'Is there literally nothing that can shame you?': US ambassador Power attacks Russia, Assad over 'crimes' in Aleppo

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US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power directly confronted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies during a UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday with a fierce address.

"To the Assad regime, Russia, and Iran, your forces and proxies are carrying out these crimes, your barrel bombs and mortars and airstrikes have allowed the militia in Aleppo to encircle tens of thousands of civilians in your ever tightening noose," Power said.

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A young Syrian boy cries as he sits on the rubble after a missile fired by Syrian government forces hit a residential area in the Maghayir district in the old quarter of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on July 21, 2015. According to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights more than 35 homes were destroyed in the attack killing at least 18 civilians, adding that the death toll was likely to rise. AFP PHOTO / KARAM AL-MASRI (Photo credit should read KARAM AL-MASRI/AFP/Getty Images)
Syrians carry a body on a stretcher over the rubble after a missile fired by Syrian government forces hit a residential area in the Maghayir district in the old quarter of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on July 21, 2015. According to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights more than 35 homes were destroyed in the attack killing at least 18 civilians, adding that the death toll was likely to rise. AFP PHOTO / KARAM AL-MASRI (Photo credit should read KARAM AL-MASRI/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk past a damaged building in the al-Kalasa neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on July 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO / AMC / KHALED KHATEB (Photo credit should read KHALED KHATEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Syrians stand on the rubble of a destroyed building following a reportedly barrel bomb attack by Syrian government forces in an rebel-held area in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on July 8, 2015. More than 230,000 people have been killed in Syria since the country's conflict began in March 2011 . AFP PHOTO / AMC / ZEIN AL-RIFAI (Photo credit should read ZEIN AL-RIFAI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Syrian man carries the body of a child wrapped in a cloth after its been removed from under the rubble of destroyed buildings following reported airstrikes by government forces on the rebel-controlled part of Aleppo's Maadi residential district, on June 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO / KARAM AL-MASRI (Photo credit should read KARAM AL-MASRI/AFP/Getty Images)
A member of the Syrian Red Crescent rests at the Garage al-Hajz crossing in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Bustan al-Qasr district in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo ahead of a reported exchange operation between the Syrian regime and rebel group fighters on June 11, 2015. Arabic writting on the wall reads' Free Masons are those who stand behind Bashar [al-Assad]'.AFP PHOTO / KARAM AL-MASRI (Photo credit should read KARAM AL-MASRI/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke rises from buildings in the area of Tal Sharba following government air strikes on the outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on December 27, 2015, as government forces seized the area from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. AFP PHOTO / GEORGE OURFALIAN / AFP / GEORGE OURFALIAN (Photo credit should read GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - DECEMBER 25: A man runs away as flames rise after the war crafts belonging to the Russian army carried out airstrikes on two hospital in the Azaz town of Aleppo, Syria on December 25, 2015. (Photo by IHH/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - OCTOBER 13 : Wreckage of buildings are seen after Russian war crafts hit the Syrian opposition controlled town Hayan in Aleppo, Syria on October 13, 2015. (Photo by Ahmed Hasan Ubeyd/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - OCTOBER 13: A view of the attack site after Russian war crafts hit the Syrian opposition controlled town Daret Ezza in Aleppo, Syria on October 13, 2015. (Photo by Mamun Abu Omer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - MAY 14 : Smoke rises after US-led coalition forces hit Daesh targets in northern Aleppo, Syria on May 14, 2015. (Photo by Huseyin Nasir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - MAY 12: Members of al-Shamiyya Front fire artillery as they attack the western side of Sehba Dam which is under control of Daesh in northern Aleppo, Syria on May 12, 2015. (Photo by Huseyin Nasir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - MAY 12: Members of al-Shamiyya Front are seen before they attack the western side of Sehba Dam which is under control of Daesh in northern Aleppo, Syria on May 12, 2015. (Photo by Salih Mahmud Leyla/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - AUGUST 09: Smoke rises after Russian forces airstrike over opposition controlled cement plant located in southeast of Aleppo, Syria on August 09, 2016. (Photo by Beha El Halebi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - AUGUST 08: Members of the Syrian oppositions launch rocket attack to military headquarters at Assad Regime controlled Hamdaniya district of Aleppo, Syria on August 8, 2016. (Photo by Beha El Halebi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - JULY 26 : Syrians inspect the damage after Asad Regime forces' attack on opposition controlled Meshed region in Aleppo, Syria on July 26, 2016. (Photo by Mustafa Sultan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - JULY 17: Smoke rises after an ammunition depot belongs to Assad Regime forces, exploded due to an unknown reason at Sufayra district of Aleppo, Syria on July 17, 2016. (Photo by Muhammed Kurab/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People walk past a damaged barbershop in a government-controlled district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on May 21, 2016. In Syrias second city Aleppo, war-weary residents have replaced their fragile glass windows with nylon plastic. Because of the clashes, shelling and the sharp increase in the price of glass, residents across divided Aleppo no longer use glass. A square meter of glass costs 3,300 Syrian pounds now -- compared to 425 before the war began. But a meter of nylon plastic costs a maximum of 500 Syrian pounds. / AFP / GEORGE OURFALIAN / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY KARAM AL-MASRI AND AHMAD ABOUZEID (Photo credit should read GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Orphans children in a shelter in the city of Aleppo. Syria. (Photo by Eduardo Martins/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - APRIL 5 : Wreckage of a Syrian Regime Forces' warplane is seen after it has been shot down by the opposition forces in Aleppo's Ays district, Syria on April 5, 2016. (Photo by Firas Faham/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - APRIL 3: Smoke rises as the war-crafts belonging to the US-led coalition forces carry out airstrikes on Daesh terrorist organization's positions near the Tat village in Aleppo, Syria after Syrian opponents took control of three villages on April 3, 2016. (Photo by Huseyin Nasr/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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The UN Security Council meeting was called amid reports that pro-government forces, on the brink of fully recapturing the city of Aleppo from opposition fighters after a month of intense bombing and a ferocious ground offensive, had summarily executed dozens of civilians as they moved to clear rebel-held areas on Monday.

