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Assad’s regime employs airstrikes more and more often

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The new UN Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi admits that he believes his mission is impossible. As if confirming his statement, opposition representatives report 25 people dead, including women and children, as a result of an airstrike on the city of Aleppo.

Government forces of al-Assad’s regime employ airstrikes more and more often, thereby supporting land based operations against lightly-armoured rebels in cities and rural areas across the country’s territory, BBC reports.

The rebels’ response was an explosion of a car in the middle of Damascus. As a result – several dead civilians and a heavily damaged State news agency SANA’s building. Rebels target have been targeting civilian districts with Christian communes, which, according to the rebels, support al-Assad’s regime.

In spite of unending bloodshed, Brahimi is full of confidence to arrive to Syria and meet with President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday, September 8. Also, the head of the Red Cross will also be arriving to Damascus. His mission will be to improve supplies of humanitarian aid to civilians.

As it was previously reported, the former Foreign Affairs Minister of Algeria Brahimi became the UN Special Envoy after the former peace envoy, Kofi Annan, resigned from his post. Annan resigned on August 2 because his plan failed to stop the bloodshed in Syria.

«When taking this role, I had no illusions. I know my mission is complicated and almost impossible, but I repeat – almost,»- said Brahimi.

Brahimi sees no resolution because the wave of violence in Syria only grows, while Assad’s regime and rebels are not ready to give in to each other. In addition, the UN Security Council is paralyzed by Russia and China that boycotted all resolutions the goal of which was to pressure Damascus.

Brahimi plans to use Annans peace plan as an instrument that can be adapted to the further development of the situation.

In his speech to the Syrian government, the new UN Special Envoy noted that Syria requires «fundamental and immediate» political change. At the same time, he abstained from offering al-Assad to resign from his post as the Syrian opposition and a number of Western leaders demand it.

«Changes cannot be cosmetic. The country needs a new order, but I do know who could fit the position of a new leader. The Syrians will need to decide for themselves,»- Says Brahimi.

Meanwhile, Western powers are planning to make a decision on how to act if Assad’s regime decides to use chemical or biological weapons in the civil war. «We are discussing this question with our American and British partners. If Syria employs such weapons, our response will be strong and devastating,»- said French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius.

Syria, on the other hand, claims that chemical or biological weapons will be used only in the event of external aggression.

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