Aleppo civilians facing death plead, 'Oh God, help us'
Desperate Syrians trapped in besieged eastern Aleppo see death on their doorstep and are describing what may be their final moments in social media posts and telephone calls. "At home waiting for the inevitable fate that Allah wills," Salah Al-Ashkar, 28, said, his voice quaking as Syrian government forces moved in to reclaim the last portions of Aleppo held by rebel forces. "I can't see what is happening in street, but I hear bombs approaching," Salah Al-Ashkar, a graduate of the University of Aleppo, told USA TODAY. "There is no safe building left." Al-Ashkar said Syrian troops were executing civilians on the streets, including women and children, a claim others have reported to the United Nations and activists in Aleppo. Ref. USAToday.
The Syrian regime says it has taken full control of Aleppo, marking a major turning point in the nation's five-year civil war.
Syrian government forces and their allies are now in control of eastern Aleppo, ending more than four years of rebel rule in the area.
The government made significant territorial gains in eastern Aleppo after forces backed by airstrikes entered rebel-held areas in late November.
An estimated 400,000 Syrians have been killed and more than 4.81 million have fled the country since the war began in 2011, according to the United Nations. Ref. CNN.
Shortly before 7 a.m. On the first Tuesday in April, witnesses say government jets bombed a town in northern Syria. The strikes released a poisonous gas that killed 92 people.
Video of the aftermath, obtained by CNN, reveals the unsanitized view of what happened that day.
It’s difficult to watch children choking on what were likely their last breaths, but it’s important to understand the horror of a war crime.
The grief of those who survived cannot be erased. Perhaps the least we can do is to pay attention. Ref.
Yes, doing this to women and children is beyond the Pale. I don't like war. In fact, I hate it. It's the worst thing we can do to each other because of all the other atrocities that come with it. It brings out the absolute worst in us. That said, it's time we formed a coalition and bring this man to justice. No, we don't to use US ground troops, just some SF to stiffen the Arab nations I'm sure we could get and our air power to end this horror.
I was watching CNN when they released the footage of these people on the ground foaming from the mouth after the chemical strike. It would be hard for many to watch that if they were not used to some of that.
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Syrian Arab Army destroys more ISIS positions in Deir Ezzor. Syrian army units engaged in clashes with terrorist groups affiliated to ISIS on the southern axis of Deir Ezzor city, resulting in the death of a number of terrorists. Ref. Source 3r
Syria's third largest city Homs clear of opposition. Syria's government announced Sunday the country's third largest city Homs- once named the capital of the revolt against President Bashar Assad- had been cleared of armed opposition for the first time in more than five years. Ref. Source 5s.
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