- Category: Statement of others organizations
- Published on Monday, 26 December 2016 09:51
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We members of the Black Rose/Rosa Negra Rojava-Syria Solidarity Committee (BRRN-RSSC) in the strongest terms condemn the Bashar al-Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian allies for their recent conquest of Eastern Aleppo. This brutal defeat of the Aleppo rebels, who were both secular and Islamist, has entailed massively indiscriminate bombardment and besiegement by the Syrian regime and allied Russian and Iranian forces against a civilian population numbering 250,000 people over the past several months. On December 12, 2016, this ruthless “scorched-Earth” policy targeting Eastern Aleppo yielded a final defeat of the rebels there, in addition to an “agreement” supposedly stipulating their evacuation with families to secure areas. Credible reports nonetheless warn that, in numerous cases, Assad’s victorious forces and their allies have not observed these publicized truces since their capture of the remainder of the city: they are accused of forcibly disappearing hundreds of men and boys since taking over the remaining sections of former rebel presence within the millennia-old citadel. The defeat of those defending what was formerly known as “Free Aleppo” was prosecuted by the cruelest of methods, involving wanton destruction of human lives, especially those of children, by regime and Russian mass-aerial bombardment and artillery strikes of the rebel-held districts. The extensive atrocities of which the Syrian military and paramilitary forces stand accused of having committed in Eastern Aleppo are one with the Assad regime’s general modus operandi of despotic terror, which has led to an estimated 60,000 forcible disappearances since the beginning of the Syrian Revolution in March 2011.