Turkey: We cannot remain "spectator" in Syrian city of Aleppo


GRAPHIC CONTENT: The bodies of men killed during clashes between Syrian rebel fighters and government forces are seen lying on the road in Syria's restive northern city of Aleppo on July 26, 2012.



Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan said the international community cannot allow Syrian forces to continue its military build-up around the city of Aleppo.

Speaking at a joint news conference in London with British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Turkish leader said "There is a build-up in Aleppo and the recent statements, with respect to the use of weapons of mass destruction, are actions that we cannot remain an observer or spectator to."

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Reuters reported Erdogan said "steps need to be taken jointly within the United Nations Security Council, the Organization of Islamic Countries, the Arab League, and we must work together to try to overcome the situation."

Cameron echoed the sentiments saying there were "very real concerns" about "some truly appalling acts" by President Bashar al-Assad's forces in and around Aleppo, reported the BBC.

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has warned Assad not to use chemical weapons and there are reports that the town is on the verge of a massive military attack.

"This would be completely unacceptable," Cameron said, according to Reuters. "This regime needs to realize it is illegitimate, it is wrong and it needs to stop what it is doing,"

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