12/24/2013 02:42 EST | Updated 02/23/2014 05:59 EST

Baird Condemns Syrian Air Raids On Aleppo

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SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 06: In this handout image provided by Host Photo Agency, John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada arrives for a meeting with Russian Foreign Minster Sergei Lavrov in Constantine Palace at the G20 Summit on September 6, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Leaders of the G20 nations made progress on tightening up on multinational company tax avoidance, but remain divided over the Syrian conflict as they enter the final day of the Russian summit. (Photo by Alexey Maishev/Host Photo Agency via Getty Images)

OTTAWA - Canada is condemning Syrian government air raids in the northern city of Aleppo after the latest round on Tuesday left 15 people dead, including three children.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird issued a statement that condemned the ongoing barrage as appalling.

Tuesday's attack was part of a 10-day offensive by Syrian President Bashar Assad's air force on the city, which activists say has resulted in the deaths of 360 people.

Baird called the use of force deplorable, and urged rebels and government forces to allow emergency relief workers safe passage.

The U.S. and Britain also condemned the ongoing attacks on Monday.

The Syrian conflict has claimed 120,000 lives since March 2011.

"The appalling level of violence the Assad regime continues to inflict on the Syrian people will only stoke further violence and brutality on both sides of the conflict," Baird said.

"Canada's position has been clear: the only way to end the crisis in Syria is through a Syrian-led political transition. The Syrian people must believe that they have a place in a new, free, democratic and pluralistic Syria."

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