Britain and France are calling on the UN Security Council to hold an urgent meeting on Syria's contested city of Aleppo which has been engulfed in an intense wave of attacks.
Britain's UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon should brief the council on the situation in the city, which
was Syria's largest before the war, "as a matter of top priority." France's UN Ambassador Francois Delattre echoed the request.
"Aleppo is burning ... and its civilians are being killed," Rycroft told the council after members adopted a resolution demanding an end to attacks on hospitals and medical workers in Syria and other war zones.