Eye on the world: Humanity in Syria

The humanitarian crisis caused by the nearly six-year-long Syrian civil conflict intensified in the past week. Indiscriminate bombing in Aleppo has caused many civilian casualties. In “The real battle in Aleppo and Mosul” the Editorial Board of The Christian Science Monitor states that “the world’s main body for protecting civilians in war zones, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), is closely watching … Syria’s attack on pro-democracy rebels in Aleppo.” The violence includes “randomly striking schools, hospitals, and anyone who even moves on the streets of eastern Aleppo.” The international community has called for an immediate cease-fire and has voiced concern about violation of war crimes. As the Editorial Board writes: “For more than a century, the principles of the Geneva Conventions have become steadily accepted by much of humanity. In Aleppo and Mosul, the world can hope that this progress continues.”

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