ORIGINAL STORY: Syrian government forces are close to taking total control of Aleppo from rebels, and civilians are reportedly facing mass executions. The United Nations said Tuesday it had received reports of 82 civilians being shot on sight on Monday. Many were killed in their homes,
The U.N. was unable to confirm the casualty reports, but Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his concern in a statement.
Only one Aleppo neighborhood is still held by
rebel forces, and that last holdout seems doomed to fall soon, after four years of fighting with forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Humanitarian groups have pleaded for a safe passage for about 100,000 civilians trapped in the eastern half of Aleppo, once the most-populated city in Syria and the nation's commercial hub.
We're deeply frustrated, but we're not surprised by this lack of Russian and regime commitment to what should be a humane solution.
U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby
The United States and Russia have attempted to establish a ceasefire in the region, but have been unable to come to an agreement. On Sunday, they appeared close, but U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said the Russians imposed unacceptable delays and the deal fell through.
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