World must not stand and watch Aleppo slaughter – Nicola Sturgeon

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 11:24 GMT, Dec 16, 2016 |

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the world cannot “stand back” in the face of “slaughter and destruction” in Aleppo. She said she supported more evacuation of the wounded, further discussion of humanitarian airdrops and a determination to prosecute any war crimes committed.
“I think each and every one of us finds the scenes we are witnessing on our television screens nightly at the moment from Aleppo to be heartbreaking and deeply, deeply distressing. “It’s very difficult in these circumstances for any of us to say exactly what can and should be done to resolve the situation, but we do know that the world cannot, on this occasion, as it has done so often in the past, continue to stand back while the scenes of slaughter and destruction happen before our very eyes,” said Sturgeon.

Scottish Labour MSP Anas Sarwar raised the issue in a moving speech, saying “humanity is dying before our eyes and the world looks on helpless”.

He said: “Looking at the scenes from Aleppo, I feel angry, broken, helpless and lost. “Angry that this can happen in our world, broken because I can only imagine if that was my children staying awake at night because of the sound of gunfire and explosions, or if it were my boys whose only hope in life was to stay alive.