Recent Attacks on Civilians in Syria

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
February 25, 2015
Relatives of Abducted Christian Man Seized by ISIL Weep Outside Their Home

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms ISIL's recent attacks on predominantly Assryian Christian villages in the northeast Syrian province of Hasakeh, where they kidnapped dozens of civilians, including women, children, priests, and the elderly. In a statement, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said:

"Hundreds of other civilians remain trapped in villages surrounded by ISIL fighters, and clashes continue between ISIL and local forces defending their communities. ISIL burned and destroyed homes and churches, and the violence has reportedly displaced more than 3,000 people. We demand the immediate and unconditional release of the civilians taken captive yesterday and of all those held by ISIL.

"ISIL’s latest targeting of a religious minority is only further testament to its brutal and inhumane treatment of all those who disagree with its divisive goals and toxic beliefs. ISIL continues to exact its evil upon innocents of all faiths, and the majority of its victims have been Muslims. People of all faiths and many religious leaders throughout the region have united in condemning ISIL’s depravity, including its mass killings, rape, sexual enslavement, lashing, stoning, crucifixion, torture, and public murders of hostages.

"Tragically, Syrians are threatened not only by ISIL’s grotesque violence and repressive ideology, but also by the Assad regime’s unrelenting campaign of terror. The regime has recently intensified its airstrikes and barrel bombing of Aleppo and continues to besiege the Damascus suburbs of Eastern Ghouta and Douma, cutting off humanitarian aid from those in need. The UN Commission of Inquiry reaffirmed the deteriorating situation last week, noting in its latest report that the Syrian people continue to suffer from the Assad regime’s airstrikes, barrel bombings, arbitrary detention, torture, sexual violence, and murder. Like ISIL, the Assad regime is showing its complete disregard for human life through these crimes.

"To bring an end to these daily horrors, we remain committed to leading the international coalition to degrade and defeat ISIL and to working towards a negotiated political solution that stops the bloodshed and secures a future of freedom, justice, and dignity for all Syrians."

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Yacub H.
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Canada
February 26, 2015
Mr. President, Mr. USA If you want to play the role of the mightiest force, then safe the poor and helpless people in Syria – al-Hasakeh province. The free world is indebted to these people. Their ancestors taught us how to read and write among other things!
Arvin D.
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United States
February 26, 2015
Don't you think that an apology is in order here?
Joseph k.
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Kenya
February 27, 2015
Any ideas and actions dedicated to boost smooth cohabiting of faiths all over the world should be upheld and supported... my pain is innocent people still die...without any instituted body in any country that is known to address this problem. we appreciate the widely celebrated freedom of worship but did the brains that set these privilege still die without a legacy to further scrutinize the effects of their set law? with the mention of bodies like the UN, whose responsibility is it to stop this religious ghost and suffering?.

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