Russian Foreign Ministry: “Calls to stop operation in Aleppo look like attempt to shelter terrorists”

The Russian Foreign Ministry says West keeps silent about shelling of a Russian hospital in Aleppo
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MOSCOW, December 5. /TASS/. London’s and Paris’ calls to stop the operation in Eastern Aleppo look like an attempt to shelter and spare terrorists they are ‘overseeing’ who are suffering defeat, the Russian foreign ministry said on Monday.

“Growing calls from a number of Western capitals to stop the counter-terrorist operation in Eastern Aleppo seem to be a desperate attempt to shelter and save terrorists and extremists they are ‘overseeing,’ or those who stop at nothing to reach their ill goals, who are now suffering defeat,” the ministry said. “It is they who continue to use civilians as a human shield, to shell and mine civil infrastructure, humanitarian corridors.”

“Following today’s discussion of a draft resolution on the situation in Syria at the United Nations Security Council, we would like to express bewilderment and profound indignation at Paris’ and London’s propaganda campaign over their alleged concerns over on-going combat operations in Eastern Aleppo, the situation with security of civilians and emergency relief aid deliveries,” the ministry said.

“Our ‘worried’ French and British colleagues cannot but know that such aid is already being delivered to Aleppo’s population and it is being done not in words but in real life by the Russian side, in particular by the Russian defense ministry, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria at Hmeimim and the Russian emergencies ministry,” the Russian foreign ministry stressed.

Hospital shelling

Russia has not heard from the West any statements condemning the shelling of a Russian hospital, this politicized approach should be abandoned, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

“We hear no words of condemnation from Western capitals,” the ministry said.

“We urge our partners to reject a politicized approach and to finally join efforts to curb the terrorist threat in Syria and to seek political ways for the settlement of the Syrian crisis instead of a non-constructive fanning of emotions in media,” it said.

Second Russian female doctor dies of wounds after Aleppo shelling

Earlier it was reported that a Russian female army medic was killed in a hospital shelling by militants of the opposition forces, while two other medics were wounded.
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MOSCOW, December 5. /TASS/. A second Russian woman medical worker has died of wounds in Aleppo after a local hospital came under shelling, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov has said, adding that doctors were trying hard to save the life of another injured colleague.

“A Russian woman military doctor, who suffered grave wounds when ‘opposition’ militants mounted an artillery attack on the emergency ward of the Defense Ministry’s hospital in Aleppo has died. Russian and Syrian doctors did their best trying to save her life. However, the grave wounds proved incompatible with life,” he said.

At the moment medics are struggling for the life of their gravely injured colleague – a children’s doctor.

“We demand from the global community, as well as from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Medecins sans Frontieres and other international organizations to resolutely condemn the intentional killing of Russian military medics, carrying out their duty of care to help civilians in Aleppo,” the major general said.

“This crime by gunmen from the so-called ‘opposition’ will be investigated. All perpetrators and contractors must bear adequate responsibility for the death of Russian medics,” he added.

Earlier on Monday the Russian Defense Ministry said one Russian medical worker had been killed and two others injured when “opposition” militants shelled a hospital. The Defense Ministry’s mobile hospital came under artillery attack between 12:21 and 12:30 Moscow time while the examination of local patients was in progress. The woman died when a mortar shell hit the hospital’s emergency ward.

Russian military medics from the Defense Ministry’s special purpose unit opened the hospital in Syria’s Aleppo to patients in the regained part of the city on Monday morning.