Spokesman for the opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) Salem Almeslet said that Assad regime forces have launched more than 700 airstrikes on Aleppo in the last 48 hours, targeting mostly civilian areas.
In a statement released by the HNC on Tuesday, Almeslet said that up to 8,000 civilians in the town of Daraya are on the brink of starvation due to continued siege, adding that a crippling siege in Homs is depriving around 250,000 civilians of basic necessities.
Almeslet added: “The international community’s failure to stop the bombing and besiegement of our civilians causes the deaths of innocents every single day across Syria.”
“The Assad regime’s continued blocking of humanitarian aid and violations of the cessation of hostilities shows a blatant disregard for the regime to adhere to internationally agreed upon resolutions,” Almeslet said.
Almeslet went on to say: “Because the international community has not been able to guarantee the security of the Syrian people, the HNC’s Chief Negotiator Mohammed Alloush has stepped down from his position. Our people are dying, our cities are burning to the ground, and yet the world stands idly by.”
Almeslet pointed out that Alloush will remain part of the HNC’s delegation to Geneva as a security and military expert.
Almeslet said that the HNC proposed to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon a truce to be enforced during the month of Ramadan, which begins on Monday. (Source: Agencies)