Aleppo: Assad Forces Execute 82 Civilians, 'Complete Meltdown of Humanity'

UN on Aleppo massacre: At least 11 women and 13 children 'caught and killed' by pro-government forces in a 'hellish corner' still held by opposition.

Children fill containers with water in a rebel-held besieged area of Aleppo, Syria December 10, 2016.
Abdalrhman Ismail, Reuters

At least 82 civilians in four different neighborhoods of eastern Aleppo have been killed by Syrian government troops and allied Iraqi militia, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Jens Laerke, UN humanitarian spokesman said that it looked like "a complete meltdown of humanity in Aleppo."

Rupert Colville, spokesman of the UN human rights office, voiced deep fear of retribution against thousands of civilians still believed to be holed up in a "hellish corner" of less than a square kilometer of opposition-held areas. 

"In all as of yesterday (Monday) evening we have received reports of pro-government forces killing least 82 civilians, including 11 women and 13 children, in 4 different neighborhoods," Colville told a news briefing, adding that there could be "many more."

"Civilians have paid a brutal price during this conflict and we are filled with the deepest foreboding for those who remain in this last hellish corner of opposition-held east Aleppo," he said. 

"While some reportedly managed to flee yesterday, some were reportedly caught and killed on the spot and others were arrested," he continued. "We have also been informed that pro-government forces have been entering civilian homes and killing those individuals found inside."