E.U. Diplomats Issue 'Stern Warning' to Syria Combatants, Demand Ceasefire


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The European Union (E.U.) foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Thursday said “bombings and other attacks on civilians in northwest Syria must stop,” issuing a special “stern warning” backed by European crisis commissioner Janez Lenarčič and other diplomats.

Borrell said more than 500,000 people have been forced to flee their homes during the last two months alone, noting bombs are falling on densely-populated areas.

The E.U. noted it has already sent billions in aid to the area and is now seeking a response. Its statement warned in part:

More than 500,000 people have been forced to flee their homes during the last two months alone, and are facing harsh winter conditions without being able to cover basic needs for shelter, water, food or health services. Serious violations of international humanitarian law have become commonplace.

Through its humanitarian aid partners on the ground, the European Union has been providing emergency

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