August 11, 2016
UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM CONDEMNS DELIBERATE ATTACKS ON CIVILIANS IN ALEPPO BY THE ASSAD REGIME
URGES IMMEDIATE HUMANITARIAN ACCESS AND PROTECTION OF CIVILIANS STILL AT RISK
Releases new film “#SaveSyria"
WASHINGTON, DC -- The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is alarmed by the desperate conditions facing civilians in eastern Aleppo, Syria, who are denied access to food and life-saving humanitarian assistance and face constant bombing and other indiscriminate attacks.
Unless the international community takes immediate steps to protect civilians from mass atrocities and ensures their access to outside humanitarian assistance, eastern Aleppo and its remaining residents could face annihilation in the coming weeks and months.
“The world is facing another Srebrenica moment,” said Cameron Hudson, Director of the Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, “There can be no greater priority right now than guaranteeing humanitarian access, protecting civilian populations and preventing a massive, imminent loss of life.”
To aid in raising awareness and to join the call from many Syrian survivor and humanitarian groups, the Museum today has unveiled a new film in its Wexner Center and online entitled, “#SaveSyria,” which documents some of the recent atrocities faced by civilians in Aleppo and tells the stories of Syrian-American doctors seeking to assist.
The actions of the Assad government have already claimed the lives of more than 400,000 civilians and displaced half the country. The death toll could nearly double if the more than 300,000 residents of eastern Aleppo, including its 120,000 children, are not protected from continued bombardment and gain secure access to water, food, medicine and other aid.
President Bashar al-Assad and his government are committing crimes against humanity and war crimes against civilians, including acts of mass killing, torture and targeted attacks on medical facilities and health care providers. The denial of humanitarian assistance and the regime’s intentional starvation of this population through a siege are war crimes. The government has used these same tactics over the past five years in eastern Homs, Idlib and numerous other towns and cities, leading to large-scale loss of life.
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