The world must intervene before the worst humanitarian crisis of our time deteriorates even further. Israel, a nation created in the wake of the Holocaust, has a moral obligation to lead diplomatic efforts to stop the murder of civilians caught in the fighting.
More than 100,000 people have fled the rebel enclave in Aleppo to government-held areas and thousands of rebels have surrendered. But thousands of civilians remain trapped.
Hundreds of activists, aid workers, councilors, rescue workers and doctors who have received support from the West remain in Aleppo.
The White Helmets volunteers who pull the dead and wounded from the rubble after air strikes have given up and requested the immediate evacuation of their fellow workers. Doctors say they can carry out only basic first aid. Aid workers from the Red Cross, operating in areas recently captured by the regime, have found bodies trapped under the rubble and orphans who haven’t eaten for two days. Bread is in short supply.
Civilians and aid workers are reluctant to leave their homes for fear of being killed in the incessant bombing or falling into the hands of militants aligned with the Assad regime.
“Given the terrible record of arbitrary detention, torture and enforced disappearances, we are of course deeply concerned about the fate of these individuals,” a UN human rights spokesman said this week.
A deal by the UN, the US, Russia, Turkey and others is desperately needed to prevent the massacre of those civilians trapped in Aleppo.