"It is your noose," she added. "Three member states of the UN contributing to a noose around civilians. It should shame you. Instead, by all appearances, it is emboldening you. You are plotting your next assault. Are you truly incapable of shame?"

Many of the civilians executed by pro-government forces were injured and awaiting treatment in the city's makeshift medical facilities, reports from the scene said. Others were trying to flee their homes.

It's "a complete meltdown of humanity," United Nations humanitarian spokesman Jens Laerke said.

The pro-government forces also reportedly set fire to a building used to house people who had been displaced in the fighting, with possibly more than 100 children trapped inside.

"Is there literally nothing that can shame you?" Powers said. "Is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child, that gets under your skin? That just creeps you out a little bit? Is there nothing you will not lie about, or justify?"

The Russian Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday that "tales" of hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in Aleppo were "Russophobic chatter" and that any civilians remaining in the city were being used by rebels as human shields.

The operation to take Aleppo back from the rebels was "successful and humane in every sense in regard to civilians," Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

Russia's envoy to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, said on Tuesday that "nobody is going to harm the civilians."

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TOPSHOT - EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, retrieve bodies from under the rubble of a building following a reported airstrike on September 23, 2016, on the al-Muasalat area in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Missiles rained down on rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo, causing widespread destruction that overwhelmed rescue teams, as the army prepared a ground offensive to retake the city. / AFP / THAER MOHAMMED (Photo credit should read THAER MOHAMMED/AFP/Getty Images)
A Syrian boy awaits treatment at a make-shift hospital following air strikes on rebel-held eastern areas of Aleppo on September 24, 2016. Heavy Syrian and Russian air strikes on rebel-held eastern areas of Aleppo city killed at least 25 civilians on Saturday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, overwhelming doctors and rescue workers. / AFP / KARAM AL-MASRI (Photo credit should read KARAM AL-MASRI/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, retrieve bodies from under the rubble of a building following a reported airstrike on September 23, 2016, on the al-Muasalat area in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Missiles rained down on rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo, causing widespread destruction that overwhelmed rescue teams, as the army prepared a ground offensive to retake the city. / AFP / THAER MOHAMMED (Photo credit should read THAER MOHAMMED/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, retrieve bodies from under the rubble of a building following a reported airstrike on September 23, 2016, on the al-Muasalat area in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Missiles rained down on rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo, causing widespread destruction that overwhelmed rescue teams, as the army prepared a ground offensive to retake the city. / AFP / THAER MOHAMMED (Photo credit should read THAER MOHAMMED/AFP/Getty Images)
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUALS COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY A civil defence member transports an injured girl into an ambulance after an airstrike in the rebel-controlled city of Idlib, Syria June 15, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah TEMPLATE OUT
Men inspect the damage after an airstrike on the rebel held al-Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria September 25, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail
ALEPPO, SYRIA - SEPTEMBER 26: A wounded kid is seen after Syrian and Russian army carried out an airstrike on residential area at Maadi town of Aleppo, Syria on September 26, 2016. (Photo by Jawad al Rifai/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A Syrian man carries the body of an infant retrieved from under the rubble of a building following a reported airstrike on September 23, 2016, on the al-Muasalat area in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Missiles rained down on rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo, causing widespread destruction that overwhelmed rescue teams, as the army prepared a ground offensive to retake the city. / AFP / THAER MOHAMMED (Photo credit should read THAER MOHAMMED/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A Syrian woman carries the body of her infant after he was retrieved from under the rubble of a building following a reported airstrike on September 23, 2016, on the al-Muasalat area in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Missiles rained down on rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo, causing widespread destruction that overwhelmed rescue teams, as the army prepared a ground offensive to retake the city. / AFP / THAER MOHAMMED (Photo credit should read THAER MOHAMMED/AFP/Getty Images)
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"The civilians, they can stay, they can go to safe places, they can take advantage of the humanitarian arrangements that are on the ground," he said, en route to the Security Council meeting. "Nobody is going to harm the civilians."

But Mouaz Moustafa, the executive director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force and political director of the nonprofit, pro-opposition organization United for a Free Syria, said that "horrendous war crimes" were being perpetrated against civilians as neighborhoods fell, one by one, to regime troops.

"And it's all being done with Russian aerial cover, including cluster bombs and barrel bombs," he told Business Insider on Monday.

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