As thousands flee the intense fighting around the Syrian city of Aleppo.
A diplomatic row has broken out at the UN in New York where the French ambassador to the United Nations slammed the Syrian government and its allies for scuppering the Geneva peace talks.
François Delattre, is the French Ambassador to the UN
“The Syrian regime and its allies have made no concessions. Quite the contrary, on the one hand the Syrian regime claims to discuss peace in Geneva, on the other hand it intensifies its military offensive against opposition groups with which it is supposed to discuss.”
Russia then took a swipe at the Syrian opposition groups and their backers.
Vitaly Churkin, is the Russian ambassador to the UN: “Those people who have encouraged the opposition to essentially walk out of the talks, who have been refusing our continued offers for them to arrange practical cooperation between us and them on the situation in Syria, they do not have much of a ground to criticise us. Moral or formal ground to criticise us.”
On the ground in Syria the situation continues to deteriorate as the violence increases.