UN concerned about plight of civilians in Aleppo

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A young Syrian refugee with his brother in Jordan. The boys fled Syria with their parents. © UNHCR / S. Malkawi

As fighting continues in Syria's Aleppo city, the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) is voicing concern about the plight of civilians trapped there.

According to United Nations observers, heavy weapons and fighter planes have been used as government troops and opposition fighters battled to control the city.

UNSMIS Spokesperson Juliette Tuma says United Nations observers had to be temporarily relocated from Aleppo to Damascus as a result of the deterioration of the security situation.

"We are very concerned about the continued violence in Aleppo and the needs of people on the ground. We don't have updated information but the last we know is that there were shortages in fuel, there were shortages in bread and gas and also access to essential basic services."

Duration: 19"

The head of UNSMIS, Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye, has urged the Syrian Government and the opposition forces to open a dialogue and bring an end to the violence.

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