Last hosptial in Aleppo, Syria destroyed by Russian air attacks

Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 19 November 2016, 23:55 hrs, UTC, Post #30.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/19/aleppo-hospital-knocked-out-airstrikes

Accessed on 19 November 2016, 23:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporters:  Martin Chulov, Kareem Shaheen, Emma Grahamn-Harrison.

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Comment:

As promised by Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, Russian ground attack aircraft have pressed their aerial offensive against Syrian rebels in and around Syria‘s second-largest city of Aleppo.  According to “The Guardian”, the last hospital in that besieged city was destroyed earlier today, leaving 250,000 people without access to surgery or specialist care.

David Nott, a surgeon with extensive experience in helping doctors in war zones, offers this assessment following the recent airstrike:

“I don’t think in all my years of doing this I’ve seen such dreadful pictures of injuries, of people lying on the floor in an emergency room, the dead mixed with the living,” he said. At least two doctors were among the dead, he added, and he feared hospitals that had kept operating under attack and with dwindling supplies might now have been shut down permanently.”

“The Aleppo hospitals have been reopened so many times, underground or in new locations, but between the bombing and the siege I don’t know if it will be possible to resurrect them this time,” he said.

Russian forces have vowed to destroy rebel forces operating around Aleppo.  The Russian air offensive, backed by Syrian forces loyal to President Assad, have virtually cut off the city from most roads, supply routes, and food.  The city will slowly starve, along with most of the rebels within.

Opinion:

Nothing will stop the Russian air offensive until Syrian rebels are eliminated.  It is wishful thinking that European or US criticism will stop the attacks.  The Russian Federation has a vested interest in Syria and will help the current regime remain in power. There will be no negotiations between Syrian rebels and the Russian forces attacking Aleppo. The Russian offensive will continue until the rebels are “neutralized.”  Talk and criticism from the West will accomplish nothing.  The long dark night for Aleppo is now under way.

The attack comes during the delicate transition between outgoing US President Barrack Obama and incoming President-elect Donald Trump.  By the time Mr. Trump assumes office on 20 January 2017, the battle for Aleppo may be moot.


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