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When will the ‘blame game’ in Aleppo end?

57e12b8fc46188a4178b45e4-1It is clear from the crisis in Syria over the past five years that no significant progress is being made to end the violence. In fact, matters have gotten increasingly worse. Despite a cease-fire being put in place between the Syrian government and the rebel groups (excluding Isil), attacks continue to inflict havoc in Syria. Just this past Monday an attack occurred in Aleppo, which is located in the northwest corner of Syria. A UN aid convoy carrying flour and other emergency supplies for 78,000 citizens in Aleppo was destroyed by a series of bombs. Residents described that “the bombs were falling like rain”. More than 20 people were killed. This attack is a major issue because it destroyed the cease fire causing the UN to suspend all aid convoys to Syria, a detrimental consequence for civilians. Fingers are being pointed at who is responsible for the attack; the US is blaming Russia and Assad while Russia is blaming rebel terrorist groups. Furthermore, Russia’s defense ministry referenced drone footage stating that terrorists were driving a truck carrying a heavy mortar alongside the convoy before it was bombed. However, monitors in Aleppo captured footage of more than 35 bomb strikes in the area. Innocent civilians are dying and no has the audacity to take responsibility and provide reparations.


One response to “When will the ‘blame game’ in Aleppo end?

  1. srisku September 22, 2016 at 10:32 am

    The disregard to the cease-fire and the continuing attacks on Aleppo negatively effects the civilians the most. Not only has the UN suspended all aid, but the Red Cross has as well. Some may argue that this is unjust to the people in need, but how else can the international community show the Syrian government and all groups involved in this war that the cease-fire must be honored? While the governments are blaming each other and rebel groups for the Aleppo attack, civilians including children are suffering. The Syrian government won’t even recognize that they are the cause for their own citizens suffering, nor will they do anything to help. The UN Secretary General at the General Assembly in New York this week stated that ‘many groups had killed innocents in Syria’ “but none more so than the government of Syria, which continues to barrel-bomb neighborhoods and systematically torture thousands of detainees.” The UN and Red Cross’ call to suspend aid in Syria is an effort to protect their own aid workers, but now whose job is it to look out for the citizens left in Syria?

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