Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Darragh O’Brien TD has said he is appalled by reports emerging from Syria that civilians have been ‘shot on the spot’ in Aleppo by pro-Government forces.

“Reports are emerging that civilians are effectively being executed in Easter Aleppo. This conflict has resulted in the most unspeakable atrocities and today’s reports are further evidence of the brutality of this war,” he added.

“The international community must do all it can to try broker an agreement between forces loyal to the Syrian regime and the opposition to facilitate evacuations. Thousands of people remain trapped in Eastern Aleppo, the humanitarian situation is dire and the death toll is rising on a daily basis.

“We must urge all sides in this conflict to fulfil their obligation to protect civilians and those found to be using indiscriminate acts of violence must face very serious repercussions.

“Aleppo and its people are being devastated before our eyes and more must be done to create a safe passage for those fleeing the ravages of this horrifying war.”