Syria nixes UN Aleppo truce terms

Walid al-Moallem, the Foreign Minister of Syria, emphatically refused a proposal by the United Nations. Under this proposal, Aleppo’s eastern districts would be granted autonomous powers. The aim of such a proposal is to restore peace in this war ravaged metropolis. The minister said that the institutions of the state must be restored after militants were expelled from the eastern districts. The latter is now under the stranglehold of the opposition. Moallem is a member of Ba’ath Party. He has served as the Foreign Minister of Syria from February 21, 2006.

No budging

The Syrian Foreign Minister, who spoke after his meeting with Staffan De Mistura, the UN Special Envoy, said that his country will not leave the population of east Aleppo-presently counted as about 275,000- to the mercy of 6,000 gunmen. He refused to say whether government forces will ease their assault on the eastern districts of the city. The fighting has crippled all hospitals in that part inoperable. Moallem said that both the Government of Syria and the UN have agreed to expel terrorists from the east Aleppo area so that civilians get much needed peace.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain headquartered monitoring group, a minimum of eight children died when rockets hit the al-Furqan school located near Aleppo’s government run quarters. The news has been corroborated by Syrian State News who reported that a teacher was also killed in the school attack. The Sabeel neignorhood saw heavy attack by government forces during the second week of November. The Syia Observatory has been doing abuses related to human rights since 2011.

Dwindling essentials

According to the Observatory, the relentless blitz of both aerial and artillery attacks have left 37 civilians dead from the midday of November 18. The eastern enclave is at present populated by about 275,000 people. The area has seen its food supplies dwindle from July. This is as per estimates provided by the United Nations itself.

In an interview with a British newspaper, De Mistura gave a warning to the Syrian Government that the latter was actually chasing a kind of “pyrrhic victory” in the case of Aleppo. The UN official said that to avoid this, the government must forge a political settlement with the Syrian opposition. He gave a warning that an unrestrained approach by the military would push moderate rebels into the army of the dreaded Islamic State group.

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