Deadly Assad’s barrel bombs dropped by Syrian army helicopters on opposition-held neighborhoods of Syria are the main driver behind the refugee crisis that has overwhelmed neighboring countries and now Europe, speakers at a panel held at the United Nations said Monday.
Just today, Assad’s barrel bombs killed 13 civilians including 3 children and an old woman while more than 50 others were wounded or seriously wounded in al-Maqbi market in al-Miadin city. Helicopters also dropped 20 Assad’s barrel bombs on Darrya, on the outskirts of Damascus, killing a number of civilians.
To the Western leaders who believed that saying publicly “Assad can stay” it would, in return, cause Assad to stop attacking civilians, you have no idea the revenge Assad is going to exact on Europe for supporting the rebels.
The Assads are all sick psychopaths Obama gave them the time to become Russian-protected sick psychopaths because the president to this day still believes reasoning with them, and Putin the thug, through lecturing will somehow pivot them into civilized people. If you listened to Obama’s speech at the U.N. today, you cannot miss his naivete in every word he said.
Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, urged the international community to put an end to Assad’s indiscriminate use of the bombs, saying the tactic also undermines the war against the Islamic State group.
“It is a recruitment bonanza for ISIS because the group can claim to be standing up to these atrocities,” he said, using an acronym for the group. He said the explosives are being used for the sole purpose of terrorizing the population and have played a major role in fueling one the largest exodus of people since World War II.
Assad’s barrel bombs are makeshift shrapnel-packed explosive devices that Syrian forces continue to dump on rebel-held neighborhoods from helicopters, killing thousands of civilians over the past four years.
“We are tired of collecting limbs,” said Raed Saleh, head of the Syrian Civil Defense. “We ask ourselves as we dig out people from the rubble, whether we are next.”
They were speaking at the U.N. Monday as part of a special event on the genocidal Assad’s use of the bombs.
Enforcing a no-fly zone that would neutralize Assad’s barrel bombs, warplanes, and helicopters would save 200 lives a week, said Khaled Khoja, leader of the main Western-backed Syrian National Coalition, an opposition group. He is in New York trying to convince world leaders of the urgent need for safe zones and a no-fly area in Syria, something the United States has so far resisted.
“The principal driver of the two biggest challenges that the international community faces — the refugee crisis and the threat of extremism — is the indiscriminate killing of civilians, mainly through air attack,” Khoja said.
“It does not need to be this way. There is still time to avoid another Rwanda.”
AP contributed to this report.