Russia cautioned the U.S. on Oct. 1 against attacking Syrian government forces, saying that removing vital government components would create the opportunity for terrorists to take over, as government forces reclaimed an area on the outskirts of the northern city of Aleppo.
As quoted by Russian media outlets, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the U.S. moving against the Syrian army "will lead to terrible, tectonic consequences not only on the territory of this country but also in the region on the whole," according to The Associated Press.
If the U.S. implements regime change in Syria, then it will create a vacuum, Zakharova said, that will be "quickly filled" by "terrorists of all stripes."
Tensions between the U.S. and Russia have mounted since the U.S. suspended talks to broker a cease-fire in September, with both Russia and the U.S. blaming each other for the failure.
Meanwhile, Aleppo rebels in the eastern part of the city have cried out after four of eight running hospitals and a blood bank were damaged during a bombing that took place over the course of four days, notes Doctors Without Borders. One of those hospitals was hit twice on Oct. 1 and Oct. 3.
"The few remaining hospitals are collapsing under a flow of hundreds of wounded lying in agony on the floors of wards and corridors," Pablo Marco, DWB's operations manager in the Middle East, said on Oct. 5. "Doctors are performing brain and abdominal surgeries for the victims of bombing on the floors of the emergency rooms, for lack of available operating [theaters]. Russia and Syria must stop this carnage now."
The humanitarian organization has called for the Syrian government and allies to stop the "indiscriminate bombing" causing the deaths of many children and other civilians.
"Bombs are raining from Syria-led coalition planes and the whole of east Aleppo has become a giant kill box," said DWB's general operations manager Xisco Villalonga, according to AP. "The Syrian government must stop the indiscriminate bombing, and Russia as an indispensable political and military ally of Syria has the responsibility to exert the pressure to stop this."
Over the course of five days in late September, functioning hospitals in the area reported they received 278 dead bodies, of which 96 were children, and 822 wounded patients, including 221 or more children.