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Arab foreign ministers meet at the Arab League building in Cairo, Egypt, July 2014. (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa)

Cairo – The Arab League has called on the international community to intervene to stop bloodshed in northern Syria’s Aleppo city.

In a statement issued Saturday, the Arab League denounced the ongoing aerial bombardment of hospitals and civilians in Aleppo.

“The random airstrikes and barrel bomb attacks and the inhuman siege in eastern Aleppo are tantamount to war crimes,” the statement said.

It also described the humanitarian situation in eastern Aleppo as “unbearable”, and called for an immediate ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid into the city.

The Arab League Council at the level of permanent delegates convened on Tuesday at the request of Kuwait to discuss the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

A statement issued followed the meeting expressed the Council’s stance on the need to reach a political solution, as the only means to end the ongoing Syrian crisis.

The council expressed its deep concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Aleppo and other Syrian cities and called on the international community to deploy all possible efforts to implement a ceasefire.

It also urged humanitarian organizations to spare no effort in assisting the besieged residents.

The statement condemned heinous crimes perpetrated by terrorist organizations, such as ISIS and Al-Nusra Front, adding that the U.N. Security Council should assume its full responsibility in putting an end to the bloodshed in Syria.

The council stressed the leading role that should be assumed by the Arab League in resolving the Syrian crisis and other Arab conflicts.

Since Bashar al-Assad regime announced on Sept. 19 the end of a week-long truce sponsored by Washington and Moscow, Syrian and Russian warplanes have pounded opposition-held parts of Aleppo.

Scores of civilians have reportedly been killed and injured in the attacks, which remain ongoing.