Published on September 19th, 2014 |
by Samuel Davis
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The Syrian Conflict – the Terrifying Massacre and the UN’s Stance
In the latest conflict between the Syrian government and rebels 50 people died in an air strike launched by the Bashar al-Assad regime on the large town Talbiseh, in the Homs Province.
Six children have been found among the dead with a dozen rebel fighters, the air strike was launched due to the town being in the hands of opposition to the Syrian government. The air strikes of Talbiseh reportedly began on Monday and continued into Tuesday. State media said the army had targeted a meeting of “terrorists”. The death toll is expected to continue rising after the bombardment due to bodies still being pulled out of the rubble. Dozens of people, including children were seriously injured during the strike.
Talbiseh is on the country’s main north-south motorway about 6 miles north of the city of Homs, which had been the centre of the rebel uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Rebels were forced to abandoned their last stronghold in the city of Homs in May after more than a year of siege and bombardment by Syrian forces. The Syrian government now controls most of Damascus, including the motorway from the capital through to Homs and the western Mediterranean coast. Rebels still control much of the north and east.
The conflict in Syria and the resultant breakdown in state institutions has meant that more than 191,000 people have been killed and nine million displaced from their homes since the uprising began in 2011. US President Barack Obama is currently trying to build a global coalition to combat the rise of the jihadist group Islamic State, which has seized control of dozens of cities and towns in northern and eastern Syria, as well as large swathes of neighbouring Iraq.
The conflict in Syria has caused one of the largest refugee exoduses still the second World War, more than 2.5 million people have fled Syria since the conflict started, most of them being women and children. Neighbouring countries such as Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey have borne the full weight of the refugee crisis. The mass exodus has dramatically accelerated since the start of 2013 as the conditions in Syria have drastically decayed.
With neither side able to inflict a decisive defeat on the other, the international community long ago concluded that only a political solution could end to the conflict in Syria. However, a number of attempts by the Arab League and the UN to broker ceasefires and start dialogue have failed. The talks, which became known as Geneva II that began in January 2014 and that would try to implement the 2012 Geneva Communique broke down the following month after only two rounds. The UN envoy Mr Brahimi blamed the Syrian governments refusal to discuss opposition demands and that Syria insisted on a focus of fighting “terrorists” a term Damascus uses to dismiss all opponents of Mr Assad.
The Syrian Conflict shows no sign of being resolved anytime soon and thus shall continue to cause problems worldwide, the refugee situation shows no sign of stopping and with the Islamic State (ISIS) group becoming involved in Syria, the UN needs to step in and resolve the issue as quickly as possible, with the US, UK, France, Turkey and multiple Arab States all calling for President Assad to be relieved of power, they are being fought internally in the UN by China and Russia who are blocking resolutions critical of Syria at the UN Security Council.
China has criticised the prospect of strikes against Syria, insisting any military action without UN approval would be illegal. Russia was key to Syria agreeing to give up chemical weapons, and backs the Geneva Communique. But it has repeatedly said Syria’s future should be decided by Syrians and blocked anti-Assad resolutions at the UN Security Council. Russia has been the main supplier of weapons to President Assad Regime, including Missiles and Aircrafts.