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Pope Francis Appeals for Urgent Truce in Syria's Aleppo

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Wednesday, 12 Oct 2016 07:09 AM

Pope Francis is calling for an urgent cease-fire in Syria to evacuate civilians from what he called an "inhuman" assault on the besieged rebel-held part of the city of Aleppo.

Francis says he is particularly concerned about children "trapped under the cruel bombardments," which on Tuesday left at least 25 people dead, five of them children.

During his general audience on Wednesday, Francis says it's "with a sense of urgency that I renew my appeal: I'm begging with all my strength for those responsible to undertake an immediate cease-fire that is respected at least to give time to evacuate civilians."

The U.N. Security Council is deadlocked over how to respond to the Aleppo crisis, with Russia and the U.S. failing to agree on renewing a cease-fire. No assistance has entered Aleppo since July.

 

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Pope Francis is calling for an urgent cease-fire in Syria to evacuate civilians from what he called an inhuman assault on the besieged rebel-held part of the city of Aleppo.
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