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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Peace talks stall as the slaughter of Syrian civilians continues

International peace talks in Geneva on Syria have been called off by the UN because Russia is carrying out a massive carpet bombing campaign in support of a new Syrian Army offensive that has so far succeeded in cutting the lifeline to Turkey for over a million Syrians living in opposition held Aleppo. They are trying to add Aleppo to Madaya and the 21 other areas that the Assad regime and its allies is trying to starve into submission.

Russian bombers carried out over 200 sorties over Aleppo Tuesday. The encirclement of Aleppo came only after "more than 500 raids by Russian airplanes".

Wednesday Russian and Syrian warplanes launched dozens of strikes on the anti-Asssad towns of Hayan and Hreitan in northern Aleppo according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. SOHR also says more than 1,015 civilians, including 200 children, have been killed by the Russian attacks since they started in September 2015. They also report that the US lead coalition has killed 312 civilians including 90 children since it began in September 2014. The difference results from the fact that while the US and it allies don't mind killing civilians, Russian and its allies specifically target them.

SOHR said Russian has killed 3,049 people in Syria since September 2015. Apart from the civilians, they have killed 893 members of Daesh and 1,141 members of Assad's armed opposition. These numbers reveal Russian President Vladimir Putin's real purpose in Syria. The US lead coalition has killed 4,256 people in Syria since September of 2014. That number includes 3,787 members of Daesh and 150 members of Assad's opposition.

Russian FM Lavrov: We'll keep bombing Syria "until all the terrorists are defeated...I see no reason to stop these airstrikes."

Want to know why there is a Syrian refugee crisis? This is what we let Assad do to Homs. It is about to get a whole lot worst as Syrians flee Aleppo.

Syrians know what Assad did to Homs, Middle East Eye reported on the threat he made to Aleppo:
The Syrian army has warned residents of Aleppo they face "bloodshed", "destruction" and the death of their loved ones if they do not expel rebel fighters from the city within 48 hours, in leaflets dropped from government helicopters. Pro-opposition news sites published one of the leaflets, which they said were dropped on Tuesday night over rebel-held districts of Aleppo. The leaflet told residents: "The war is coming to its end. It will be tragic for all of us if it ends with the death of your loved ones and the destruction of your homes,” the Arabic leaflet read. “The leaders of the Arab Syrian Army are proposing [either] bloodshed or [a chance to] avoid this fate by expelling the foreign and intruding fighters from your area – safe passage for their exit will be arranged.” The leaflet offered safety to local fighters provided that they hand over their weapons and all foreigners fighting in their ranks – it did not specify which specific groups or nationalities it addressed.

We have a new report from Amnesty International:
Syria's refugee crisis in numbers

3 February 2016, 19:02 UTC

Refugees in the region

More than 4.5 million refugees from Syria are in just five countries Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt:

Turkey hosts 2.5 million refugees from Syria, more than any other country worldwide
Lebanon hosts approximately 1.1 million refugees from Syria which amounts to around one in five people in the country

Jordan hosts approximately 635,324 refugees from Syria, which amounts to about 10% of the population

Iraq where 3.9 million people are already internally displaced hosts 245,022 refugees from Syria

Egypt hosts 117,658 refugees from Syria

The UN’s 2015 humanitarian appeal for Syrian refugees was just 61% funded by the end of the year.

Syria is the Paris Commune of the 21st Century!

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