U.S. condemns ongoing air assault by Syria

The U.S. recently condemned the ongoing air assault by the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime on civilians, according to the White House.

Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, made the statement about the Syrian air assault on December 23. Carney said the attacks, which included the indiscriminate use of Scud missiles and barrel bombs, were in violation of international humanitarian obligations.

"The attacks over the weekend killed more than 300 people, many of them children," Carney said. "The Syrian government must respect its obligations under international humanitarian law to protect the civilian population."

According to the White House, the Scud missile and barrel bomb attacks occurred in and around Aleppo in mid-December.

Carney said Syria must fulfill its November commitment to do more to facilitate the uninhibited delivery of humanitarian aid to millions of Syrian men, women and children. Carney also reiterated the U.S. commitment to achieving a political solution to end the Syrian conflict.

"To bring the suffering of the Syrian people to an end, it is imperative that Syrians reach a comprehensive and durable political solution to end the crisis in Syria," Carney said. "The United States remains committed to advancing a political settlement to help end the bloodshed in Syria."