France: Urgent for Russia, Iran to Stop Syria Bombings

PARIS (Reuters) -
A member of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) throws a bomb to check for more explosives at the site of Islamic State fighters’ last stand in the city of Raqqa, Syria, October 2017. (AP Photo/Asmaa Waguih)

France’s foreign ministry on Thursday condemned a series of bombing raids in rebel-held areas of Syria and called on Russia and Iran, as allies of the government, to urgently end the attacks and ensure humanitarian aid entered the regions.

“It is urgent that Russia and Iran, the guarantors of the Astana process and allies of the Damascus regime, make arrangements for the bombing to cease and for humanitarian assistance to arrive safely, completely and without hindrance to those who need it,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes Von der Muhll said in a statement.

She described attacks in Idlib province and eastern Ghouta as “unacceptable” saying that bombings that had targeted hospitals and civilians were a violation of international humanitarian law.