World - - Dec 13,2016
The UN’s human rights office has said that Syrian pro-government forces have been entering homes in eastern Aleppo and killing people on sight.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon has expressed concerns, calling it an alarming situation. The battle in Aleppo has reached its final phase with the Syrian government forces about to take over the most harshly affected city of Syria. The rebels who have held the city for four years are on the brink of defeat.
The UN said it has solid evidence that 82 civilians including women and children, have been shot dead in four areas of the city. Jan Egeland, the UN humanitarian advisor on Syria, said that Russian and Syrian governments are accountable for all the atrocities that innocent civilians are now facing. As per the latest reports, tens of thousands of people are still stuck in the rebel held areas of Aleppo calling for help.
The UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross (IRCC) have appealed to Syria and its ally Russia to immediately end the bombing and look for safe passage for civilians. A UN spokesperson said dozens of dead bodies are lying on the streets and there is no one to retrieve them as people cannot come out due to intense bombardment and the fear of being shot on sight.
Conquering Aleppo would be the biggest win for Syrian government since the war began in 2011, as it will now have control over five major cities of Syria. The Russian defense ministry also said that more than 2,200 rebels had surrendered since the start of the battle and 100,000 civilians had left areas of the city that were controlled by the rebels trying to overthrow Assad from power.
Since the beginning, more than 300,000 people have been killed in Syria's war, and more than half of the population has been displaced.