One Year After Aleppo
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Iranian IRGC’s role in besieging and forcible displacement of the residents of East Aleppo
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Background from article written by Kareem Shaheen on Guardian on December 13, 2016
Children trapped in building under attack in Aleppo, doctor tells UN
Spokesman describes ‘complete meltdown of humanity’ as troops loyal to Syrian president close in on last opposition-held areas
Civilians caught inside rebel areas of Aleppo have few choices. Fleeing to the pro-government west is not one of them. Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told reporters on Tuesday there were reports that 82 civilians had been killed by pro-government forces the previous day – among them 11 women and 13 children.
Children are reportedly trapped inside a building under attack in besieged Aleppo, the UN’s children agency has said, amid reports that forces loyal to the regime of Bashar al-Assad are carrying out extrajudicial killings in areas of the city recently reclaimed from the Syrian opposition.
“According to alarming reports from a doctor in the city, many children, possibly more than 100, unaccompanied or separated from their families, are trapped in a building, under heavy attack in east Aleppo,” Unicef said in a statement. “We urge all parties to the conflict to allow the safe and immediate evacuation of all children.”
The UN’s human rights office said earlier there were reliable accounts that pro-Syrian regime forces have been entering homes in the last remaining rebel strongholds in eastern Aleppo and killing civilians on the spot.
Multiple sources told the UN that 82 civilians had been killed across four different neighbourhoods. “The reports we had are of people being shot in the street trying to flee and shot in their homes,” Rupert Colville, a UN spokesman, said. “There could be many more.”
Tens of thousands of civilians remain trapped in a shrinking patch of opposition territory in east Aleppo, weeks into an offensive led by Assad’s military and Iranian-backed militias, and supported by Russian airpower, that has brought them within reach of a key victory in the war.
People in east Aleppo, who have issued distress calls and appeals to the international community to rescue them from retribution, continued to post farewell messages overnight and into Tuesday morning, predicting they would either die by the ongoing bombardment or be tortured and killed if they surrendered.
“Please just tell our stories to the world, please let my son be proud of his father,” said one resident of east Aleppo in a text message.
A doctor described the situation as “beyond a tragedy”, with corpses in the street and people attempting to flee to government-held areas as a result of hunger and cold.
“We are besieged from all sides and death is coming from the air,” he said. “Remember that there was once a city called Aleppo that the world erased from the camp and from history. This is a farewell message [from a doctor] whose fate along with that of his companions is death or arrest at any moment.”
One resident said the airstrikes had subsided by Tuesday morning due to lower visibility and rain, offering a brief respite to civilians who were still on the move and seeking shelter in the rebel districts. Some of those attempting to find shelter away from the frontlines were carrying blood and IV drips as they marched through rebel-held districts, another resident said.
The Syrian army and its allies are in the “last moments before declaring victory” in Aleppo, a Syrian military source told Reuters, after rebel defences collapsed on Monday, leaving insurgents in a tiny, heavily bombarded pocket of ground.
عام بعد حلب
دور الحرس الثوري الايراني في حصار والنقل القسري لسكان حلب
الدكتورة فريدة: آخر طبيبة الولادة في حلب الشرقي
اسماعيل عبدالله: الدفاع المدني السوري في حلب
رامي زين: مصور واعلامي
منذر عتقي: مصور واعلامي
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