Samantha Power and Russia's UN Ambassador Trade Barbs Over Syrian Atrocities

‘Is there no execution of a child that gets under your skin? Is there literally nothing that shames you?’ The U.S. Ambassador slammed Assad, Iran and Russia before the UN Security Council.

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Ambassador Power's attack on Syria, Russia and Iran over deaths in Aleppo
Ambassador Power's attack on Syria, Russia and Iran over deaths in Aleppo.Credit: Screen grab

Syria's UN ambassador is hailing "the liberation of Aleppo" and rejecting allegations that his country's military has carried out revenge attacks and executions of civilians.

Bashar Ja'afari told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that Syrian forces have liberated civilians from "terrorists" who controlled eastern Aleppo.

The United States, Britain and France are accusing Syrian President Bashar Assad's government of committing atrocities against civilians in the rebel-held area.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said: "To the Assad regime, Russia and Iran -three member states behind the conquest of and carnage in Aleppo - you bear responsibility for these atrocities."

Ja'afari says that he "firmly and 100 percent" rejects allegations that Syria has been committing "acts of revenge, summary executions and terror" against civilians.

He says government forces are checking identities of people leaving Aleppo to weed out "terrorists" and foreign fighters and have discovered several dressed as women.

Russia's Ambassador to the UN quickly rejected Power's accusations and slammed her for her statement given the positions of the United States. "It was strange that the United States’ representative had delivered a statement like Mother Teresa, given that country’s political position," said Vitaly Churkin.  "I don't want to remind them [the U.S. and Britain] of their role in exacerbating the Syrian conflict and creating ISIS."

Russia's Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin responds to Samantha Power

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