As Assad and Putin media as well as more and more international news channels including German ARD and American CNN claim, rebels – “jihadis” as they call them – in eastern Aleppo kept tens of thousands, even all 275.000 civilians hostage, confirming the narrative the capture of the districts by Assad, Putin and Iran was a “liberation”, here are some thoughts and facts on it.
a) The districts held by the rebels until two weeks ago had a population of more than one million people before Assad’s bombings started in 2012. More than 70% of them left before 2016. Many fled to Turkey, many to Germany. No one stopped them.
b) Until the Castello Road – the last exit – was closed by Assad, Putin and Iran in summer, there was regular bus and private traffic between Aleppo and its suburbs. All civilians were free to leave if they wanted – if not bombed by Russia. But most just used the route for regular business and returned to their hometown. No one stopped them.
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