The leading Sunni Muslim seat of learning in the world, Al-Azhar, on Saturday strongly denounced the recent "brutal" shelling of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, calling for a swift end to bloodshed in the war-torn country.
It called for urgent action from the global community and rights organisations to "stop the bloodshed" and save civilians who "fell prey to armed conflicts."
The leading Islamic authority also urged swift delivery of humanitarian and medical aid to the city's trapped residents.
More than 230 civilians have been killed in Aleppo over the past week as the government of Bashar Al-Assad has pounded rebel-held areas, with opposition forces replying in kind.
Aleppo was left out of a deal to freeze fighting despite international outrage over renewed violence in the northern Syrian city.
Fighting has also surged around Damascus, Homs and other areas over the past week.