Terror attack in West Aleppo: 168 dead including 68 children

Syria Terror Aleppo
Syria Terror Aleppo

Sunday, April 16, 2017 UPDATE: 168 are now confirmed dead; 68 were children

Terrorists detonated a car bomb where buses and ambulances were parked at the al-Rashideen area of Aleppo. The terrorists had placed the explosives in a car that was loaded with children’s food supplies meant for the arriving evacuees.

The buses were filled with residents from the towns of Foua and Kefraya who were evacuating because their towns are controlled by terrorists. The terrorists had deprived the residents of food, medicine and medical aid for more than a year.

The buses were filled primarily with women, children and the elderly.

The bus stop where the bomb was placed was a transfer stop where residents from the Shi’a villages of Kefreya and Foua were to be transferred to areas of Aleppo city that are protected by the Syrian Armed Forces.

For more than two years the two villages had been repeatedly attacked by various terror groups, primarily Jaish al Fateh and Harakat Ahrar al-Sham, but also the al-Qaeda group, Jabhat al-Nusra (see bottom for descriptions of these Islamist groups).

Foua and Kafreya are in northeastern Idlib and have been under the siege of the militants of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham for months. During the last few weeks, a ceasefire agreement was made that would allow aid to reach the civilians in these towns and also to evacuate as many civilians as possible.

However, the terrorists have been ignoring the ceasefire agreement and continue to prevent aid to be given to the civilian population in the two towns.

In November, the Syrian Army was determined to end the several-month-long siege on Foua and Kafreya and deployed forces around the two besieged towns, which led to the ceasefire agreement.

The civilians in today’s buses were at first stopped from leaving after terrorists fired several mortar shells at their buses last night.

Jaish al-Fateh: During the last four years, Turkey’s President Erdogan and Saudi Arabian prince Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud joined forces in backing Islamic groups in Syria trying to overthrow the Syrian government. In 2015, Saudi Arabia and Turkey created a coalition army, an army with several divisions so it could spread itself throughout Syria. This army is Jaish al-Fateh. Both Turkey and Saudi Arabia fund and arm Jaish al-Fateh.

Jaish al-Fateh is an Islamist coalition comprised of several Islamist groups; the main ones being Jabhat al-Nusra (Syrian al-Qaeda), Harakat Ahrar al-Sham (the movement of Free Sham; or freeing Sham to Islam), the Free Syrian Army (the US-backed group), and Jund al-Aqsa (an al-Qaeda affiliate). Jaish al-Fateh means the “Army of the Opening”, as in taking a country for Islam.

Turkey allows mercenary fighters to cross the border into Syria to fight with Jaish al-Fateh.

Harakat Ahrar al-Sham (the movement to Free Sham, or freeing Sham to Islam). Sham is Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. Several Islamic terror groups are fighting for Sham—to make the entire region of Sham into an Islamic Law region; to destroy the national borders and create one Islamic Law region with only Islamic Culture.

Jabhat al-Nusra: This is al-Qaeda’s main affiliate in Syria. Jabhat al-Nusra means “victory front”. Jabhat al-Nusra, or al-Nusra, stands for the Islamic Army’s front line of fighters for Islam, and of victory for Islam. Al-Nusra has been a long time supporter of various “opposition” groups including Jaish al-Islam, Ahrar al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army (a Muslim Brotherhood group). They control enormous territory in Syria.

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Cheri Berens lives in Egypt working as a researcher for the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. She experienced Egypt’s 2011 and 2013 revolutions and witnessed the Muslim Brotherhood takeover and violence that followed.