Thursday, October 31, 2013

Starvation Is Now The Weapon Of Choice For The Syrian Regime

INSIGHT-Starvation In Syria: A War Tactic -- Reuters

* Food, medicine, people blocked from areas of Syria
* One million Syrians trapped in areas where aid is stalled - UN
* Residents of besieged town eating leaves and grass
* Doctors say children dying of malnutrition
* Evacuees of besieged town fired on - state media

DAMASCUS, Oct 30 (Reuters) - One Syrian security official called it the "Starvation Until Submission Campaign", blocking food and medicine from entering and people from leaving besieged areas of Syria.

Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have used partial sieges to root out rebel forces from residential areas during the civil war. But a recent tightening of blockades around areas near the capital is causing starvation and death, residents and medical staff say.

At an army checkpoint that separates government-held central Damascus from eastern suburban towns earlier this month, a thin, teenage boy on a bicycle circled a soldier and begged to be allowed to take a bag of pita bread, a staple food, into the eastern suburbs. The soldier refused but the boy kept begging for "just one loaf".

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More News On Starvation Being Used As The Weapon of Choice For The Syrian Government

Hunger the weapon of choice for Syria's Assad regime -- The Independent
Fears for Syrians 'still trapped' in Damascus suburb -- BBC
Starved Syria civilians flee besieged Damascus suburb -- BBC
Starved Syrians flee besieged Damascus suburb -- Euronews
Hunger consumes life in suburb of Damascus, Syria -- L.A. Times
Thousands flee Syrian town after rare cease-fire deal -- Al Jazeera

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