Tuesday, 13 December 2016

The Guardian: Reports of Aleppo civilians shot on the spot by pro-regime forces – UN

The Guardian: Reports of Aleppo civilians shot on the spot by pro-regime forces – UN


There are reports that pro-Syrian regime forces have been entering homes in the last remaining rebel strongholds in eastern Aleppo and killing civilians on the spot, the UN has said.

The UN’s human rights office said it had received reports 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.”

Unverified reports of extrajudicial killings by forces loyal to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, as well as mass detentions and arrests, have surfaced in recent days. In one image circulated by a pro-government parliamentarian, dozens of Syrian men and boys from east Aleppo stand in a detention camp in front of Syrian army soldiers.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were corpses abandoned in the streets with residents too terrified by the shelling to bury them. “Real massacres” were taking place in the city, the war monitor said.

Congratulations to all the MPs who opposed intervention in Syria. It probably made you feel very righteous.

USA, meet your new allies.

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