On Sunday the Syrian government refused a U.N. request to grant Eastern Aleppo autonomy in an attempt to bring some calm to the city.
The government insist that Eastern Aleppo will be brought back under government control once militants have been expelled from the city. The city is in deep crisis as over the weekend the last remaining hospital was closed due to a government forces bombing campaign, which resulted in horrific images of babies being removed from incubators as it was no longer safe to keep them in the hospital.
At least 8 children were killed in a rocket attack on a school on Sunday. The Syrian observatory for human rights had noted that an aerial bombing campaign over the weekend had killed several civilians in the city.
It’s estimated that 275,000 still reside in Eastern Aleppo. The city has seen the most intense fighting of the civil war, as it is held by rebels fighting against the government and their Russian coalition partners. In related news the Syrian government has asked president elect Donald Trump to end America’s support of the rebels fighting against the government. They believe that the relationship between Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin can assist in bringing a swift end to the civil war.
America’s support of the rebels has been vital in the war against the government, but Trump is seen as being more willing to end this support in order to assist the beleaguered Syrian administration put down the uprising, which as part of the civil war as of Feb 2016 was estimated to have cost 470,000 casualties in the country.
Many countries have tried to intervene on both sides, with many asserting that no progress will be possible in the country while president Bashar Al-Assad is still in charge. Indeed many independent observers insist that the president be tried for war crimes, due to the suspected use of chlorine gas in barrel bombs dropped. This would be construed as a war crime if indeed proved to be true.
But president Al-Assad has this far stood firm, and all talk of him being removed from office has all but been dismissed by Damascus.
How Trump’s ascension to the presidency affects the situation in Syria remains to be seen. But he’s certainly seen as a more pliable leader on the subject than outgoing President Barack Obama has been on the subject, who’s stayed a steadfast supporter of the rebels cause.
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