Middle East

US, Western leaders calling for immediate Aleppo cease-fire

Smoke rises near Bustan al-Qasr crossing point in a government controlled area, during clashes with rebels in Aleppo, Syria December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki - RTSUPVF

Smoke rises near Bustan al-Qasr crossing point in a government controlled area, during clashes with rebels in Aleppo, Syria December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki - RTSUPVF

The leaders of the United States and five other Western powers are calling for an immediate cease-fire in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

President Barack Obama is joining with the leaders of Britain, Germany, Italy, France and Canada in a joint statement demanding that Syria's government address the humanitarian crisis by allowing U.N. aid in to eastern Aleppo.

They're accusing Russia of obstruction at the Security Council. The leaders say Russia and Iran claim to want to work toward a political solution but are unwilling.

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The statement comes as several Syrian rebel factions are proposing a five-day cease-fire in the eastern part of Aleppo to allow civilians to be evacuated.