Syria war: European Parliament urge Russia and Assad regime to stop shelling civilians

18:57 Oct. 6, 2016

European Parliament urge Russia and Assad regime to stop shelling civilians

Syrians inspect damaged buildings after airstrikes by government helicopters on the rebel-held Aleppo neighborhood of Mashhad, Syria, Tuesday Sept. 27, 2016 (AP Photo)

In a resolution voted on Thursday, European Parliament calls on all parties in the Syrian war, and especially Russia and the Assad regime, to stop bombing civilians

The parliamentarians condemned the recent attacks on hospitals and a humanitarian relief convoy and called on International Syria Support Group members to resume negotiations for a stable truce and an eventual peace deal in Syria.

The recent attack on a humanitarian relief convoy and a Red Crescent warehouse near Aleppo arguably constitutes a war crime, says the resolution. MEPs called for those guilty of committing such crimes to be held to account.  

Read more Turkish and rebel troops advance north of Aleppo, killing dozens IS militants (video)

They also called upon "all parties in the conflict, and especially Russia and Assad regime, to stop all attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including water and electrical infrastructure and to lift all sieges and to allow rapid, safe and unhindered access for humanitarian agencies to reach people in need".

Read more Rebels fight off Putin-Assad assault on Aleppo, hit Russian embassy in Damask (video)

The resolution urges all International Syria Support Group members "to resume negotiations to facilitate the establishment of a stable truce" and to find a lasting political settlement in Syria.  The EU should play "a more pronounced role in mediating a peace deal in Syria", it adds.

The resolution on Syria was passed by 508 votes to 50, with 56 abstentions.

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