Russia resumes Aleppo air-strikes – and nobody seems to be protesting any more

Few civilians took up the offer to leave rebel-held Aleppo during the pause in air strikes [Image: Reuters].

Few civilians took up the offer to leave rebel-held Aleppo during the pause in air strikes [Image: Reuters].

It’s interesting to note how subdued the BBC’s coverage of this new assault on Aleppo has become.

One supposes it must be quite hard to paint the Russians as architects of atrocity when they’ve just given non-combatants three weeks to get out of the firing line.

Apparently very few civilians took up the offer. One wonders whether this is because they were prevented from doing so, by the rebel forces/terrorists/whatever-you-want-to-call-them remaining in the city.

If so, you can draw your own conclusions about them.

And, of course, the United States have a new President-elect who has adopted a much more conciliatory tone towards Russia and its joint military operations with the Syrian government.

Suddenly those who were agitating for conflict are on the wrong side of the argument.

Interesting, isn’t it, how media attitudes change according to who has the power?

Warplanes have bombed besieged rebel-held eastern districts of the Syrian city of Aleppo for the first time in three weeks, a monitoring group says.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the Haidariya, Masakin Hanano and Sheikh Faris areas were hit.

The Syrian government’s ally, Russia, halted air strikes in mid-October to allow civilians and rebels to leave.

Activists fear the resumption signals that the government’s assault on the east will now be stepped up.

Earlier, a hospital in a rebel-held village west of Aleppo was reportedly bombed, the third medical facility to have been hit in the past 24 hours.

The Syrian Observatory said at least one person was killed in Awaijel.

Source: Syria conflict: Air strikes resume on rebel-held Aleppo – BBC News

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12 thoughts on “Russia resumes Aleppo air-strikes – and nobody seems to be protesting any more

  1. Jonathan L Trapman

    This is but one easy example as to how when the true news does not fit the page of “ordered news” it is discarded.
    It also proves if proof is really needed that the BBC News and Current affairs are The filthy tool of propaganda, not the so called Russians as they have for so long loved to brush stroke.

    The disgusting way in which they throw their contempt for the gullible public who slurp up their news is one excellent reason for NOT supporting their tithe on our ill informed pockets.

    When true independent reportage is reinstated, then I might reconsider supporting it.

  2. Adrian D.

    Quite so. An associated further explanation for the few civilians leaving is that there might not actually be that many civilians left in East Aleppo – and that there never have been the very scary sounding 250,000+ routinely cited by the MSM.

    The 250K figure is taken directly from the pre-war population of the area and assumes that no one has left in the intervening months or years – which is pretty unlikely. There’s plenty of emotively presented content showing the ghost town (see below link), but it’s never seriously considered that they simply aren’t there any more.

    When similarly beseiged areas were relieved/liberated/over-run (take you pick) elsewhere in Syria (particularly in Damascus) the number of civilians clambering from the rubble have been way fewer than were assumed to be there – with many of them the families of the rebels themselves.(sorry can’t access link from this PC).

    When you’re lobbying for action – humanitarian, military, donor or whatever, the motivation for keeping these figures high is obvious.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/video/haunting-footage-shows-aleppo-resembling-a-ghost-town-773955651507

  3. mohandeer

    Mike. Good observations. As for the take up of East Aleppo residents, the reason are twofold. The terrorists moved their families into what they thought was going to be their caliphate and when non terrorist families tried to leave they were fired upon by terrorist sniper fire either side of the escape corridors. Some of the families did get to freedom, but the elderly, disable and those hampered with small children had to turn back. The casualties were not many, but even one was too many. The list of districts and areas of East Aleppo which have been cleared of terrorist jihadists grows each day but Syrian Perspective – Ziad Fadel and Colonel Cassad of militarytechcooperations give updates every day on ground force activity.

