Damascus (AsiaNews) - "The pope's appeal for a political solution to the
Syrian conflict has struck a chord in the Assad government. In the past few
days, it has broadcast the pontiff's message on local newspapers and TV
stations," Mgr Mario Zenari, Vatican nuncio to Damascus, told AsiaNews. According
to the prelate, the extraordinary release of the pope's
words shows "that the country's is at a dead end. The war will not have
winners and losers." For Mgr Zenari, "a military victory by the government or
the rebels would lead Syria to collapse."
The situation of confusion and chaos caused by the war is confirmed by
recent reports out of Aleppo and other areas affected by shelling and fighting.
In the main cities, rebel forces are barely hanging on under the pressure of
the army's offensive. However, Both sides have displayed the same ferocity and
Dramatic images of summary executions and beatings by pro-Assad forces
have already appeared. Now, a video was
posted online yesterday showing the rebels' own ferocity against an alleged
member of the shabiha, the regime's paramilitary militia. Human Rights Watch condemned
the act, calling it a possible crime against humanity.
Local sources confirmed allegations that alleged regime loyalists are
being slaughtered, targeted by unusually violent attacks. The methods are the
same as those of the army.
Today, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights blamed the army for the
slaughter of 43 rebels in Jdaidet Artou (Damascus), an action Syrian authorities took responsibility, claiming however
that rebels were killed during military operations.
Unedited and unfiltered reports have spread the idea that war against
Assad was the only solution, sources explain.
Despite announcements that the regime was on the brink of collapse, its
leaders have shown no intention of giving in.
For experts, both sides will continue fighting so long as they get
weapons. The conflict could last another year until the country is exhausted and
"People are uncertain and fearful of the future," Mgr Zenari noted. "The
war is affecting the entire country. Even in Damascus, there is little food,
work and security."
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that three
million Syrians are in a critical situation. An additional 200,000 found refuge
in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.
"The political path indicated by the pope is the only solution," the
prelate said. "The international community must go back to it and put pressure
on rebels and the regime. A serious political compromise is worth more than a
senseless and baseless conflict." (S.C.)