Anger at plan of Syrian President Bashar Assad

September 29, 2015 3:04 am


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For two years, Raed Saleh, leader and spokesman of the White Helmets,
a movement of 2700 local civilian volunteers, has been digging ’s
inhabitants out of its rubble.
Today, he is speaking on the
sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, where leaders will
gather with a new policy in force: to keep President Bashar al-Assad in
place, for the time being.
It is a policy, Saleh believes, that will worsen the flood of his countrymen pouring across Europe.

“Why are refugees going to Europe? Because of a lack of
hope, because of a lack of a vision for a peaceful future,” he told the
Daily Telegraph.
“While the killing machine of Bashar al-Assad
continues to win time, and the face of the international community is
turned only to Islamic State [Isis], people will continue to escape
death in Syria.”

Calculations vary, but the most reliable estimates, cited by
Irin, the UN-linked agency, suggest the Assad regime has been
responsible for three quarters of all civilian deaths this year, and
seven times as many as Isis.
Between a fifth and a quarter of all
civilian deaths – estimates range from 85,000 to 110,000 over the
course of the war – have come from a single cause: bombing by the
regime’s air force and helicopters.
Saleh, who sold electronics
before the war, joined a squad of volunteer rescue workers after
witnessing a bomb attack in 2013. He says the group has rescued more
than 24,500 people from bombed buildings across Syria.
He blames
Assad for the rise of Isis, saying it is “the tail of the snake, where
Assad is the head. If you just bomb one, you will only hit the tail and
you won’t kill the snake”.

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