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UN: Women, children executed by Assad regime in Aleppo

Civilians walk in ruined buildings and streets after the Assad regime carried out airstrikes in Aleppo, Syria on December 9 2016 [Ibrahim Ebu Leys/Anadolu]
Civilians walk in ruined buildings and streets after the Assad regime carried out airstrikes in Aleppo, Syria on December 9 2016 [Ibrahim Ebu Leys/Anadolu]

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad have been executing civilians in Aleppo “on the spot” according to the United Nations, who confirmed today that the Assad regime and Shia militias had been entering homes in eastern Aleppo and killing those inside, including women and children.

The UN confirmed that it had reliable evidence that at least 82 civilians in four neighbourhoods of east Aleppo were summarily executed after the Assad regime burst into the homes of civilians and slaughtered those inside.

Speaking at a news conference in Geneva, the UN’s human rights spokesperson, Rupert Colville, said that atrocities were being committed by the Assad regime and its allies from Iran-backed Shia jihadist groups from around the world.

Colville confirmed that 13 children were murdered by Assad regime thugs and allied Shia militias, in addition to 11 women. 58 men were also dragged from their homes and summarily executed in the middle of the street.

Further explaining the dire humanitarian situation, Colville said: “Yesterday evening, we received further deeply disturbing reports that numerous bodies were lying on the streets.”

“The residents were unable to retrieve them due to the intense bombardment and their fear of being shot on sight.”

This grisly report comes after several other UN reports confirmed that hundreds of men trying to escape the violence in eastern Aleppo had gone missing after moving into Assad regime-controlled areas.

The men, like the 82 civilians executed in the field over the past day, are feared to be dead or languishing under the torture of the Assad regime’s prisons that were notoriously exposed as having committed atrocities similar to the Holocaust with the release of a tranche of tens of thousands of photographs knows as the “Caesar files”.

The UN and other international humanitarian organisations have appealed to Syria and its backers in Moscow to stop the bombardment of Aleppo and to allow civilians safe passage out of the death trap of eastern Aleppo.

There are currently almost 100,000 civilians trapped in a small two square kilometre pocket that is being repeatedly bombarded by the Assad regime in preparation for a ground assault by the army and Iran-backed Shia militias, including Lebanese Hezbollah and its Iraqi counterpart.

Intentionally targeting and killing civilians is a violation of international law, and are actions that are indictable as war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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