Wednesday, 23 November 2016
A message from the people of Aleppo to the world
Dr. Hamza al-Khatib:
'Today marks the 91th day of the siege of the city of Aleppo. According to Aleppo city council statistics, 271,536 are stuck inside the east of Aleppo, over 2300 strikes including airstrikes, explosive barrels, artillery, cluster bombs, bunker-busters and bombs, loaded with chlorine gas have been documented just over the last 23 days. 8 hospitals and medical centers have been struck, 4 hospitals over the last week, 6 schools, 2 bakeries and civil defense HQ.
Both Russian and Syrian regime air-forces are intentionally targeting the civilian infrastructure in order to break people’s will, currently people have almost zero access to medical care, people are afraid to go to hospitals due to the intentional Russian and Syrian regime airstrikes. It has been almost 6 years and we are wondering what the world was doing… more than 500 000 people have died, how many hospitals or schools does it take to see real actions against war crimes in Syria? It can’t get more gruesome than this, we are in 2016, and 271,536 people are trapped in a besieged city facing death from bombardment and possibly very soon starvation, the dysfunctionality of the world is responsible for 500,000 deaths and those 271,536 trapped in the city, we wonder why do we have U.N, why do we have human rights laws?
This has been a slow-motion train wreck, and this message is from the people who lasted in Aleppo to the world, don’t look back years from now and wish that you could have done something, you can still do, we ask you to ground Assad air-force that’s killing us, or at least have some diplomatic leverage to force the Syria regime and Russia’s bombardment of the city of Aleppo to be stopped. We ask you to open a demilitarized humanitarian corridor for the people of Aleppo to revolutionary-held areas under the observation of the U.N only without the presence of any other groups or countries, a corridor that allows free movements of food, fuel, medicines and all merchandises for the civilian essential infrastructure inside eastern Aleppo, “water stations, electricity, hospitals, schools and civil defense”, facilitating both relief aid and trade movements. Revolutionary armed groups have agreed on allowing relief aid passage to eastern Aleppo, yet both the Syrian regime and Russia are refusing. If the international community won’t be able to open the previous mentioned corridor, or be able to convince the Syrian regime to pass the relief aid toward eastern Aleppo, we urge the world and the west specially to airdrop the humanitarian aid as there are already warplanes for the US-led collation in Syria not far from Aleppo city.
We are the people of eastern Aleppo and we emphasize that we have no problems with relief aid airdrop. The international community holds responsibility of any future consequences of Aleppo's besiegement. We are hoping that our voices will be heard, and Aleppo will be saved.'