U.N. envoy discusses ceasefire, aid with Syrian foreign minister: spokesman
U.N. mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura gestures during a news conference on the Syrian peace talks outside President Wilson hotel in Geneva, Switzerland February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

GENEVA: The U.N. Syria envoy met Syria’s foreign minister on Monday and discussed a cessation of hostilities, a resumption of peace talks this month, and the need for “unhindered” delivery of humanitarian aid to areas besieged by all parties, a U.N. spokesman said.

Staffan de Mistura held talks with Walid al-Moualem in Damascus and was due to meet him again later in the day, spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told a news briefing in Geneva, saying: “We are witnessing a degradation on the ground that cannot wait.”

U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville condemned the deadly air strikes on hospitals and schools in northern Syria on Monday, saying: “Clearly Syrian and Russian planes are very active in this area, they should know who is responsible …

“If it was deliberate, intentional targeting of those facilities, it could amount to a war crime,” Colville said.

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