PARIS Nov 29 French foreign affairs minister
Jean-Marc Ayrault called on Tuesday for an immediate United
Nations Security Council meeting to discuss the situation in the
Syrian city of Aleppo, which has been devastated by fighting.
"More than ever before, we need to urgently put in place
means to end the hostilities and to allow humanitarian aid to
get through unhindered," Ayrault said in a statement.
The Syrian army and its allies announced the capture of a
large swathe of eastern Aleppo from rebels on Monday in an
accelerating attack that threatens to crush the opposition in
its most important urban stronghold.
Capturing eastern Aleppo would be the biggest victory for
President Bashar al-Assad since the start of the uprising
against him in 2011, restoring his control over the whole city
apart from a Kurdish-held area that has not fought against him.
(Reporting by John Irish and Sudip Kar-Gupta; editing by Michel