The UN’s Human Rights leader Zeid Raad Al Hussein gave a speech in which he described the war torn city of Aleppo as a ‘slaughterhouse’.
He was referring to the rebel held east Aleppo which was subjected to Air Strikes and bombings by the Russian backed government of Bashar al-Assad.
Mr. Hussein went on to add that ‘crimes of historic proportions’ are being committed in Syria during the war. He said that Aleppo had gone from being a place of millennial civility and beauty to a gruesome locus of pain and fear, where lifeless bodies of small children are trapped under streets of rubble and pregnant women are deliberately bombed.
The Assad regime and its backers came under heavy criticism this month for airstrikes which targeted hospitals and schools. The Government has maintained that the airstrikes have been a means to counter terrorism and the civilian deaths while tragic were collateral damage.
The Russian backed government troops have announced a series of short term humanitarian ceasefires which they claimed was to help the civilians evacuate the city to a safer place.
The rebel factions have refused to comply stating that this would lead to displacement and surrender.
Mr. Hussein also stated that the conduct of all parties in the city of Aleppo was in violation of international and humanitarian laws and that they constituted as war crimes.
He also called out the international community and specifically the UN Security Council for their failure in stopping the conflict and said that the situation in Aleppo ‘should haunt us’.
The Syrian civil war has been going for the last 6 years between the Assad government and its allies and the Rebel factions. The War began in the aftermath of a violent suppression of protests which asked Bashar Al-Assad to step down.
International interventions have been made from the side both parties. The United States and France and a few other Middle Eastern states have supported the Rebel factions. The Russians have lent their support to the Assad regime stating that the Rebels need to not engage with extremist terrorist elements if they want an end to the conflict.
Over 300,000 people have been killed and more than a million displaced by this war. The images and stories emerging from both sides of the war have shaken the international community and a peaceful resolution to the war has become a major priority for the UN.