UN Spokesman describes ‘complete meltdown of humanity’ as troops loyal to Syrian president close in on last opposition-held areas.
Aleppo / Syria : As the Syrian Army offensive against rebel held territory Aleppo intensified and is in last stage to be taken back under control of Bashar Al Assad regime, there has been numerous reports of human rights violations and war crimes on civilians by the government forces being reported.
According to BBC news, The UN’s human rights office said it had reliable evidence that in four areas 82 civilians were shot on sight.
Meanwhile, the UN children’s agency cited a doctor as saying a building housing as many as 100 unaccompanied children was under heavy attack.
Rebels, who have held east Aleppo for four years, are on the brink of defeat.
Thousands of people are reportedly trapped in the last remaining neighbourhoods still in rebel hands, facing intense bombardment as pro-government troops advance.
UN points Human rights violations committed by Syrian forces
“We’re filled with the deepest foreboding for those who remain in this last hellish corner” of eastern Aleppo, UN human rights office spokesman Rupert Colville told a news conference.
He said that of the 82 civilians reportedly shot by pro-government forces, 11 were women and 13 were children.
“Yesterday evening, we received further deeply disturbing reports that numerous bodies were lying on the streets,” Mr Colville added, while admitting it was hard to verify the reports.
“The residents were unable to retrieve them due to the intense bombardment and their fear of being shot on sight.”
Meanwhile, Unicef quoted a doctor in the city as saying: “Many children, possibly more than 100, unaccompanied or separated from their families, are trapped in a building, under heavy attack in east Aleppo”.
It is hard to know exactly how many people are trapped in the besieged areas, although one US official with knowledge of efforts to secure safe passage for people in the city told the BBC that there were around 50,000 people.
Some residents have sent out messages saying they are crowded into abandoned apartments and rainy streets, unable to take shelter from the bombing, the New York Times reports.
Many are said to be fearful about what will happen to them after the city falls, particularly since the allegations of summary killings in areas that had already fallen became known.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were corpses abandoned in the streets with residents too terrified by the shelling to bury them. Real massacres were taking place in the city, the war monitor said. Jens Laerke, a UN spokesman, said it looked like there had been a “complete meltdown of humanity” in the city.
The Red Cross has urgently appealed for civilians in east Aleppo to be protected “before it is too late”, adding that it was ready to help with evacuations if an agreement could be reached as Assad’s forces closed in on remaining opposition enclaves.
“We need to act now,” said Pawel Krzysiek, the head of communications at the international committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who is in Aleppo. “We need to depoliticise the process of protecting civilians. We need to put their lives first. And we need to do it now before it is not too late.”
Heart-wrenching Good Byes from civilians
As the battle of Aleppo is about to reach its end, civilians trapped inside small Eastern area held by rebels are sharing harrowing messages which making everyone cry.
— Lina shamy (@Linashamy) December 12, 2016
This is most helpless situation for human beings where you see your death is near at any time while your crime is nothing.
Do not sleep! There are families in cold, rainy Aleppo's streets now, waiting for you to do something. Save them. We're all accountable.
— هادي العبدالله Hadi (@HadiAlabdallah) December 12, 2016
The little girl Bana Alabed who got attention from the social media after her good bye messages every night is still trapped in Aleppo with her family, according to last message, her father was injured in bombing.
My dad is injured now. I am crying.-Bana #Aleppo
— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) December 12, 2016
My name is Bana, I'm 7 years old. I am talking to the world now live from East #Aleppo. This is my last moment to either live or die. – Bana
— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) December 13, 2016
This world is very cruel!!!