Statement by Dr Nabil Antaki, recorded by Silvia Cattori for Arret sur info, translated from the French by Vanessa Beeley and published on 21st Century Wire, May 1, 2016. Dr Nabil Antaki is a practicing doctor in Aleppo, Syria.
With regards to recent events in Aleppo, I state very clearly that the mainstream media are lying by omission. Since the beginning of the war in Aleppo that began 4 years ago, they have consistently failed to report all the facts.
All of us here in Aleppo are disgusted by their lack of impartiality and objectivity. They only ever talk about the loss of life in the east of Aleppo which is entirely controlled by Al Nusra, a terrorist group affiliated with Al Qaeda. These are their “moderate rebels” a title that affords them an unmerited degree of respectability.
This same media remains silent on the daily losses and suffering endured in the Western areas of Aleppo living under the rain of mortar fire from these terrorist factions. This media never mentions the terrorist blockade upon our people or the electricity cuts and water shortages inflicted upon us by their “moderate rebels”
This media never mention the continuous bombardment and the carnage we have witnessed in western Aleppo where every single sector has been targeted. On a daily basis we see dozens of people murdered.
What makes these omissions even more despicable is that these areas represent 75% of Aleppo and there are 1.5 million people living in them. Compare this to the 300,000 living in the eastern zone which is occupied by terrorist groups.
This twisted narrative engenders the belief that these terrorist groups that are attacking us are actually the victims. Even more abhorrent, these media have distorted our “Save Aleppo” appeal, to make it look as if we are calling for Assad and the Syrian Army to cease hostilities!
This is FALSE. Added to which, they are not “Assad’s forces”, they are the national forces of the regular Syrian army that is defending the Syrian State.
The western and gulf media could at least have had the decency to mention the terrorist massacres of our people. For example, on Friday 30th April, when one of their mortars targeted a mosque at prayer time.
The attacks and losses we suffer are reported in a way that leaves the public in the dark about the true perpetrators of these crimes.
For three days now, these media outlets have been accusing the “Assad regime” of bombing an MSF hospital [Medecins sans Frontieres] to the east of Aleppo and of killing the last paediatrician in the city. This demonstrates that, for these media, the only priority is this pocket of the city where terrorists are embedded.
The three quarters of Aleppo under Syrian Government control where numerous paediatricians are practicing is of no consequence for this media. We witnessed the same bias when Al Kindi, the biggest hospital in Aleppo, was targeted by terrorist mortars and then intentionally burnt down about 2 or 3 years ago. The media ignored this criminal act.
We are disheartened and disgusted by this continuous disinformation.”
–Nabil Antaki, 30th April 2016
Syria, from the sublime to the shameful, report from Aleppo, August 2015
What follows is a report from a resident of Aleppo whose identity is not revealed for reasons of security. Their reports delve deep into the terrorist underworld and expose many of the NGO and media narratives, as propaganda and hypocrisy. We are thankful to these brave, courageous people who bring us the truth from inside Syria, without them we would still be in the dark as to the extent of the terror they are forced to endure day after night at the hands of the U.S. alliance funded and armed mercenary brigades…
Fourteen killed in hospital strike in Syria’s Aleppo while UN’s de Mistura urges to protect ceasefire
At least 14 people have been killed in an airstrike on a hospital in Aleppo, with the attack having provoked a new blame game. UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura has urged all sides to avoid a “snowball effect” and protect the fragile truce.
The Al Quds hospital in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was bombed on Wednesday, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) said, adding that it supported the medical facility.
At least one airstrike hit the building directly, having completely destroyed it, MSF said citing hospital staff on the ground. At least 14 people were killed, including at least three doctors.
“MSF categorically condemns this outrageous targeting of yet another medical facility in Syria,” MSF head of mission in the country, Muskilda Zancada, said, adding that “a vital hospital in Aleppo” which primarily treated children has been destroyed this time. Al Quds was “the main referral center for pediatric care in the area,” she said.
Local opposition groups have blamed the Wednesday attack on Syrian or Russian forces, with western media having caught onto the allegations.
Russia’s Defense Ministry has denied any involvement, saying its planes have not been carrying out any airstrikes in the area for several days now. “According to our data, on the evening of April 27 in airspace above Aleppo a plane of one of the countries of the so-called anti-ISIL [Islamic State, IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] coalition was working in the area for the first time after a long break,” the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday.
The U.S. State Department has blamed the attack on Syrian government forces. “Once again we call on the regime to cease these absolutely senseless attacks,” its spokesman John Kirby said, as quoted by Reuters.
Having condemned the recent spike in violence, the UN special envoy for the Syria crisis, Staffan de Mistura called on both Russia and the US to “protect” the peace process, saying there can be no military solution to the conflict and no “plan B.”
The international negotiations were “a small, but a very special miracle … created by a high level discussion between the Russian Federation and the USA,” de Mistura told RT in an exclusive interview.
De Mistura has warned of a “snowball effect” that the Aleppo hospital attack might cause, having called on all parties to avoid any “excessive response in case of an incident, that would then produce another excessive response.”
Pointing out that the cessation of hostilities in Syria was initiated by Russia and the US and “blessed” by the UN Security Council and other countries, the envoy said that thanks to these efforts, the ceasefire has “lasted for almost 60 days… and casualties were close to zero.”
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