Russia declares that the fight for Aleppo in Syria is over, but now government-friendly militia is accused of going from door to door to execute civilians or subject them to extensive atrocities.
As Russia on Tuesday declared that the war in war-torn Aleppo is over, subsequently the UN High Commissioner accuses the government-friendly militia for going from house to house, door to door and liquidate civilians in the former rebel-controlled parts of Aleppo.
100,000 civilians east of Aleppo are surrounded by militia groups that have sworn allegiance with Syrian president Assad. Many of them are Iranian Shite militia groups, while Aleppo is full of Sunni Muslims.
They are vulnerable to attack in the form of bombs and random executions, according to local humanitarian organizations.
- Our partner in the organization Masrrat reports that hundreds of civilians have been executed in the streets. We are extremely concerned for all our colleagues in Aleppo, said Secretary General of the Norwegian People's Aid, Per Nergaard.
He says that they have received "heartbreaking" calls for help from several organizations in the area, saying that they themselves and the civilian population fear, or have been subjected to extensive atrocities.
One instrument the regime allegedly is using to clean out remaining rebels and their supporters, are so-called "bunker busters." These bombs are designed to penetrate deep into the buildings structure and cause massive destruction.
- The worst humanitarian tragedy in the 21st century is taking place right before our eyes. Aleppo is experiencing its darkest days, said the French Ambassador François Delattre.
An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council was held Tuesday evening, where the theme was how to persuade Russia and Damascus to put down their weapons so that civilians could be saved instead of being executed or killed as a consequence of the fighting.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said a ceasefire in Aleppo must be in place quickly to bring in emergency aid to civilians.
- Aleppo is a humanitarian disaster that is only getting worse because of the renewed offensive by the Assad regime, with support from Russia. What is important now is to put in place a ceasefire as quickly as possible and then bring in emergency aid, says Stoltenberg.
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