'There is No Time to Spare': Besieged Activist Urges World to Stand With Aleppo

StoryfulPublished: January 13, 201715 views
Published: January 13, 2017

Salah Ashkar, an independent media activist living in besieged Aleppo, released two videos on December 12 calling on viewers to protest the ongoing regime assault on Aleppo at embassies throughout the world and at the United Nations.

The Syrian regime <a href="https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AE%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%B7%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AC%D9%8A%D8%B4-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%8A-%D9%8A%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%B7%D8%B1-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%89-%D8%AD%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84-2/" target="_blank">announced on December 12</a> that it had captured as much as 96 percent of the city, leaving anywhere between 80,000 – 100,000 civilians trapped inside a small area of southern Aleppo’s al-Ansari Mashad District, according to <a href="https://newswire.storyful.com/storylines/*/stories/151525?referred_from=World%20News" target="_blank">activist reports from inside the city</a>.

The International Committee of the Red Cross issued a <a href="https://www.icrc.org/en/document/icrc-plea-all-sides-spare-human-life-eastern-aleppo" target="_blank">statement</a> on December 13 “urging all sides to spare human life in eastern Aleppo.” The organization hopes that it can position itself, along with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, as an impartial humanitarian intermediary. “In order for this to happen, we appeal to the parties to put humanity ahead of military objectives”, said ICRC’s Head of Delegation in Syria, Marianne Gasser, currently in Aleppo. “We stand ready to oversee the implementation of any mutual agreement that puts civilians first. We cannot urge this strongly enough: this must happen now.”

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