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Friday, 4 November 2016

Concern for the fate of Aleppo mounts as Russia promises to intensify military campaign

By Yasmine Nahlawi, Rethink Rebuild

“If you do not leave these areas urgently, you will be annihilated. You know that everyone has given up on you. They left you alone to face your doom and nobody will give you any help.”

Message dropped on residents of East Aleppo by Assad/Russia

As the world is focused upon the upcoming US elections, Syrian civilians and activists are gravely concerned regarding a predicted renewed Russian offensive on Aleppo, which has already borne the brunt of Russia’s brutality, including through its use of cluster munitions and bunker-busting missiles.

Syrian journalist Rami Jarrah issued an ‘Urgent Distress Call for Aleppo’ on 2 November in which he detailed that Russia has allegedly ‘notified anti-government rebels in besieged Eastern Aleppo to leave via two corridors between 9am and 7pm this Friday.’ Jarrah continued that ‘this can only mean that when the deadline comes the bombardment of Aleppo will see an escalation’.

In light of Russia’s apparent determination to continue its criminal and barbaric actions, we are calling upon policy makers and the media to ensure that Russian crimes continue to be exposed even as the world’s attention threatens to be diverted to the US elections.

Rethink Rebuild Society Advocacy Coordinator Dr. Haytham Alhamwi says, ‘The least we can ask is that the media report closely on the situation in Syria over the next week and to discuss the position of the two US presidential candidates with respect to their positions on Russia and Assad’s crimes in Syria. Policy makers should also continue to stress the importance of civilian protection in Syria so that Putin and Assad understand that the world is watching.’

Protest organised by The Syria Campaign and Syria Solidarity UK in front of the Russian embassy to highlight Russia’s criminal involvement in Syria.

In a street action on 3 November, The Syria Campaign and Syria Solidarity UK protested outside the Russian embassy to shift international attention towards Russia’s criminal actions in Syria (See images below). Two activists chained themselves to the Russian embassy’s gate while a display of over 800 mannequin limbs spilled out of the embassy’s front gates to symbolise Russia’s commission of war crimes in Syria.

One of these activists, in an email issued by The Syria Campaign, said, ‘We’re here because Russian warplanes are killing Syrian children in their beds. We’re here because doctors and rescue workers are being bombed for trying to save lives. We’re here because in eastern Aleppo, more than 800 people have been killed this past month alone.’

The street action was also covered via video by The Syria Campaign and can be seen here.

Rethink Rebuild Society has established itself as a non-profit organisation that acts as an umbrella for the Syrian community in Manchester, and endeavours to clarify the Syrian cause to its audience in the UK and the wider public.

For further information and press enquiries, please contact Yasmine at advocacy@rrsoc.org.


  1. This has to be one of the most pointless and misguided campaigns in activist history. You obviously do not understand the complex alphabet soup that is the Syrian tragedy. Honestly, if you get what you want, and the Russian military, there legally at the invitation of the legally-constituted internationally-recognised democratically-elected government of Syria, pulls out, the US-, Saudi, Qatari and NATO-backed ISIS, al Qaeda, al-Nusra, etc will over-run Aleppo and set up the first Caliphate, run on strict Islamic lines like the Taliban. Is that what you want? What is your endgame? The USA's only interest is in removing all threats to Israel before they 'pivot-to-Asia". Secondary is it's concern for pipelines and, in accordance with PNAC agenda, attacking Russia and then China. The `Russians would rather fight IS in Syria than in it's southern Islamic States, and to stop returning Chechens from destabilising it's Moslem minorities. I worry you are Soros and State Dept funded and directed. I doubt that Russia will even notice your demonstration. Your provenance is suspect. Your idealism and energy unquestioned.

  2. OK l got it. You are endorsed by the Pentagon, which means Soros, right-wing think tank and State Dept money, as l suspected.

    "According to the Pentagon spokesman (Cooke), the suffering in parts of Aleppo is not due to its ongoing occupation by al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front, but rather by Russian and Syrian government attempts to expel Nusra from the city. Cook’s explanation defied logic. Russian actions in Aleppo are…
    “…only adding fuel to Syria’s civil war and [do] nothing to degrade extremist groups, which is Russia’s original reason for its military intervention in Syria.”The sentence only makes sense if one accepts the premise that al-Qaeda in Syria is not an extremist group, as it makes no sense to argue that bombing a certain group does nothing to weaken that group. Unless the Pentagon is suggesting that Russia and Syria are only bombing the civilian population, presumably for fun?"

    So. You are FOR the occupation of Aleppo by al-Nusra/al Qaeda, strict Islamic law (head and hand-chopping), war, eventually nuclear, with Russia, subservience to Israel and the US. Or are you one of the last believers in the 'moderate, democratic opposition', to which the Pentagon, after hundreds and millions of dollars spent, added but 4.
    Best to take the Koolade, guys!