Syria rebels may lift deadly siege on Aleppo’s villages

Syria rebels may lift deadly siege on Aleppo’s villages
Tue Jan 28, 2014 17:58:48

A strict siege imposed by Syria militants over three villages in Aleppo may be lifted as part of the agreements to be made in Syria talks, the Syrian opposition spokesman has said.

Residents of three villages of Nubul, al-Zahra and al-Foua have been suffering under a deadly siege for more than a year that has left them struggling with severe humanitarian supply shortage.

The area has also been used as human shield to stop Syrian army improvements in the vast northwestern province.

Louay al-Safi told reporters at the end of a morning session of talks in Geneva that the so-called Free Syrian Army may relieve pressure on the three villages.

The Syrian government has also pledged to help sending humanitarian aid to some areas in Homs, which was the epicenter of the war that has gripped Syria for nearly three years.

Saudi-backed groups entered Nubbul and al-Zahra at the beginning of the insurgency in March 2011, but in July 2012 they completely blocked the area letting no food, medicine and supplies to enter. No one could leave the area or enter as well.

In May 2013, a group of a thousand people tried to break the siege, but they were faced with militants who attacked the group and killed and arrested many of them.

They beheaded 10 men and hung their heads at the entrance of the area so that no one else would run.

There are daily reports of abduction and killing of citizens in the area by terrorist groups who often film their crimes and post them on the internet.

Syria sank into war in March 2011 when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of Western and regional states.

The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.


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