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Aleppo bombing leaves just 30 doctors to care for 300,000

At least six people were killed after warplanes targeted people queuing for break at a bakery in eastern Aleppo today.

Two of the five trauma hospitals in the area were also hit by airstrikes, leaving just 30 doctors with six intensive care beds to look after 300,000 people.

With 400 dead in a week, the US is now threatening to suspend contact with Russia unless the bombing stops.

ITV News Correspondent Emma Murphy reports:

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Kerry threatens to end Syria talks with Russia over Aleppo

US Secretary of State John Kerry. Credit: PA

The US is threatening to cut off all contact with Moscow over Syria, unless Russian and Syrian government attacks on Aleppo end.

A spokesperson for the US Secretary of State said that Washington holds Moscow responsible for the situation in Syria, including the use of incendiary and bunker-buster bombs in an urban environment.

In a telephone call to Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, John Kerry expressed grave concern over attacks on hospitals, water supplies and other civilian infrastructure in Aleppo.

Mr Kerry told Mr Lavrov the US was preparing to "suspend US-Russia bilateral engagement on Syria", including on a proposed counter-terrorism partnership, "unless Russia takes immediate steps to end the assault on Aleppo" and restore a cease-fire.

Mr Lavrov replied that the US must separate opposition groups and terrorists in Syria.

Ban Ki-moon: Aleppo worse than slaughterhouse

The situation in Aleppo is worse than a slaughterhouse, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said.

Mr Ban's comments were made at a UN Security Council meeting just hours after Russian or Syrian warplanes bombed two hospitals in the besieged city.

A slaughterhouse is "more humane" than the current situation in Aleppo, he added.

Mr Ban continued: "Hospitals, clinics, ambulances and medical staff in Aleppo are under attack around the clock.

"According to Physicians for Human rights, 95% of medical personnel who were in Aleppo before the war have fled, been detained or killed.

"This is a war against Syrian health workers."

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