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New York Times : "Syrian Group: Rebels Preventing Refugees From Fleeing Aleppo"

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A Syrian monitoring group alleged Tuesday that rebels are preventing dozens of families from fleeing eastern Aleppo as Russian ­backed government forces intensify their bombardment of the besieged quarter.

Such claims are difficult to verify and often distorted owing to the propaganda value of the matter.

Syrian and Russian state media maintain that rebels are holding the enclave's 275,000 remaining inhabitants hostage to use as human shields.

Opposition outlets on the other hand want to show that civilians will never accept returning to the government's heavy­handed rule

A resident of Aleppo's frontline Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood corroborated the report by the Britain­based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, which maintains a network of contacts among both government and antigovernment institutions.


Hajj Mohammed al­Jasim told The Associated Press his uncles' families were trying to cross from the Bustan al­Basha neighborhood in the east to the predominantly Kurdish enclave of Sheikh Maqsoud.

"They've wanted to cross for a while because the circumstances have become very difficult," said al­Jasim, who confirmed his location near the al­Riz crossing via
phone location services.

He said his relatives told him they were prepared to cross during the day but were advised by three rebel groups to wait until dark.

"Then in the evening, (the rebels) began to fire at the crossing" to prevent passage, al­Jasim said. He said about fifty families were waiting to cross.

The autonomous Kurdish defense forces, the YPG, have promised housing in Sheikh Maqsoud to any families who cross, or secure passage on to opposition ­held
Azaz or Kurdish ­held Afrin
, two towns north of Aleppo, according to the al­Jasim.
The Observatory reported 100 families are waiting to cross, while Ahmad Hiso Araj, a political official for the YPG ­aligned Syrian Democratic Forces, said 250
civilians were prepared to go.
He said they were communicating with their relatives in Sheikh Maqsoud to evacuate Bustan al­Basha.

The Syrian army declaration read on State TV also comes as the pace of government warnings to the residents of the besieged rebel­held part of eastern
Aleppo city rises. An announcement Tuesday urged armed opposition groups to allow civilians to exit the besieged enclave through government ­designated
corridors. Another urged residents to cooperate with government forces. A third called on residents to avoid going out in the streets except in "dire need" and to stay
clear of areas where armed groups operate

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/11/22/world/middleeast/ap-ml-syria-.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0
 

mercenar1e

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known about this for weeks and they're supposed to be the good guys right? the UN also talked about it recently.
 

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Syrian and Russian state media maintain that rebels are holding
the enclave's 275,000 remaining inhabitants hostage to use as human shields.

lol

ok

known about this for weeks and they're supposed to be the good guys right? the UN also talked about it recently.

Yeah the ones carpet bombing the city for years with warplanes and bombers are real good guys, am i rite?
 

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known about this for weeks and they're supposed to be the good guys right? the UN also talked about it recently.

Everyone is a good guy for the US until they aren't. They used to call the Mujahideen of Afghanistan brave and freedom fighters when they fought against the Soviets but then became brutal Taliban and terrorists when they turned those guns on the US. Right now, the Houthis of Yemen are in the same position as the rebels in Syria but because they oppose a US backed and Saudi allied government, the US stays silent on them being bombed to smithereens by the Saudis or equipping them in the same way.
 

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I don't know why everyone is looking for a good guy / bad guy here. The fact that Russia and Assad's regime have engaged in sickening war crimes does not give rebels carte blanche. This is a nightmarish conflict in which neither side is a "good guy." The rebels certainly have cause to clash with their government but that doesn't mean it's OK for them to do anything and everything to get ahead in that conflict.
 
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