According to CNN, aid organizations, like the Red Cross and Red Crescent, are now allowed to enter Baba Amr in order to give food and medical supplies to those living in the besieged area.
This progress comes at a time when the Syrian regime has moved into Baba Amr with full force, killing anyone and everyone. The Free Syrian Army has retreated from the neighborhood in an attempt to save civilians’ lives. But it has made no difference, the government army is still killing masses of people.
For instance, 17 people were beheaded or partially beheaded in a farm on the outskirts of the neighborhood, according to the article. And hundreds of bodies plague the streets.
The Syrian government has ignored a UN Human Rights Council resolution that condemned “Syria’s ‘widespread and systematic violations of human rights’ and called on the regime to permit aid groups in to distribute relief.”
This is what I was afraid of. The regime has gained too much power and it has been affirmed time and time again that their bloodshed is OK. Now, it is too late. The Syrian government is not going to listen to UN resolutions or non-binding agreements. They will only answer to one thing now: violence.
The UN needs to act quickly and decide whether to militarily intervene or to continue to find a peaceful resolution. This is a double edge sword because either way the question becomes: how many more lives will be lost?