The United Nations Security Council has rejected two resolutions calling for an immediate cease-fire in the besieged northern city of Aleppo.
A resolution drafted by France and Spain that called for the grounding of all military flights as part of a cease-fire plan was vetoed on October 8 by Russia.
Later, a Russian-drafted alternative resolution, which called for a cease-fire but did not mention the grounding of military flights over Aleppo, failed to gain the minimum of nine votes needed for adoption by the 15-member council.
The Russian-drafted resolution received four votes of support, nine votes against it, and two abstentions.
Hundreds of civilians have been killed by Russian and Syrian government air strikes in rebel-held neighborhoods of Aleppo since a U.S. and Russia-brokered cease-fire broke down on September 19.
Washington has called for war crimes investigations against Russia and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime over the targeting of civilian areas in Aleppo.
Based on reporting by AP, AFP, Reuters, and Interfax