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Onslaught on Aleppo is 'demonic' says Archbishop of Canterbury

The onslaught on Aleppo is "demonic" and an act of "evil", the Archbishop of Canterbury has told ITV News.

Justin Welby said the "unspeakable" bombardment of trapped civilians in the city "compares with some of the great atrocities of the last century".

He said the situation felt hopeless, concluding that all sides had failed, in an interview with Julie Etchingham.

What is being done is evil both in the strict theological sense and the general sense.

It is demonic. It it is the absolute contempt for the human spirit, for the dignity of the human being.

It is the brushing aside of the poor and the weak and the fragile in a way that is as bad as anything we have seen in the last century.

– Archbishop of Canterbury
People search for survivors in the ruins after a strike on Aleppo Credit: Reuters

Archbishop Welby, who has repeatedly called for peace in Syria, said that it felt like a "helpless" situation as Syrian government troops and their Russian allies pound the rebel-held city after a failed ceasefire.

His comments come after experts said that Aleppo could be totally destroyed within just two months under the current rate of bombardment, which has seen previously bustling streets blasted into rubble.

The Archbishop today concluded that attempts to intervene by the UN had failed but there appeared to be no better way forward.

"If anyone knows anything better than by all means, lets get it going, but no one had found anything better," he said.