Pope Francis has decried the bombing of Aleppo in Syria, saying those responsible for killing civilians will have to answer to God.
Speaking at his public audience in St Peter’s Square in Rome, he called it “an already martyred city, where everybody is dying”.
Russian-backed Syrian government forces have launched a fierce campaign to take back rebel-held parts of Aleppo.
Airstrikes continued to hit the besieged northern city overnight.
Pope Francis urged all sides to “commit themselves with all their strength to protect civilians”.
“This is an imperative and urgent obligation. I appeal to the consciences of those responsible for the bombings, who will one day will have to account to God,” he said.
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