Continued violence in Syria

THERE is no let-up in the ongoing violence in Syria and the United Nations has warned that there might be worst humanitarian crisis in the making as thirty thousand people were displaced just this month alone in southern parts of the country. Idlib province and adjacent rural areas form the largest piece of territory still held by Syria’s beleaguered rebels, worn down by a succession of government victories in recent months. President Bashar al-Assad has now set his sights on Idlib, and his forces have stepped up bombardment of the densely populated province since the beginning of the month, prompting residents to flee in large numbers.
One can imagine the magnitude of the emerging crisis from a UN report that says as many as 800,000 people could be displaced by a regime assault on Idlib and surrounding areas. Some three million people live in the zone now, about half of them already displaced by the brutal seven-year war and others heavily dependent on humanitarian aid to survive. Syrian conflict has already killed 350,000 people and forced millions more out of their homes. During the seven-year war, both sides have been accusing each other of using chemical weapons but the world community, which is sharply divided over the conflict, has miserably failed to ensure safety and security of innocent population.
Though Syrians Government, backed by Russia and Iran, claims to have gained control of most of the territories but the civil war could continue for an indefinite period if no genuine and sincere efforts were made to resolve the conflict in a political manner. As there is no military solution of the problem, it is advisable both for Government and Opposition to come to the negotiating table and resolve the long-drawn conflict on a give-and-take basis, otherwise as predicted by former Arab League and United Nations envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi several years ago, the Syrian civil war would end with the ‘Somalisation’ of Syria.

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