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A United Nations official speaking at an emergency meeting Wednesday warned that the besieged parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo are at immediate risk of becoming “one giant graveyard.” Stephen O’Brien, UN aid chief, spoke in blunt terms, saying calls and demands for an end to the violence in Syria over the last five years, “have largely gone ignored.” He called for protection of life and vital infrastructure, and the ability to safely deliver aid to residents. The UN has food at the ready for 150,000 people in western Aleppo, but safe passage must be allowed to the eastern enclave, O’Brien said. “Nowhere has the cruelty of this war been more grimly witnessed than in Aleppo,” said O’Brien. “Its people have been living in a long, terrifying nightmare reality, which no human being should endure.”

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