Aleppo is now a synonym for hell: UN Chief

The outgoing secretary of general of the United Nations has described the war-torn Syrian town of Aleppo as a "synonym for hell". He said, the world community has collectively failed the people of Syria. In his last press conference as the UN chief, he gave stark warnings about Syria and South Sudan. He said, "the carnage in Syria remains a gaping hole in the global conscience and South Sudan faces a risk of genocide as the country leaders have squandered a peace agreement."

Ban said, "Aleppo is now a synonym for hell", bidding farewell to the UN press corps. "We have collectively failed the people of Syria. Peace will only prevail when it is accompanied by compassion, justice and accountability for the abominable crimes we have seen," Ban said. On another front, he noted that this week will mark the third year of conflict in South Sudan, and he deplored that "the country's leaders have betrayed their people's trust, and squandered a peace agreement." "Most immediately, my Special Adviser (on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng) has warned of the risk of genocide," he said, urging the UN Security Council to take more concerted action, including through punitive measures.

Ban will end his 10-year service as the world's top diplomat on December 31, handing over the helm of the UN to his successor Antonio Guterres.  He said: "This has been a decade of unceasing test but I have also seen collective action change millions of lives for the better," Ban said. As the Syria crisis enters its sixth year, civilians continue to bear the brunt of a conflict marked by unparalleled suffering, destruction and disregard for human life. Ban’s comments echoes his frustrations at the UN Security Council’s total failure to pass resolution condemning atrocities in Aleppo due to the veto by the Russians who are bombing the city of nearly 3 million people supporting the Assad regime.

It is now understood that a m new ceasefire deal to evacuate tens of thousands of Syrian opposition fighters and civilians from the remaining rebel-held eastern Aleppo has been reached.  According to Al Jazeera sources, the deal would allow for the complete.