A representative of the Syrian Civil Defence (
The White Helmets) addresses a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Open Meeting on besieged Aleppo.
“We are speaking about a siege of 350,000 people, not 10, or 50, or a 100 people. We are talking about 350,000 humans.
A huge humanitarian disaster that will shame humanitarian organisations forever.”
Anna Nolan, director of The Syria Campaign, tweetz:
Dark day for international community when
Syrian Civil Defence who are picking up the bodies also have to tell UNSC [United Nations Security Council] to do their jobs…
Watch the meeting live
Video via Anna Nolan
Decent Syrian Rap.
Kevin Jenkinson writes;
On the day of the 5th year anniversary of the conflict in Syria, this is a video made by Ireland’s Concern Worldwide of Syrian refugee kids rapping in Lebanon.
Syria’s allies and enemies after five years of war (Al-Jazeera)
On King Street South, Dublin.
Dave Williams, of GOAL, tweetz:
‘ to mark five years of war in Syria. Rockets are killing people there every day; we want to show why Syrians are fleeing their country. rocket
Syria’s civil war: five years of Guardian reporting (The Guardian)
Of this real-life account of a refugee child’s crossing from Syria to Lesbos, UNICEF sez:
7-year-old Malak fled with her family from war-torn Syria and braved a dangerous journey across the Mediterranean. “I had a lot of friends, now there is no one left,” Malak says.
More on Malak’s story here.
Meisha Downey (left) and Lily Smullen light a candle “for the children of Syria this Christmas” on behalf of Goal. The conflict has contributed to “the worst refugee crisis since World War II”. GOAL is calling for “united action at European level on Syria and the refugee crisis”.
Yesterday: Meanwhile, On Chois
BAE Systems jumped four points at start of trading, just hours after its
Tornado jetsUK bases in Cyprus to bomb Omar oilfields. left
Arms manufacturers stocks soar after UK decision to join Syria bombing (CommonSpace)
Avon Barksdale writes:
I wonder how many British MPs had investments….
As British MPS
debate the use of air strikes on ISIS rebels in Syria….
Fourty-eight per cent of voters now back Cameron’s proposal to bomb Isis in Syria,
a drop from 59 per cent before the prime minister addressed parliament last week.
The number of people opposed to the idea of airstrikes has also since grown considerably from 20 per cent to 31 per cent, while 21 per cent say they are still undecided.
Syria air strikes: Public support falls as Parliament prepares to vote (Independent.co.uk)
Montage via John Paul Watson
Damage at a site hit by what activists said were Russian air strikes in the town of Ariha, Syria yesterday.
Syria airstrikes: Jeremy Corbyn gives Labour MPs free vote (Independent.co.uk)