The following video contains very disturbing footage of wounded and dead Syrians, including children – but this is reality under Assad:
One cause of the carnage:
Human Rights Watch has received information about more than 35 cluster bomb strike sites. The locations illustrate the broad scope of the use of cluster bombs. Videos and photos of cluster bomb remnants indicate that the Syrian air force has used at least 46 cluster bombs. Human Rights Watch has identified at least 136 unexploded bomblets from the attacks, all of which pose grave dangers to civilians. [This is] probably only a partial indication of the actual totals.
And the regime's ruthless tactics include bombing bakeries and funeral processions:
Nearly a dozen bakeries have been attacked since July when Aleppo, once the country's commercial hub, became one of the main battlegrounds in the conflict."They are directly targeting the bakeries because many people gather there. Why are they shelling it? There aren't any Free Syrian Army fighters," Abu Firas said, referring to the main rebel group. "The regime wants life to stop."
A snapshot from the rebel-held town of Marea:
Almost everyone we meet has lost someone to the enemy in the sky – here, a boy was shot dead from the air as he rode his motor bike – there, a group of teenage lads were blown to pieces by a bomb dropped from a MiG fighter as they loaded potatoes onto a truck. There seems to be no object to the random bombing, other than to sow terror.
And the death toll is mounting:
[M]ost activists have made a difficult transition: No longer demonstrators, they now risk their lives as relief volunteers amid a worsening humanitarian crisis in a conflict that has claimed an estimated 30,000 lives. An estimated 1.2 million Syrians have been displaced, and an additional 1 million are in urgent need of assistance because they have run out of money for food and other necessities, according to the United Nations.
Reports suggest there may be a ceasefire over the weekend for the Eid al-Adha holiday, but there are also reasons to think it won't materialize. A sliver of good news: word comes today that Aleppo may finally be falling to the rebels.