December 14, 2016 The desperate pleas of the Syrian people in eastern Aleppo continued Wednesday on social media, as they spent another day under intense bombardment. A second cease fire deal in as many days is said to be underway after world leaders demanded a new deal.
In recent days, journalists and civilians in Aleppo have shared what they believed could be their posts on social media. On Wednesday, one Syrian activist, Lina Shamy pleaded with her followers around the world to “do something” in posts and videos on Twitter. Despite the pleas, and UNICEF calls for urgent action to help over 100,000 children trapped in war-torn Aleppo, world leaders have watched in silence.
CNN reports that a spokesman for the Ahrar al-Sham rebel group, Ahmad Qurah Ali, announced yet another cease fire deal was reached late Wednesday and injured people will be allowed to be evacuated beginning in the morning. The original ceasefire brokered with the help of Turkey and Russia on Tuesday, after a brief cease fire that was to begin evacuating civilians from Aleppo Wednesday morning — collapsed less than a day after it began.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he was appalled by the ceasefire agreement’s swift collapse, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the Syrian regime of breaking. In a statement on Wednesday, the U.N. Commissioner said:
“While the reasons for the breakdown in the ceasefire are disputed, the resumption of extremely heavy bombardment by the Syrian government forces and their allies on an area packed with civilians is almost certainly a violation of international law and most likely constitutes war crimes.”
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."