UN: More than 80 civilians killed in Aleppo by pro-government forces in Syria

The United Nations is reporting more than 80 people in Aleppo have been “shot on sight” by pro-government Syrian forces as they move through the nation.

The BBC reported Tuesday morning that thousands of people are trapped in remaining neighborhoods in rebel-held areas.

Late last week, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross moved to evacuate civilians taking refuge in an Aleppo hospital.

The following statement was issued Monday by Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

“The Secretary-General is alarmed over reports of atrocities against a large number of civilians, including women and children, in recent hours in Aleppo.  While stressing that the United Nations is not able to independently verify these reports, the Secretary-General is conveying his grave concern to the relevant parties.  He has instructed his Special Envoy for Syria to follow up urgently with the parties concerned.

The United Nations underlines the obligation of all parties on the ground to protect civilians and abide by international humanitarian and human rights law.  This is particularly the responsibility of the Syrian Government and its allies.”