It sure does look like it to me. This post is by way of a storify with added contrasting/conflicting opinions and reports; you be the judge. I’m sorry once again to say that I’m not well-informed on Syria, but at both first and second blushes, this looks like agitprop rubbish, especially if one factors in human rights NGOs often aiding the Empire and NATO. As for Médecins Sans Frontières, I’m afraid that I’m agnostic due to my relative ignorance; I used to hope/believe that they were the ‘good guys’.
“As Assad and his Russian allies have systematically targeted medical facilities with airstrikes, the number of doctors in Aleppo City has plummeted into the low dozens. The number of remaining medical specialists is even smaller. Almouslem, who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology, says she is one of two doctors left — in a besieged city of 300,000 — whose professional focus is on women’s health and delivering babies.” [snip]
“Marianne Gasser, the Red Cross’s most senior official in Syria, who is currently in Aleppo, echoed O’Brien’s sentiment, calling the situation “devastating and overwhelming.” Human Rights Watch, meanwhile, called on U.S. and Russian officials “to press the Syrian government and other warring parties to allow unhindered access to aid” and noted that intentionally starving civilian populations is a war crime.
Assaults on medical facilities in Aleppo City, a well-documented tactic of the Assad government, continued through last weekend. While Almouslem’s hospital was spared this time around, at least four hospitals and a blood bank in opposition territory were battered by repeated airstrikes over two days. According to UNICEF, a pediatric hospital it supports in the neighborhood of al-Hakim — “the only one in the city” — was reportedly attacked twice in the span of 12 hours. “According to reports, a two-day-old baby died in his incubator due to interruptions in the oxygen supply as a result of airstrikes on al-Hakim,” the organization said in a statement Tuesday. Hours after the bombs began falling last weekend, Assad said he was prepared to continue peace talks.”
Another version of the ‘Saddam stole babies from incubators’ story? Weird.
Of the meager thirty-seven comments when I’d read his piece, almost all of them called bullshit on Monsieur Devareaux’s (cough) biased reporting.
@derekrford: @cordeliers @Umfuld @the_intercept “no mention that East and hospitals are under ISIL/al-Nursa control. Bc only Assad air strikes are bad.” 7:41 AM – 29 Jul 2016
‘Siege Shows U.S., Concern Trolls Hypocrisy’, via b at Moon of Alabama; an example:
“Again, like in Ramadi, there is no protest from Amnesty, HRW, the UN or any other concern peddlers over the fate of the city and its people. There was and is no outcry over the siege or the casualties in Manbij by any of the usual subjects.
Now another, third siege happens and this one exposes the utter hypocrisy of the United States and the concern trolls organizations it controls.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power condemned Syria’s leaflets, urging civilians in rebel-held East Aleppo to flee and offering them safe passage and access to temporary shelters “chilling,” insisting that the civilians must never trust a government “that’s bombed & starved them.”
Syria’s military has increased its control over the area surrounding Aleppo recently, controlling all roads leading into the east. Eastern Aleppo is controlled mostly by al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front, …
To the U.S. propagandists the siege of east-Aleppo and the offer to leave it is “chilling”, while the siege of Manbij or Ramadi never created any such bad feelings. How come?
The insurgents in east-Aleppo, mostly of al-Qaeda in Syria, are preventing any civilians from leaving through the designated corridors the besieging forces offer.
Where is the condemnation of that?
And a li’l bit of tongue-in-cheek from b, as well: “Last Hospital In Aleppo Destroyed” – Week After Week After Week?