Jackass demands no-fly zone over Syria
Raf Sanchez, Roland Oliphant, Telegraph, Sep 21 2016
Pindostan has demanded a no-fly zone over Syria to in response to a spate of airstrikes by Russian and Syrian jets that have left dozens dead and a cease-fire on the verge in danger of collapse back into full scale war. All aircraft over northern Syria must be grounded to prevent Assad’s regime from attacking civilians, Jackass said at a session of the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday. In a demand for an end to “business as usual,” Jackass said the recent bombing of a UN aid convoy that left at least 20 dead marked a “moment of truth for Russia and President Putin.” Jackass’ comments came hours after at least five staff from a French medical charity were killed when their clinic in northern Syria was hit by an airstrike, the latest in an eruption of violence since the breakdown of a week-long truce brokered by Pindostan and Russia. The Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations, known by the French acronym UOSSM, said three nurses and two ambulances drivers were killed when their medical facility was bombed outside Aleppo. Dr Khaula Sawah, the head of UOSSM USA:
This is a deplorable act against healthcare workers and medical facilities.
The strike is believed (by whom? – RB) to have been carried out by either Russia or the Syrian regime. Pindostan blamed Russia for the bombing of an Red Crescent aid convoy on Monday night, which killed around 20 people and prompted the UN to halt the delivery of aid across Syria. Meanwhile, Russian and regime forces resumed their bombardment of the rebel-held eastern half of Aleppo, with dozens of airstrikes pummeling the city. Abd’el-Kafe al-Hamdo, an opposition activist in the city, said:
It is unbelievable the number of airstrikes that are targeting Aleppo neighbourhoods.
The intensified fighting in Syria came as world powers gathered in New York for the meeting of the UNGA. Western diplomats said they were urgently trying to revive the ceasefire agreement with Russia, which they see as the only real path to slowing the violence in Syria and trying to restart political negotiations to be bring the five-year war to an end. But in a sign of increasing desperation, the two officials largely credited with achieving the ceasefire deal in the first place clashed as the UNSC met in a desperate attempt to save the ceasefire on Wednesday afternoon. Sergei Lavrov ruled out a fresh ceasefire unless “all sides” (ie Syria – RB) agreed, saying rebel groups had used previous truces as an opportunity to rearm and that Pindostan had failed to use its influence with militants to persuade them to respect the ceasefire. Jackass responded that his colleague was living in “a different universe” and accused Russia of deliberately obfuscating about the bombing of the UN aid convoy on Monday. But the bombing of the UOSSM clinic is a fresh setback as diplomats try to piece the truce back together again. The attack destroyed the three-story medical clinic and two ambulances in the rebel-held town of Khan Touman, according to the charity. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least nine militants were also killed in the strike, including some from Nusra.