Until this morning (Friday, December 16, 2016), approximately 8 buses carrying about 7500 civilians from Eastern Aleppo to either government backed Western Aleppo or also besieged Idlib. Now the the, the ceasefire, peace deal, AND evacuations HAVE BEEN OFFICIALLY SUSPENDED by Russia and the Syrian regime. This was after a deal reached on all sides that in exchange for evacuating Eastern Aleppo, militants (known as Fateh al-Sham) would allow 29 buses into two villages they’ve seized to transport the wounded.
However, Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah militants OPENED FIRE on the ninth convoy of Aleppo evacuees and has taken 800 HOSTAGES. The Syrian regime then demanded that the evacuation processes be halted, demanded the Int’l Red Cross to leave Eastern Aleppo, and shelling and bombardment HAVE BEGAN AGAIN in Eastern Aleppo. There are approximately 65,000 residents still held in that part of the city.
All communication has been cut and now we face a media blackout from Eastern Aleppo. Last communications were distress calls that confirmed Assad, Russia, and Iranian backed militias have resumed their assault on Aleppo.
We have been unable to communicate properly with anyone under siege from Eastern Aleppo. Seized convoy buses and hostages have reported horrors from Hezbollah militias. They are purposely rounding up men and male children, in front of their wives and mothers, and killing them in mass executions. Women are being kidnapped, raped, tortured, threatened with their husbands or children, and being sent back to besieged Eastern Aleppo. Some of these women have committed suicide (in some cases along with their children) in order to avoid the war crimes against them after their husbands are killed or taken away.
The peace deal has collapsed. We are back to square one. Aleppo residents and evacuees are either facing heavy bombardment and attacks in a blockaded city with no escape or facing amongst the worst crimes against humanity by militias and the regime as hostages seized in these convoys. The Red Crescent has expressed absolute shock at the deterioration of the ceasefire and evacuation deal. As of now, Eastern Aleppo and their evacuees are back to facing the horrors equivalent of the ones they faced earlier this week.
Once again, humanity and the international community has failed us. We are being butchered by our own government and its allies. The worst war crimes and violations of human rights are being committed against the most powerless people in the world. Please help. Continue to spread the word.
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“ENGULFED BY FLAMES” - a brick house completely completely consumed by fire, even the tree and nearby power lines are ablaze. No flash needed for this nighttime snapshot thanks to the intense light of the burning building.