Aleppo children burned alive, civilians executed by Assad's forces -reports

Children in Aleppo were burned alive and civilians were executed on the spot by Russian-backed Syrian forces as the city fell, according to media reports.

(REUTERS / Omar Sanadiki)Buses are seen parked in Aleppo's government controlled area of Ramouseh, as they wait to evacuate civilians and rebels from eastern Aleppo, Syria December 15, 2016.

Aleppo finally fell into the hands of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces as they battled the rebels previously controlling the city. After reports surfaced about children being burned alive and civilians executed via firing squad, fears of a genocide have risen, the Mirror details.

The United Nations says Assad's forces shot 82 civilians on the spot. In a statement, spokesperson Rupert Colville conveyed their fear for the remaining civilians trapped in "hellish" Aleppo.

"We're filled with the deepest foreboding for those who remain in this last hellish corner ... Yesterday evening, we received further deeply disturbing reports that numerous bodies were lying on the streets," said Colville. "The residents were unable to retrieve them due to the intense bombardment and their fear of being shot on sight."

Mahmud Sheikh, an eyewitness, described to Turkish media firm Anadolu how Shia militia gunmen killed 67 men and burned nine children and four women in the districts of Firdaus and Kallasa. He also said they are not afraid anymore and that he no longer has to hide his identity, knowing they will all die anyway.

On Tuesday, a ceasefire was declared to allow rebel fighters and civilians to escape from eastern Aleppo. Buses were brought in to transport the people out of the city, but the evacuation came to a halt when the shelling resumed the following day, BBC reports.

The breakdown of the ceasefire deal was reportedly due to the government's demand to evacuate injured fighters and civilians trapped in towns surrounded by rebels. Russia, on the other hand, blames rebel forces for reportedly breaking the truce.

As of now, the rebels have lost 90 percent of the territory they previously held in Eastern Aleppo since Assad's forces launched their offensives last month. Around 8,000 civilians have already been evacuated from Aleppo, but there are still up to 100,000 people who are trapped and are begging the U.N. to help them.