Syria: Brahimi thinks that the situation in the country is „worrying”
Lakhdar Brahimi, United Nations Arab League envoy met with president Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Monday and after seating down on talks declared that the hopes for a negotiated agreement between the parties are becoming thinner and thinner. The main cause for this is the fact that the sides refuse to communicate with each other.
Meanwhile, the situation in Syria is worsening, as activists accuse the regime of using chemical weapons in the city of Homs, with many videos streaming over the internet in which patients on hospital beds are shown having trouble breathing.
But most of the international attention is focused on the events in the town on Halfaya, in the Hama province, notably on the recent bombing of a bakery, which killed an uncertain number of civilians, many activists reporting over 200. Samer al-Hamawi, an activist in the town of Halfaya says: “There is no way to really know yet how many people were killed. When I got there, I could see piles of bodies all over the ground. There were women and children […] There are also dozens of wounded people.” The US State Department Spokesman Patrick Ventrell said that “Brutal attacks such as these show that this regime has no future in Syria, […] Those that commit atrocities will be held accountable. The United States calls on all parties that continue to assist the regime in executing its war against the Syrian people to end their support.” British Diplomat Alistair Burt says that this “would be the most recent in a long line of human rights violations and abuses committed by the Syrian regime.”
The strike came as retaliation to the occupation on Halfaya by the rebel forces last week, as part of their campaign to push the lines of regime-controlled Syrian terrain even tighter. Hasan al-Rajb, another activist in the area said that after the rebel forces liberated the city, “the regime surrounded it completely, cutting us off from the world […] Nothing was allowed in or out. Even water and bread were cut off.” One Bakery received dough from a humanitarian organization, so people queued for bread as Hamawi completes this event: “We hadn’t received flour in around three days so everyone was going to the bakery today, and lots of them were women and children.” A similar event occurred this summer in the Qadi Askar district of Aleppo (same M.O., attacking a bread line and killing 60 civilians), which shows that this was not a misfire. Moreover, bread lines are usually places where a big mass of civilians gather, so the act cannot be justified as an act against “terrorists”, as Al-Assad’s regime calls the rebel forces. Instead, the Syrian Arab News Agency and the State Television blamed terrorists for the act.
This brings the conflict in Syria to a death-toll of over 44.000 people since it started over 21 months ago, and makes Brahimi’s statement of the increasing difficulty in finding a peaceful solution become more and more founded.