Syrian Rebels Fire To Disperse Civilian Protest In Aleppo


July 10, 2013 – 17:03 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Syrian rebels fired into the air to disperse a
protest by civilians in a rebel-held district of Aleppo against a
blockade preventing food and medicine reaching government-held areas
of the northern city of Aleppo, residents said on Wednesday, July 10,
according to Reuters.

Rebel fighters have stopped supplies entering western Aleppo for
weeks. The tactic is aimed at weakening the supply routes of President
Bashar Assad’s forces but thousands of civilians are now left hungry,
residents say.

Video footage posted on the Internet on Tuesday showed dozens of
civilians in the rebel-held neighborhood of Bustan al-Qasr protesting
at a rebel checkpoint which prevents supplies from entering the western
part of the city, home to 2 million people and held by the army.

Although insurgents and the army control different parts of the
country, civilians are normally allowed to cross freely to shop or
meet family members and friends.

The footage, posted by the opposition Bustan al-Qasr Information
Office, showed men at the protest chanting, “the people want an end
to the blockade.” A rebel fighter brandishes a pistol and then a
gunshot is heard as the video ends.

An opposition activist group called the Aleppo Martyrs said rebels
fired at the protesters, killing one person and wounding several
others. But a resident at the protest said the man was killed prior
to the protest by army sniper fire as he tried the cross between
rebel and government-held territory.

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