Aleppo Mayor’s Desperate Plea For Help

Intensive machine-gun shoot have been witnessed in eastern Aleppo. An Shite forces loyal to Syrian government Army shot three people including a volunteer helping injured during bombardment. Medical services tried to evacuate people in need of medical attention on Thursday when the Assad loyal forces fired on convoy, the head of the ambulance service confirmed.

“The convoy was shot at by regime forces and we have three injured, one of them from civil defense … They were brought back to besieged areas,” ambulance service Ahmed Sweid told the pro-opposition Orient TV.

The vehicles had intended to leave under a deal to evacuate people from rebel areas following rapid advances in Aleppo by government forces.

Earlier organization “The White Helmets” informed about injury of its workers and volunteers.

A Reuters agency witness in nearby government-held territory heard a burst of gunfire that lasted several minutes.

An official with an Aleppo rebel group said the medical convoy had stopped before clearing the besieged eastern part of the city.

On Thursday Ms. Brita Hagi Hasan, a mayor of Eastern Aleppo, in her heart-wrenching message to the European Union’s leaders that begin its summit today, expressed her desperation. “I do not ask you to save our narrow streets, our markets, our walls, they are gone. I do not ask you to save deceased souls, they are gone. I do not ask you to save the freedom, its gone” – she said. “I ask for something more. I ask you to save the rest of our lives, our women and our children, by opening corridor.” – Ms. Hasan wrote.

She also informed EU leaders that she will come to Brussels to tell her testimony standing at the EU Council building on Friday.

(Reuters, RFE, pht)