Syria: France submits draft UN resolution over Aleppo crisis

(CNN)France has submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council for an end to hostilities in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Thursday.

In a joint press conference in Moscow with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, Ayrault said the “situation is grave and serious” in the city. Regime forces took a key part of the rebel-held east on Thursday after weeks of bombardment.

    Lavrov said Russia was “ready to work on this text” as long as it doesn’t contradict any other UN resolutions or US-Russia ceasefire agreements.
    The announcement comes as the Syrian military continues its push into rebel-held eastern Aleppo, on Thursday gaining control of part of a key neighborhood on the front line, Syrian state media and a UK-based monitoring group said.

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    But the reprieve from the bombing came with a chilling message. “Anyone who does not make use of this available opportunity will meet their inevitable fate,” the Ministry of Defense warned Wednesday.
    “The General Command of the Armed Forces has accurate information on the locations of the gunmen and their warehouses in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo,” a ministry statement said.
    Many Aleppo residents have told CNN correspondents who visited earlier this year that they were hesitant to use corridors open for their evacuation, saying they had heard horror stories of people fleeing other cities through corridors and never being seen again.

    Missile threat

    On Thursday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told reporters that any missile or air strikes on the territory under control of the Syrian government would pose an “obvious threat to the Russian military.”
    “Most officers of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties currently work ‘on the ground,’ delivering humanitarian aid and conducting negotiations with heads of settlements and armed groups in most Syrian provinces,” he was quoted as saying by state-run news agency Tass.
    “I point out to all the ‘hotheads’ that following the September 17 coalition airstrike on the Syrian Army in Deir ez-Zor we took all necessary measures to exclude any similar ‘accidents’ happening to Russian forces in Syria.”
    Konashenkov added that the crews operating the Russian air defense systems would not have time to identify the origins of the air strikes and would respond immediately.

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