Syria had been under under Civil War since 2011. The war started with nationwide protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The president responded with violent crackdowns against groups who are protesting his administration. The situation developed to armed rebellion by the Free Syrian Army, of which advance weapons are given by the CIA and Gulf countries.
In the east of Syria, the ISIS perseveres. The group has since been being pursued by heavy airstrikes conducted by the US-led coalition consist of Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Russia has joined in in September – sending its warplanes and missiles in a move to pulverized the ISIS, including all terrorist organizations fighting against the Assad regime, including the US-backed Syrian army. Iran and Hezbollah have also sent their troops. (Click here to read more about the war in Syria.)
Have you ever wondered how the typical Syrian family shelter themselves from the heavy bombings and missiles launched by these participating countries? An amateur video, exclusively seen by CNN, has the answer.
In the video, small children, babies, fathers and mother, hide under mattresses to safeguard themselves from the airstrikes, as if these mattresses will really cover them from looming death. According to CNN, the families are the poor farmland residents who cannot migrate into other safer countries.
If they’re lucky to evade bombs and missiles, there is another killer they have to face. One mother in the video showed her daughter’s pajama, saying that it will not be enough to protect her child from the cold when winter comes. During summer, heat burns them. “In the cold days, the cold kills us,” the mother said in the video as reported by CNN.
Meanwhile, U.S. and Russian defense officials signed a memorandum of understanding on Oct. 20 on air safety in Syria. There is no MOU to come out yet to discuss the safety of civilians on the ground. Maybe both countries assume that their airstrikes are hitting their legitimate targets 100 percent.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation said the MOU ensure that both parties will establish lines of 24-hour operational communication between the military headquarters of Russia and U.S.
The Russian ministry expressed dissatisfaction with the MOU. Apparently, it requested for U.S. to provide specific information regarding the ISIS locations in Syria in order for Russia to do necessary crosschecking before launching airstrikes. The Pentagon rejected this. Russian negotiators would also want for closer interaction in situations of aircraft shootdown or emergency landing be included in the MOU. Pentagon also rejected this.
Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook stressed that the MOU does not establish zones of cooperation, intelligence sharing or any sharing of target information in Syria. “The discussions through which this MOU was developed do not constitute U.S. cooperation or support for Russia’s policy or actions in Syria. We continue to believe that Russia’s strategy in Syria is counterproductive and their support for the Assad regime will only make Syria’s civil war worse,” Cook told press.
The Russian defense Ministry on the other hand said that the MUO is in no way an indication that indicates change to the Russian position of principle. It upholds that Russian forces are operating at the request of legitimate authorities in Syria. “While projection of force of the United States and the Counter-ISIL coalition led by Washington on the territory of Syria without the consent of Damascus and in the absence of relevant UN Security Council resolution represents negligence of the international law,” the Ministry said.