The Kurdish National Council (KNC) said that the Assad regime, Russia, and the Iranian militias are committing the most heinous war crimes against civilians in eastern Aleppo using all kinds of weapons, including internationally banned ones, in the brutal assault they have launched since november 15.
In statement distributed by the KNC’s foreign mission at the European Union, the Kurdish Council said that the regime’s onslaught on Aleppo has left thousands of civilian casualties. The Council, which is a key component of the Syrian Coalition, pointed out that rescue workers can not reach victims of the bombardment by regime forces and their allies on eastern Aleppo, adding that dozens of civilians were buried under the rubble of their bombed houses. The Kurdish Council also noted that the bombardment is targeting mainly residential buildings and vital civilian infrastructure, adding that regime forces and their allied foreign militias carried out summary executions against dozens of civilians who tried to escape the relentless bombardment.
The Council also criticized the inaction of the international community over the tragedy unfolding in Aleppo, stressing that the Assad regime and its allies have resumed bombardment of the city despite many appeals and calls to stop their operations and open safe corridors to evacuate civilians trapped inside.
The Kurdish Council appealed to the international community and human rights organizations to take real action to bring to justice pillars of the Assad regime and all those complicit in the atrocities taking place in Syria.
The Kurdish Council called upon the international community to shoulder its legal, humanitarian responsibilities to save the Syrian people and put an end to their suffering. It also called for a push towards finding a comprehensive political solution that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people.
The Assad regime can not be part of any possible solution as it is killing the Syrian people, destroying Syria, and allowing and terrorists groups to wreak havoc in Syria with the sole aim of clinging to power.
(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Office / 18.12.2016)