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FIGHTING IN ALEPPO TRAPS THOUSANDS WHICH WILL MAKE THEM EASIER TO KILL
July 31 2012
Aleppo, Syria – Fighting in the largest city in Syria has now reached its fourth day. Despite a massive military buildup—which included warplanes, attack helicopters, and tanks – government forces have been unable to dislodge rebel strongholds throughout the city.
That fighting, only becoming more intense because of the resistance, has forced at least 200,000 people to evacuate and others to seek refuge in places presumably safe from government strikes such as schools and hospitals. That rush for safety has also forced many people to crowd into small areas and for many others to become isolated and trapped from outside communication.
It is believed that that situation will allow for widespread killings by government forces under the auspices of stopping the rebels. It’s not clear how many rebels are actually in those group of civilians or how many people will be required to die for a handful of rebel fighters.
“There are 32 schools in Aleppo that we've identified and in each of those schools, we have heard, or we have witnessed, that 250-300 people were packed inside, many of these families, kids,” said Melissa Fleming of the UNHCR refugee agency. “And then in university dormitories, there are a total of some 7,000 people hoping to seek safety from the continuing shelling.”
That report has also been sent to the Syrian government which will make it much, much easier for them to kill large groups of people.
It’s not clear how many have been killed thus far nor whether or not those numbers will ever be made clear. Syrian officials have had, at best, spotty record keeping in respect to how many people they have killed in the year and half uprising.
“This is certainly not great news for the people of Aleppo but fantastic news for the government. Obviously they don’t need to kill all those people who have huddle together to keep away from the bombs and explosions but now they know that they at least have the ability to do so without much trouble or drama if they make that decision,” said Scrape TV International Conflict analyst Mario Martinez. “It’s got to be nice to have that option available to you, to be able to go out and just get all those people in one fell swoop rather than having to send troops house to house killing people by hand. This way they can just blow up buildings and it’s done, one strike and out.”
Many of those hiding are women and children which government forces seem to like killing.
“I would hope, from the government side, that they act quickly on this because it is possible that the people hiding in all those places will eventually start to disperse which means they will lose that strategic advantage and make things difficult once again,” continued Martinez. “Luckily they don’t seem to be all that reticent when it comes to killing large groups of people so I’m sure they will be more than ready, more than eager, to go after these targets right away. I mean waste not want not right?”
It’s not clear if the thousands of huddled masses will even try to get away once word starts to come of government attacks, though with all the warplanes that might be impossible anyways.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent