Russian bombing in Syria displaces 120 000 - claim

2015-11-04 22:50
A Russian SU-24M jet fighter armed with laser guided bombs takes off from a runaway at Hmeimim airbase in Syria. (Alexander Kots, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Photo via AP)

A Russian SU-24M jet fighter armed with laser guided bombs takes off from a runaway at Hmeimim airbase in Syria. (Alexander Kots, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Photo via AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Washington - Syrian government offensives backed by Russian air strikes have displaced at least 120 000 people in the war-wracked country, a senior US official said on Wednesday, accusing Moscow of complicating the situation on the ground.

"Russia's military intervention has dangerously exacerbated an already complex environment," Anne Patterson, the US assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Patterson said the Russian air strikes have so far targeted moderate opponents to Syria's President Bashar Assad, killing civilians in attacks on civil defence crews, hospitals, centres for displaced persons and ambulances.

"So far, then, this has not been a Russian fight against terrorism so much as an effort to preserve the Assad regime," she said.

"Neither we nor the Russians know exactly what effect the Russian action will have over the military balance on the ground - the results so far have been mixed, as the opposition puts up a very strong fight," she said.

But she added that the United States should undertake a "full court press to end the war and get to a political settlement."

"Regardless of progress towards a political transition, it is our position that given its new involvement in the military situation, Russia has an even greater responsibility to stop immediately the regime's horrific practice of barrel bombing and use of chlorine gas against its population.

"The international community looks to Russia to take up that responsibility," she said.

Read more on:    us  |  russia  |  syria

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.