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Aleppo falls to Syrian regime

Posted by Tip Staff - December 22, 2016


 

The Syrian government has taken complete control over the city of Aleppo, its state-run media announced Thursday. This victory for the regime of Bashar al-Assad is a major turning point in the country’s five-year civil war, which has already left 400,000 dead civilians in its wake—many of them women and children.
Evacuations of civilians from Aleppo have been marred by blood and chaos: Hezbollah and Shiite militias fighting on behalf of Assad have been accused of committing massacres. Shiite militiamen commanded by Iran forced refugees off evacuation buses last week, ordered them to strip, and then killed the individuals on the spot in front of their family members.
The American ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, delivered a strong condemnation earlier this month: “Aleppo will join the ranks of those events in world history that define modern evil, that stain our conscience decades later. Halabja, Rwanda, Srebrenica, and, now, Aleppo.”
She continued, “To the Assad regime, Russia, and Iran, your forces and proxies are carrying out these crimes. Your barrel bombs and mortars and airstrikes have allowed the militias in Aleppo to encircle tens of thousands of civilians in your ever-tightening noose...Are you truly incapable of shame? Is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child that gets under your skin?”
The Syrian government’s victory was made possible largely through, with the help of its Russian ally, a deliberate strategy of bombing hospitals—including children’s hospitals—and civilian infrastructure such as elementary schools.

 

The United Nations Security Council has postponed a vote on an anti-Israel resolution that was set to take place on Thursday afternoon, The Times of Israel reported.
Egypt, which introduced the resolution, requested the delay following “high level” contacts with Israel. No alternate date and time for the vote has been announced, with one unnamed western diplomatic source telling Reuters that it was postponed “potentially indefinitely.”
The resolution sought to declare that any activity involving Israeli communities beyond the 1949 armistice agreement lines “has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.”
Concern over the measure prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to call on the United States to abide by its long-standing commitments and exercise its veto, as it did over a similar resolution in 2011. Washington has historically vetoed anti-Israel resolutions at the UN, with Democratic and Republican administrations, both houses of Congress, and multiple foreign policy experts, including veteran peace negotiators, stressing that Israeli-Palestinian peace can only be reached through bilateral negotiations.

 

Israel’s internal security agency busted a Hamas cell that was planning to carry out suicide bombings and shooting attacks in recent months, Israeli media reported Thursday. The Shin Bet announced that the cell consisted of more than 20 members operating in the Nablus area of the West Bank. The cell was "hierarchical and organized” and in a state of “high readiness to carry out deadly suicide attacks.” Almost 15 pounds of explosive material intended for suicide bombings in Jerusalem, Haifa, and other elsewhere in Israel, as well as several M-16 rifles, were confiscated by Israeli security forces. The Shin Bet said, “This investigation shows, once again, the great efforts made by the terrorist organization Hamas to establish infrastructure in the West Bank with the aim of carrying out attacks against Israel.”
Earlier this month, the Shin Bet announced the arrest of a seven-man Hamas cell in the West Bank, which was planning to kidnap an Israeli soldier in order to negotiate the release of a convicted terrorist. The terrorist in question, Ibrahim Abdallah Ranimat, 58, orchestrated the kidnapping and murder of IDF soldier Sharon Edri in 1996, as well as a suicide bombing attack on a Tel Aviv cafe in 1997, which claimed the lives of three women and wounded 48 others.

 
After years of carrying 26-pound batteries on their backs to power blood-warming equipment for injured soldiers, two Israel Defense Forces paramedics independently vowed to invent a better solution. They happened to meet eight years ago and began collaborating on a technological breakthrough for utmost efficiency in warming blood and IV fluids, according to Ariel Katz, executive director for commercial affairs at QinFlow,  short for Quality in Flow, the company the partners established in 2008. Temperature management is a key component in saving victims of trauma, Katz explains. “In an environment where every second counts, a product that is operated with just one on/off button, warms fluids in seconds, and doesn’t need calibration or intense training, spare parts or maintenance, and still delivers very high performance is something that emergency-care professionals appreciate very much,” Katz tells ISRAEL21c. (via Israel21c)


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