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UK lawmaker says Aleppo bombing is modern-day Guernica

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson speaks  in the House of Commons, London in this image taken from TV Tuesday Oct. 11, 2016. Johnson said  “all the available evidence" points to Russian responsibility for the bombing of an aid convoy in Syria. Johnson told the House of Commons that Russia is “in danger of becoming a pariah nation” because of its actions in Syria. (PA via AP)

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson speaks in the House of Commons, London in this image taken from TV Tuesday Oct. 11, 2016. Johnson said “all the available evidence" points to Russian responsibility for the bombing of an aid convoy in Syria. Johnson told the House of Commons that Russia is “in danger of becoming a pariah nation” because of its actions in Syria. (PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A British lawmaker has compared Syrian and Russian airstrikes on Aleppo to the notorious bombing of civilians in Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.

Andrew Mitchell says an attack on a hospital is "an international war crime." He says "they are doing to Aleppo precisely what the Nazis did to Guernica." In 1937, German and Italian warplanes bombed the Basque town to aid Gen. Francisco Franco's fascist forces.

Conservative lawmaker Mitchell spoke at an emergency debate in the House of Commons Tuesday on what he called the "unfolding humanitarian catastrophe in Aleppo."

Hundreds have died in aerial attacks on the opposition-held part of Aleppo since the collapse last month of a short-lived cease-fire.

Mitchell said Russia should be made "a pariah" over its military support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.