Syrian President committed “war crimes” with Russian support in Syria: US

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 photo released by the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks to The Associated Press at the presidential palace in Damascus, Syria. Egypt's subtle support for Assad and close ties to Russia, for example, puts the most populous Arab nation at odds with the Saudis, who support anti-government Islamist rebel groups in Syria and sees no alternative to Assad's departure. (Syrian Presidency via AP, File)

Vastavam web: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has committed “war crimes” with Russian support against his own people, the US said today, as it put the Assad regime as well as Russia “on notice” following massive civilian casualties in rebel strongholds of the strife-torn country.White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said the US is monitoring the situation in Syria, where more than 400 civilians were killed in the last five days in the regime-led air strikes and bombardments in rebel controlled areas.Assad has been committing war crimes with support of the Russians, he claimed. We don’t want that to continue, he said, adding the US is monitoring the situation.

(We) don’t want to get ahead of anything that may or may not be announced on that front. But you know the Assad regime and Russia’s actions on this front are on notice, he said when asked what more can Trump do to stop the killings.As we all know, they are backed by not only Russia but also Iran. It is a good reminder that Russia bears a unique responsibility for what is taking place there. Without Russia backing Syria, the devastation and the deaths would certainly not be occurring, she said.

During a UN Security Council meeting on Syria in New York, the US urged the 15-member body to move forward with this ceasefire and humanitarian resolution immediately. It expressed concern over the situation in Eastern Ghouta, where fresh bombardments by Syrian government yesterday killed dozens.”These are not terrorists showing up in these makeshift emergency rooms. These are civilians. They are ordinary people under attack by a barbaric Assad regime that is bent on leaving eastern Ghouta levelled to the ground, with no regard for the 400,000 men, women, and children who live there, she added.

No one needs to use their imagination to know what the Assad regime is planning, she said.She alleged that the regime wants “to keep bombing and gassing” these 400,000 people and is counting on Russia to make sure the Security Council is unable to stop their suffering.Meanwhile, a top UN official said his office has received thousands of messages from civilians under bombardment in eastern Ghouta, as he stressed for stopping hostilities in the region.