Escalation of fighting in syria

The usual game of mutual blame at the expense of civilians who could not or did not want to flee

The ceasefire is more or less over in Syria after the fighting around Aleppo resumed and the parties involved and the main players, the U.S. and Russia, seem to be less interested in finding a solution than in intensifying the conflict. Whether the peace talks can continue at all is questionable, especially since a solution remains unreal as long as the U.S. and Russia do not cooperate through the UN Security Council and the role of the Assad regime is not clarified.

Russia demands that Islamist groups Jayish al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham, which are supported by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey and are part of the so-called High Negotiations Committee (HNC), also be classified as terrorist organizations. Both groups are known to work closely with the al-Qaeda offshoot al-Nusra, also in the Aleppo area.

Destructions in Aleppo. Screenshot

Russian Auben Minister Lavrov had also once again called for the armed groups not to be distinguished into mabe and terrorist. However, Russia is cooperating not only with the Syrian Kurds and the SDF under its control, who are also supported by the U.S. but labeled terrorists by Turkey and Saudi Arabia, but also with Assad forces, which include militias from Iran and Hezbollah.

In any case, the fighting around Aleppo has reignited – and as always, the situation is controversial. Russian media report, "Terrorists" had carried out a missile attack on the Midan district: "The rockets hit the houses next to the hospital in the Midan neighborhood. Several buildings have collapsed. There are dead and injured. The Militar and the People’s Militia render aid and remove the dead", reports Sputniknews. The neighborhood, where mainly Christian Arabs and Armenians are said to live, is shelled practically every day, as is the neighborhood with a Kurdish population. Earlier, the Syrian air force had captured a position near the Zahi-al-Azraq hospital "Terrorists" bombed and killed 20 combatants.

Sputnik does refer to Doctors Without Borders, which reported that a hospital was destroyed by an airstrike, killing 14 people, including doctors and patients, without saying whether the Syrian Air Force airstrike hit that hospital. Doctors Without Borders declare that the 34-bed al-Quds hospital supported by the organization has been bombed by at least one attack. The hospital building is "directly" The air force has been hit and destroyed, and targets in the vicinity have also been bombed.

Western media such as the New York Times speak of airstrikes by the Syrian air force that destroyed the hospital in Aleppo, after which the "Rebels" had responded with missile attacks. While doctors without borders report 14 dead, for the NYT it is 27 dead. The NYT, in turn, says there have been 14 deaths from rebel shelling in government-controlled neighborhoods. The Tagesschau speaks of "at least 30 dead" by the air strike on the hospital in the "territory held by rebels" in the al-Sukari district.

Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, rejects the accusations. Russian planes had not been over Aleppo. Rather, an aircraft of the US-led anti-IS coalition flew over Aleppo. From which country he did not reveal. The Syrian army denied that it had bombed the hospital in al-Sukari, referring to the "Terrorists", who had shelled neighborhoods. John Kirby, the spokesman for the U.S. Department of Auben, blames the Syrian air force. All this is a repeat of the conflict situation before the security conference in Munich, where it was also about the shelling of MSF hospitals.

In the last week, several medical facilities had become the target of attacks, killing 5 rescue workers. From the neighborhoods not controlled by the Assad government, he said, there is now only one road connection to auben. If this was cut, those neighborhoods would be trapped. 250.000 people were still living in Aleppo. However, Doctors Without Borders does not accuse anyone directly. Once again, it seems to depend on which side one is on, as can be seen from the fact that some people speak in general terms of "Rebels" which includes Islamists, and the others speak of terrorists, which includes all those who fight the Assad regime.