- Title: Hundreds demonstrate in Berlin against Aleppo air strikes
- Date: 1st October 2016
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (English) SYRIAN ACTIVIST, MOHAMMED ABAJAR, SAYING: "Our demand is first to put pressure on the UN. Because the UN can play a better role in the Syrian conflict, in the Syrian revolution, to support people and instead of doing ethnic cleansing for places that started the revolution against the regime, the can actually support people so they have dignity and they can choose where to stay. And the role of the UN is, or for the German government is one of the biggest donors for the UN, and they can put pressure on the UN, we know it. So we want the UN, we want the German government and the German society to put pressure and to push toward that place." POLICE AND DEMONSTRATION VARIOUS OF DEMONSTRATORS HOLDING PLACARDS READING (English): 'FREE SYRIA FROM ASSAD' AND 'RUSSIA STOP BOMBING CIVILIANS!'
- Embargoed: 16th October 2016 17:18
- Keywords: Syria Aleppo air strikes demonstration Berlin
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA003526ADDZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hundreds of people gathered in Berlin on Saturday (October 1) to protest against a Syrian government offensive in Aleppo.
Russian war planes struck rebel-held areas north of Aleppo on Saturday as the army shelled the besieged old quarter in a major assault, rebels and a monitoring group said.
The latest strikes come 10 days into the Russian-backed operation to capture eastern Aleppo and crush the last urban stronghold of a revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that began in 2011.
Protesters in Berlin said they wanted the U.N. and the German government to support the Syrian people who were fighting against the Assad government.
The eastern, rebel-held part of Aleppo remains under siege, with around 250,000 civilians trapped there.
Hundreds of people, including dozens of children, have been reported killed since the onslaught began on September 22.
In a tense confrontation at the United Nations last weekend, the United States called Russia's bombing in support of Assad "barbarism", and said Russia was killing civilians, medical staff and aid workers.
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