UN Syria envoy says eastern Aleppo could be wipe out "by Christmas"

UN Syria envoy says eastern Aleppo could be wipe out  "by Christmas"The United Nations special envoy to Syria has said the besieged eastern part of Aleppo could be destroyed in a month's time, DW.

UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura in an interview published in Friday's "Süddeutsche Zeitung" newspaper was "very worried" about the future of east Aleppo.

In an interview to DW earlier this week, de Mistura repeated that if the bombing kept at the same level - "by Christmas, there would be no east Aleppo anymore."

UN special envoy said it was possible that Assad's forces would succeed in taking over the eastern rebel-occupied part of the city when it was almost destroyed, as the city has been torn between various rebel groups now.

In such a case, he said tens of thousands of refugees would make their way to Turkey.

Staffan de Mistura called for a compromise and warned of the potential guerilla warfare and car bombs unless the political solution is found, which he noted is unwanted for all the sides Russia included.

"That's why we believe that there must be a compromise for east Aleppo," he said.

"We saw that in Iraq. If there's no inclusive political approach, such groups will spring up again like mushrooms, fuelled by the disenfranchisement of the Sunnis and their feeling of being excluded," de Mistura said.
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