Israelis plan mass protest over Aleppo massacre
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Israelis plan mass protest over Aleppo massacre

Over 1,000 people expected to participate in human chain between US, Russian embassies to denounce murder of Syrian civilians

Syrian pro-government forces in the Jisr al-Haj neighborhood of Aleppo on December 14, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
Syrian pro-government forces in the Jisr al-Haj neighborhood of Aleppo on December 14, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)

Hundreds of Israelis are expected to attend a demonstration running between the US and Russian embassies in Tel Aviv on Sunday to denounce the international community’s failure to stop the reported massacres of civilians trapped in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo.

In a Facebook invitation, anti-racism organization Tag Meir called for Israelis to form a human chain between the two missions, which are both located on HaYarkon Street, and demand that regional and world powers “stop the massacres of civilians in Aleppo.”

The event was initially planned to take place Saturday night directly in front of the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv, but police denied the group a permit, citing a prohibitively high turnout.

Protests have been taking in cities all over the world, as people took to the streets to express their outrage at the crisis in the battered Syrian city, where the Assad regime — backed by Russia — has largely seized control after weeks of airstrikes on rebel-held areas.

Protesters hold placards during a demonstration in solidarity with the inhabitants of the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, outside the entrance to Downing Street, in central London on December 13, 2016.(AFP PHOTO / DANIEL SORABJI)
Protesters hold placards during a demonstration in solidarity with the inhabitants of the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, outside the entrance to Downing Street, in central London on December 13, 2016.(AFP/Daniel Sorabji)

In Aleppo on Saturday, trapped Syrian civilians and rebels waited desperately for evacuations to resume from an opposition enclave of the city which has fallen to the brutal onslaught by Syrian government forces.

Aleppo has been ravaged by some of the worst violence of the nearly six-year war that has killed more than 310,000 people.

The US Embassy in Tel Aviv (photo credit: Ori~/Wikimedia Commons/File)
The US Embassy in Tel Aviv (Ori~/Wikimedia Commons/File)

Thousands of trapped civilians and the last remaining opposition fighters in Aleppo were waiting for evacuations to resume on Saturday, a day after the operation was suspended by the Syrian government.

Meanwhile in New York, the UN Security Council could vote as early as this weekend on a French-drafted proposal to allow international observers into Aleppo and ensure urgent aid deliveries.

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