The US Permanent Representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, accused Russia and Iran of involvement in the extermination of the population and civil infrastructure in Aleppo by the Assad regime, directly calling it a war crime. She said this during a speech at the UN Security Council on the protection of human rights.
"Together with Russia and Iran, the Assad regime destroyed every hospital in Eastern Aleppo. Quarter of a million people were left to suffer, these are war crimes," the US representative said.
Assad's crimes are not limited to this, Hayley continued. Pro-government forces destroy entire residential quarters, and Syrian intelligence uses torture, including "deliberate and systemic torture of children" to obtain information.
The US representative also noted that these events led to the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War.
In this regard, the American diplomat drew the attention of the UN Security Council to these and other violations, as well as the need to focus efforts on ensuring human rights.