Syria’s permanent representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said on Tuesday that reports of crimes committed by the Syrian government in Aleppo aim at diverting attention from the achievements of the Syrian army.

Jaafari made the remarks in a speech at UN Security Council session on the situation in Aleppo.

Dismissing accusations of crimes committed by the Syrian government, Jaafari said, “What the Syrian government is carrying out in Aleppo and the rest of Syrian cities is a kind of a practice for its constitutional and legal duty, imposed on any government, in protecting its citizens from terrorism.

He went on to say that what the Syrian government has been doing is aimed at protecting the civilians and rescuing their lives.

Jaafari expressed disappointment at the UN, saying that the body is supposed to be a credible source of information, but instead issues statements and give judgments based on suspicious sources.

The Syrian envoy categorically denied reports of US, UK and French envoys that the Syrian government has targeted the Syrian citizens in Aleppo.

He also said that the continued conflict against the Syrian government, based on fabricated reports by intelligence of member states is “the top of hypocrisy”.

He added that those countries have deliberately “turned a blind eye to the practices of terrorists in Aleppo.”