Exclusive: Assad set no deadline for Aleppo militants

Exclusive: Assad set no deadline for Aleppo militants
Thu Dec 26, 2013 16:06:54

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has not offered a deadline to foreign-backed militant groups operating in Syria’s Aleppo to end their battle, an advisor to Syrian President has said.

Bouthaina Shaaban, the political and media adviser to the President of Syria, denied reports by some media claiming that Assad offered militant groups in Aleppo 90 days to end their deadly war on people and the Syrian army.

Shaaban told al-Alam reporter in Damascus on Thursday that the reports were baseless and the Syrian President has had no comments regarding the matter.

Aleppo is one of the main bastions of Saudi-backed militants in Syria who have been occupying many Shia-dominated towns in the vast province, keeping some parts under a strict siege.

The two towns of Nubbul and al-Zahra in Aleppo have been blocked by militants since June 2012, which has caused residents with hardship to acquire their basic needs to survive.

Conditions are reported to be gravely hard for some 70 thousands residents of these towns as the insurgents have tightened their grip over people and carried out daily attacks on them to prevent them from contacting the army or any outsider.

Food and medicines have been scarce for months and if people survive epidemic diseases, they may lose their lives within a second at the hands of insurgents who have shown no mercy on people.

Following an all-out operation by the Syrian army in the area, militants issued a statement in which they said they have pointed their rockets toward Nubbul and al-Zahra, and they will bomb both towns if the army moved closer.

The war in Syria started 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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