PITAPOLICY believes that Qusair/Qusayr represents the standstill of politicking at the United Nations…below we have broken down the besieged Qusair into Politics, Impact, Technology, and Analysis that have developed since Senator John McCain’s visit to Syria.
Al Jazeera Reports: UN wants safe corridor for Syrian citizens. Government troops backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters pound Qusayr, as UN calls for residents to be allowed to flee.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, Rupert Colville, Pillay’s spokesman, said the humanitarian corridor could only be created if both sides agreed.
“Some of those wounded will clearly die if they don’t get medical treatment,” Colville said.
“There should be a ceasefire at least and they let the civilians and the wounded get out and also let some aid in as well. Civilians who stay behind will need food and water.
“International law does require fighting forces to allow aid to civilians in this sort of situation.”
BBC Reports on Qusair/Qusayr ‘s Humanitarian Crisis: The Red Cross has expressed alarm over the situation in the besieged Syrian town of Qusair, and has appealed for immediate access to deliver aid.
Thousands of civilians are believed to be trapped as pro-government forces battle rebels, with medical supplies, food and water scarce.
Reuters reports: Sophisticated technology from Russia and Iran has given Syrian government troops new advantages in tracking and destroying their foes, helping them solidify battlefield gains against rebels, according to Middle Eastern intelligence officials and analysts.
The technology includes increased numbers of Iranian-made surveillance drones and, in some areas, anti-mortar systems similar to those used by U.S. forces to trace the source of mortar fire, the officials and experts said. Syrian military units also are making greater use of monitoring equipment to gather intelligence about rebel
Analysis: Russia…Cutting off Nose to Spite Its Face
NPR: A City of Assad Supporters in War-Ravaged Syria listen here.
- Russia blocks
@UN “Declaration of Alarm” DESPITE that the International Red Cross has called for immediate access to besieged #Qusair http://bbc.in/10QrG8E ht @bbcnews
- Russia blocks draft text because the the United Nations had “failed to speak out when
#Qusair was seized by rebels” #CuttingoffNosetoSpiteItsFace MT @ICRC