NEW YORK, 8th October, 2016 (WAM) — Russia on Saturday vetoed a United Nations draft resolution demanding an end to the bombing of Syria’s war-battered city of Aleppo, despite an appeal from France to save the city from destruction.

It was the fifth time that Moscow used its veto to block UN action to end the five-year war in Syria, which has claimed 300,000 lives.

The draft text presented by France won 11 votes in favor in the 15-member Security Council, but there were two votes against — including Russia — and two abstentions, notably from veto-holder China, according to AFP.

Russia and Venezuela voted against the French text, while China and Angola abstained.

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