UN CALLS FOR PAUSE IN ASSAULT IN RAQQA




İrem Uzun –TDO- The UN called US-led-coalition forces for a humanitarian pause in air strikes to allow an estimated 20.000 civilians to escape from Raqqa.    

Syrian war is in its seventh year, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 465,000 people have lost their lives in the deadliest conflict of the 21st century, while 12 million Syrians have been displaced from their homes.  

According to the Amnesty International’s report, hundreds of civilians have been killed since the assault in June; ISIS booby troops and snipers target anyone trying to flee. UN accuses Islamic State fighters of doing their absolute best to use civilians as human shields. On Thursday, the Amnesty said that US-led coalition campaign to drive the ISIS out has caused the death of hundreds of civilians and others face greater risk. “Inside Raqqa city, on both sides, conditions are very bleak and it is very hard to assist in all areas… People that came out cannot risk air raids, now it is time to think of possibilities, pauses or otherwise that might facilitate the escape of civilians…. I cannot think of a worse place on Earth now,” Jan Egeland, UN humanitarian advisor on Syria.      

Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International's senior crisis response adviser reported that things would get more dangerous because the battle reaches its final stages in the city centre. "More can and must be done to preserve the lives of civilians trapped in the conflict and to facilitate their safe passage away from the battleground,” she said.