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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Assad now has a license to kill

 


With the backing of Russia and China and massive support from Iran and Hezbollah, Bashar Al-Assad now has a license to kill innocent people. A British doctor who was on a humanitarian mission in Aleppo and detained by Assad’s forces lost his life after 13 months in detention and brutal torture. The Syrian regime has dropped barrel bombs in Aleppo and hundreds of civilians have lost their lives. Unfortunately, instead of saving the lives of millions of Syrians, the international community is more interested in the destruction of Assad’s chemical weapons. US Secretary of State John Kerry said that he is pleased with the cooperation of the Syrian government and is now working with Russia to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. It seem that the Assad regime is using the chemical weapons issue to extend its rule with the help of Russia and Iran. According to the UN’s latest estimates, more than 100,000 people have lost their lives during the last two years in the Syrian conflict. Due to the heavy use of air power, the scale of destruction is very high and in several areas, large buildings have been turned into rubble.

Due to fierce gun battles and the use of heavy weapons, three million people most of them women and children have been forced to leave their homes and flee to neighboring countries. A large number of people are living in refugee camps and are in need of the basic necessities of life. Due to the division in the UN Security Council, the UN is not able to create a no-fly zone in Syria. Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon have been badly affected. Jordan is hosting 2.5 million Syrian refugees equal to half of its own population. Lebanon is faced with internal division between pro and anti-Assad groups and many people have lost their lives due to fighting in several residential areas.

Khawaja Umer Farooq, Jeddah
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