria

Staffan de Mistura offers to go to city’s rebel-held east to escort Islamist fighters out if it could halt Russian and Syrian bombardment The whole of rebel-held eastern Aleppo could be destroyed by Christmas if the “cruel, constant” Russian-backed bombing of the Syrian city continues, the UN special envoy for Syria has warned. In a passionate personal appeal from Geneva on Thursday, Staffan de Mistura said the scale of human tragedy in the besieged part of the city was huge, and the world needed to avert “another Srebrenica, another Rwanda”.
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