10:17 Nov. 4, 2016
While the limbs are artificial, protesters emphasize human suffering and deaths in Syria are real
Hundreds of artificial limbs blocked the entrance to the Russian Embassy in London on Thursday as members of the Syria Campaign group protested Moscow's airstrikes in Syria's largest city of Aleppo.
Protesters said the body parts represented the suffering of the Syrian people, and called on Russia to stop committing atrocities.
Two activists also chained themselves to the embassy gates.
In a statement, the Russian embassy said it was "deeply concerned" about the unwillingness of the UK government to "ensure security and unhindered operation of the Russian diplomatic mission in London".
It added that as a result of an "unauthorised" protest the mission staff and visitors were unable to enter the premises while "police officers remained indifferent in the face of the openly provocative and disorderly conduct of the demonstrators."
The Russian diplomatic mission accused British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of "encouraging" the protest, and slammed "some British officilas" for an ongoing "anti-Russian campaign in the media."
Bissan Fakih from the Syria Campaign said activists wanted to highlight that Russian warplanes "are killing so many families" and that the bombing "needs to stop".
About 250,000 civilians remain trapped in the besieged city, enduring food and water shortages, scant medical capacity and bombing.
Based on reporting by BCC