  4. mohandeer

    In case you are interested
    Al Masdar News reports:
    On Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of Syrian civilians turned to the streets in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qaser district of besieged eastern Aleppo.
    The demonstrators chanted for the removal of corrupt rebel commanders and proceeded to plunder the Yarmouk Aid Centre of its goods and distributed it among the local populace.
    Local rebel factions did not dislodge the protests.
    Two weeks ago, the Bustan al-Qaser neighbourhood was struck by infighting as Islamist groups overran several checkpoints held by the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Fastaqim Union, effectively disbanding the latter group.
    Upwards of 200,000 civilians remain besieged in eastern Aleppo while some 9,000 militants have been accused of using local residents as human shields, refusing to allow their evacuation into government-held western Aleppo.
    https://off-guardian.org/2016/11/15/east-aleppo-civilians-accuse-rebel-leaders-of-corruption-storm-aid-center-videos/

  5. mohandeer

    For your further edification or light reading, in case you wonder why I always come across as a self opinionated creature – haven’t included the blogs who guest Vanessa Beeley, Eva Bartlett – most big blogs like VT, Duran etc nor Ray Hanannia
    https://militarytechcooperations.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/syrian-army-to-attack-terrorist-positions-in-aleppo-city-from-nine-flanks/
    https://militarytechcooperations.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/uk-politician-says-russia-has-done-a-better-job-than-anybody-else-for-mideast-stability/(Conservative Minister who will probably get the sack now)
    https://militarytechcooperations.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/bulletin-of-the-russian-centre-for-reconciliation-of-opposing-sides-in-the-syrian-arab-republic-november-14-2016/
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-prosecute-the-clintons-for-wrecking-haiti/5556987
    http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=8d38ef747c2061bb9c6137961&id=ea5a40cec3&e=189b366097 (Mondoweiss who quote Jewish monitoring Group in Israeli occupied territories)
    https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2016/11/13/syrian-arab-army-regains-control-over-kherbet-khan-al-shih-damascus-countryside-destroys-jabhat-al-nusra-fortifications-in-daraa-while-terrorist-attacks-killed-injured-citizens-in-aleppo-idleb/
    https://4threvolutionarywar.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/in-the-mode-of-combat-duty-colonel-cassad/
    https://4threvolutionarywar.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/al-assad-liberated-colonel-cassad/
    http://syrianperspective.com/2016/11/over-100-rodents-die-in-al-assad-suburb-in-aleppo-after-its-liberation-khaan-al-shaykh-ready-to-fall-to-the-saa-sleeper-cell-closed-down-in-hama.html

  6. mohandeer

    https://militarytechcooperations.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/syrian-army-to-attack-terrorist-positions-in-aleppo-city-from-nine-flanks/
    https://militarytechcooperations.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/uk-politician-says-russia-has-done-a-better-job-than-anybody-else-for-mideast-stability/
    https://militarytechcooperations.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/bulletin-of-the-russian-centre-for-reconciliation-of-opposing-sides-in-the-syrian-arab-republic-november-14-2016/
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-prosecute-the-clintons-for-wrecking-haiti/5556987
    http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=8d38ef747c2061bb9c6137961&id=ea5a40cec3&e=189b366097 (Mondoweiss who quote Jewish monitoring Group in Israeli occupied territories)
    https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2016/11/13/syrian-arab-army-regains-control-over-kherbet-khan-al-shih-damascus-countryside-destroys-jabhat-al-nusra-fortifications-in-daraa-while-terrorist-attacks-killed-injured-citizens-in-aleppo-idleb/
    https://4threvolutionarywar.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/in-the-mode-of-combat-duty-colonel-cassad/
    https://4threvolutionarywar.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/al-assad-liberated-colonel-cassad/
    http://syrianperspective.com/2016/11/over-100-rodents-die-in-al-assad-suburb-in-aleppo-after-its-liberation-khaan-al-shaykh-ready-to-fall-to-the-saa-sleeper-cell-closed-down-in-hama.html

  7. Ian Seed

    “The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the Haidariya, Masakin Hanano and Sheikh Faris areas were hit.”

    Blimey – you are still using the SOHR as a source – a “monitoring group” you call them.

    Everyone has known about this sham organisation since 2012 – at least!

    it’s a one man band based in a terraced residential house in Coventry. He hates Assad and barely even pretends to be impartial. Funded by the lovely EU and “an unnamed” country – of course Britain.

    Has no journalistic or legal qualifications. He claims he has a hundred sources on the ground in Syria. He never quotes his sources by name. Ever.

    He is a PROPAGANDIST who tells blatant transparent lies. Britain funds him because Britain wants to remove Assad – illegally of course, as we always do.

    WHY ARE YOU QUOTING FROM THIS CLOWN? Have you had your head in the sand for the last 4 years?

      1. Ian Seed

        Answer my question first. If you need reminding it was.

        WHY ARE YOU QUOTING FROM THIS CLOWN? Have you had your head in the sand for the last 4 years?

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