Assad pushes Aleppo onslaught as UN warns of publicity

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2016, file photo, civilians walk with containers for fuel and water in Aleppo, Syria. Syrian rescue worker says three civilians, a mother and two children, died in a suspected chlorine gas attack on an opposition-held district in the city of Aleppo. The report, which was posted online on Thursday, Aug. 11, could not be independently verified and it was not clear how it was determined that chlorine gas was released. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP, File)

Syria’s regime is continuing to shell rebel-held districts in Aleppo.

Government forces continue to shell eastern Aleppo despite Russia’s claim that the regime’s army would suspend combat operations to allow for the evacuation of civilians from besieged districts.

At least 40,000 displaced people have moved to government-held western Aleppo in recent weeks, according to estimates by the United Nations, though other agencies have given figures twice as high.

They join more than 400,000 displaced people already in western Aleppo.

Not peace

Early Friday, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura called for a return to negotiations after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said forces aligned with Syria’s dictator, Bashar al-Assad, had halted their onslaught on rebel-held eastern Aleppo.

Combat operations by the Syrian army in east Aleppo have been suspended because the largest operation of evacuation of civilians from east Aleppo is being carried out,” Lavrov said on Thursday, as quoted by Russian news agency Sputnik.

Officials have maintained for weeks that Russia has not been involved in military operations in Aleppo, formerly Syria’s most populous city.

2 thoughts on “Assad pushes Aleppo onslaught as UN warns of publicity”

  1. What happened to the quarter of a million people cowering under Assad’s barrel bombs in East Aleppo? Those poor people too scared of his torture chambers to leave the liberated districts?

    Oh, they never existed. There were maybe 50 thousand of them, and the rebels didn’t want them to leave. Still, if the MSM doesn’t mention how they repeated these idiotic figures endlessly then maybe we hopless rubes will forget about it and continue believng their propaganda nonsense.

    1. What they mean if the MSM doesn’t mention how they repeated these idiotic figures endlessly then maybe we hopless rubes will forget about it and continue believng their ??propaganda nonsense.

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