After a summit in Brussels, European Council President Donald Tusk said the 28 leaders "strongly condemned the attacks by the Syrian regime and its allies, notably Russian Federation, on civilians in Aleppo".
"We can not begin safe, secure and voluntary evacuation of the sick and critically wounded and families", Jens Laerke, UN deputy spokesman for humanitarian affairs, told reporters at a briefing Friday in Geneva.
He told reporters in Geneva that the evacuations couldn't begin "because the necessary conditions were not in place to ensure safe, secure and voluntary" movement of people.
The U.N. wants to use the four-day pause to evacuate hundreds of sick and wounded from the besieged part of the city and to make food and aid deliveries, U.N. humanitarian spokesman Jens Laerke told a regular U.N. briefing.
"During the conversation with Van Meeuwen, First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov said that Moscow was puzzled by Belgium's ongoing denial of the fact that the Belgian Air Force carried out an airstrike that killed civilians on the outskirts of Aleppo on October 18 of this year", the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Moscow and Damascus have called on civilians to leave so that their offensive can focus on former Al-Qaeda affiliate the Fateh al-Sham Front and the recapture of east Aleppo.
An 11-hour unilateral ceasefire in Aleppo was "allowing civilians and those fighters who lay down their weapons to leave" the city, he said. "All our requests to the American colleagues to put the pressure on the so-called moderate opposition to persuade them to end the shelling, let civilians leave or leave themselves, have been left unanswered". More than 2,000 civilians have been wounded.
The pan-Arab Al-Mayadeen TV aired live footage on Friday from the Castello Road in Aleppo.
"We are seeing them massing around Aleppo and preparing for another breakthrough into the city's eastern neighborhoods", he said, adding that there were over 1,200 people, including more than 30 suicide bombers, in their ranks. "There are no guarantees".
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Wide receiver Rob Wheelwright (leg), fullback Alec Ingold (arm) and reserve offensive lineman Jon Dietzen (leg) are questionable. Coach Paul Chryst said "we don't need it to validate who we are or what we are or what we need to do, but we appreciate it".
Speaking by telephone, he said any evacuations should be coordinated with the United Nations in order for people to feel they can leave safely.
Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein did not specifically name Russian Federation, whose war planes have carried out weeks of air strikes on the rebel-held part of Aleppo along with the Syrian air force, but his reference was clear.
"For sure, the situation will get worse after this pause".
"This is the reality we face on the ground", he said. Unfortunately the U.N.is not ready to cooperate.
On Thursday, U.N. humanitarian aid official Jan Egeland said the U.N. had received the "green lights" for the evacuations from Syria's government, armed opposition groups and Russian Federation, which announced a pause in fighting in rebel-held eastern Aleppo.
Britain's resolution to launch the inquiry was adopted by 24 states in favour with 7 against, including Russian Federation and China, and 16 abstentions. The resolution largely reiterated previous ones by the council, but it called on the Commission of Inquiry on Syria to specifically investigate crimes in Aleppo and report back to the 47-member body.
A Syria monitoring group and a senior Kurdish commander say Turkish forces have kept up their bombing of areas controlled by Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria for the third straight day. He said one fighter was killed.
Since late August, Turkey has been carrying out an operation targeting both the Islamic State jihadist group and Syrian Kurdish fighters considered "terrorists" by Ankara.