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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir gestures during a news conference after an extraordinary meeting of the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), in Riyadh January 9, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

Jeddah – Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said that genocides perpetrated in the city of Aleppo could be classified as “war crimes and crimes against humanity”.

During an emergency meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Thursday, Al-Jubeir stressed the Kingdom’s support to the Syrian people “who are facing collective genocide perpetrated by Bashar Al-Assad’s regime across the Syrian territories”.

The Saudi foreign minister welcomed the issuance of Security Council Resolution 2328, pertaining to the deployment of international observers in Aleppo to oversee the evacuation of civilians.

The emergency meeting’s final statement denounced the Syrian regime and its allies for “continuing to carry out criminal military operations and arbitrary use of aerial bombardment with barrels explosive and incendiary materials, and internationally proscribed weapons on residential areas.”

The ministers reiterated the commitment of the OIC member states to Syria’s sovereignty, independence, political unity and territorial integrity, expressing deep concern over the serious tragic developments in Aleppo due to the blatant aggression waged by the Syrian regime and its allies against unarmed civilians.

The meeting also condemned all arbitrary policies pursued by the Syrian regime to subjugate the people through the blockade, starvation and intimidation.

It described these massacres as war crimes and crimes against humanity, and serious violations of international conventions, international law and international humanitarian law.

The meeting reiterated its consistent position that the only solution to the Syrian crisis was the resumption of political negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations, according to the statement of Geneva (1) of 2012 and U.N. Security Council Resolution 2254 as the only reference for negotiations, with the participation of Syrian opposition representatives and the Syrian regime.

Diplomatic sources said that the foreign ministers of Iran, Iraq and Lebanon did not attend the emergency meeting on Syria.