There was an emergency debate held in the House of Commons today on Aleppo, with Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood answering questions.Mr. Ellwood began with a statement on the latest developments in Aleppo, the latest being that Assad’s forces have been making inroads into Eastern Aleppo, where not one hospital is left standing. Airdrops. No aid is allowed into the city. The Russians have vetoed 5 UN Resolutions allowing aid. The British government, working with the UN, intends to appeal to the Syrians to allow air drops as part of a humanitarian effort. If we sent our aircraft to carry out air drops, that would be an act of war and the planes would be shot down.
Mr. Ellwood explained that air drops were tricky, because they could land in the wrong place, and end up in enemy hands. Transport trucks take food, medicines, etc. to the correct location.
However, the last time transport trucks attempted to do this, they were bombed by the Russians/or Assad and the care workers were all killed.
War crimes. Evidence of war crimes is being collected and the perpetrators will be held to account for their crimes.
British Aid for Aleppo. The aid committed by Britain totals £23 billion. £23 million of that has gone directly to the UN.
The deep concern felt by Mr. Ellwood was written all over his face. For his answers to the many questions on the situation, please click on the link in the first paragraph.
Putin. Communications with the Russians have been resumed. Boris Johnson’s plan to end the suffering is here.