Natasha Bertrand of Business Insider reports on Aleppo and the cease-fire deal that has been reached after summary executions and forced conscription.
"Pro-government forces in Syria are on the brink of fully recapturing the city of Aleppo from opposition forces, after a month of intense bombing accompanied by a ferocious ground offensive that has forced rebels and civilians into hiding.
Talks between Russia — an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad — and members of the opposition, aimed at establishing a cease-fire and evacuating civilians from the city, are being mediated by Turkish officials in Ankara." Read more...
People fleeing deeper into the remaining rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Monday. Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters
The quarter million civilians stuck inside Eastern Aleppo received flyers dropped by the Assad regime and their Russian allies, threatening to slaughter everyone who doesn't leave the area.
Over 100,000 children remain trapped in the middle of urban fighting and fears worsen as government forces close in on Eastern Aleppo. Banned munitions used by the regime, primarily napalm and chlorine, have resulted in dozens of civilian casualties over the weekend.
For the sixth day in a row, the rebel-held area of Syria's largest city saw the heaviest bombardement since the war began five years ago.
Airstrikes have devestated the last of the functioning hospitals, leaving hundreds of injured victims with nowhere to turn. A children's hospital was bombed while doctors inside treat the victims of a chemical weapons attack. The few doctors who are left work tirelessly to save as many lives as possible and they have been consistent targets by the Assad regime and his allies. With barely any food or medical suppllies left, the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet has become even more catastrophic.
While the international community has acknowledged the devastation in their statements, the people in Syria have ultimately been left alone to suffer the relentless attacks against men women and children.
The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2016 (H.R.5732) unanimously passed through the House of Representatives last week and has been referred to the Senate Foreign Relationship Comittee. This bill would require reports on human-rights violators in Syria, abuse of cross-border assistance, and the feasibility of a no-fly zone or safe zone over Syria.
Learn more about the bill here and help by asking your state senator to support this important and necessary piece of legislation!