Syrian rebels are struggling to advance in an Aleppo offensive which has seen fierce combat with few gains.
In a move which looks to further complicate the civil war, rebels also threatened to take on local Kurdish militants.
Aleppo is pivitol to the course of the conflict which has taken at least 30,000 lives. Meanwhile the United Nations Human Rights Council has condemned gross violations by President Bashar al Assad’s forces.
“Assad continues to cling to power and his campaign of brutality has sparked a deepening humanitarian crisis. We cannot afford to be silent,” said Eileen Chamberlain, U.S Ambassador to the UN’s Human Rights Council.
However, the Syrian Ambassador Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui rejected a UN draft resolution, insisting it:
“Doesn’t reflect the reality on the ground and is based on accusations which are in many cases purely fictitious.”
He then referred to the main accusations surrounding the Houla massacre as one such example, insisting the government condemns any bloodshed.