With fears that Syria’s chemical weapons deal brokered by the US and Russia has only “strengthened” Bashar al-Assad’s government, one eyewitness inside Syria tells CNN the regime has stepped up its firepower in his Damascus suburb.
“We have been hit by barrel bombs for more than a month now. Just today twelve barrels were sent to Daraya,” Mohammed Abuyamen tells Christiane Amanpour.
Barrel bombs are metal cylinders filled with shrapnel and fuel, dropped from the sky. The bombs have killed dozens of civilians in the past few days, hitting targets including a mosque and makeshift school.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is the latest to speak out against these air raids: “Each and every day that the barrel-bombing of Aleppo continues the Assad regime reminds the world of its true colors”.
For his part, Abuyamen tells Amanpour he believes there’s a definite motivation behind the use of these bombs, saying “the regime is trying to show off its power while it is negotiating in Geneva, it is trying to get the strongest stand there. This is why he’s destroying the cities inside Syria, just to tell the world ‘I don’t care, I can kill everybody if you don’t accept my terms’”.
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