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    A view taken with a drone shows the minaret of Osama Bin Zayed mosque along with damaged buildings in the old city of Aleppo, Syria, October 13, 2016

    Syrian Foreign Ministry Not Taking Seriously EU Criticism of Actions in Aleppo

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    Damascus does not take seriously the recent joint statement of the European Union foreign ministers saying that the Syrian army's actions in Aleppo could amount to war crimes, state media reported Wednesday citing a foreign ministry source.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Monday, the European Union accused the Syrian government and Russia of deliberately targeting civilian infrastructure in Syria's eastern Aleppo, as well as using banned weapons, which could amount to a war crime.

    "Syria watched disparagingly the statement issued by the European Union foreign ministers, and that Syria believes that misguiding public opinion and twisting fact isn’t becoming of some EU states which expressed more than once and on several occasions the ineffectiveness of the course followed by the EU regarding Syria," the source told the SANA news agency.

    Aleppo has been engulfed in a heavy fighting since the government forces began a major offensive on the rebel-held eastern districts of the city following the collapse of the ceasefire brokered by Russia and the United States in early September.

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