The Destruction of Aleppo – Until When?
28 April 2016
By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
Syrian regime warplanes deliberately chose their targets; hospitals and
civilian neighbourhoods in their vicinity were bombed violently and did not
face resistance because residents are unable to defend themselves on the
ground due to the international embargo. The regime has repeatedly carried out
bombings in the last few days and has burdened rescue workers with searching
for living people under the rubble of buildings that were bombed.
The victims are doctors, nurses, aid workers and residents of the
neighbourhoods that were bombed. Most of them are women and children who were
unable to flee to the Turkish border nearby. The bombings have been going on
for several days and hundreds of civilians are dying in the city which was
left at the mercy of the Assad regime, its militia and Russian forces, at a
time when the international community stood by and watched, despite the fact
that Syria, and the city of Aleppo in particular, is supposed to be covered by
the ceasefire agreement that is one of the conditions for negotiations that
the United Nations sponsored!
Is it possible to commit all of these massacres every day, without the parties
sponsoring the Geneva negotiations taking any form of action except for making
worthless statements calling for calm?
What is happening to Aleppo is terrifying. It is supposed to push the
opposition to reject the false truce and the theatrical negotiations, just as
the massive destruction is supposed to provoke nations that have opposed the
killing of the Syrian people during the years of the unjust war.
It is inconceivable that the Gulf states keep quiet and compromise on what we
see as an unprecedented and dangerous escalation! The Syrian people have no
one after they were abandoned by the Turks, and the west which defines the
plight of 24 million Syrians only with the existence of ISIS.
Since the Russians entered the war, the city of Aleppo in particular has been
a target for destruction. It is considered the largest city in Syria and the
city that is targetted the most by the Syrian regime and the Russians. Other
cities are also being bombed continuously – Damascus, Ghouta, the countryside
of Latakia and others. However, international activity has been limited to
sending more military reinforcements to ISIS controlled areas.
The United States sent 150 soldiers to Al-Hasakah and the Turks are
threatening to enter the border to hunt down Kurdish rebels. As for the Syrian
people, they have been left at the mercy of the Assad regime's forces which
aim to destroy what remains of the neighborhoods of major cities. Aleppo has
become desolate, relief supplies have been cut off from it, and roads have
been blocked in the face of people who are trying to flee north to the Turkish
The United Nations did not honour its pledge that negotiations would take
place simultaneously with the ceasefire, and that aid workers would be allowed
to deliver aid. Rather, the massacres taking place during the days of the
truce have exceeded the massacres in the days of war. This confirms that the
negotiations are only trying to support the Syrian regime which has been
sustained by its Iranian and Russian allies, and that hopes to achieve what it
was unable to gain during the days of former armed confrontations.
Al Rashed is the general manager of Al -Arabiya television. He is also the
former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al- Awsat, and the leading Arabic weekly
magazine, Al Majalla. He is also a senior Columnist in the daily newspapers of
Al Madina and Al Bilad. He is a US post-graduate degree in mass
communications. He has been a guest on many TV current affairs programs. He is
currently based in Dubai.