Mar­ket atroc­ity shows bro­kers un­con­cerned with at­tacks

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - PAGE TWO -

BEIRUT (AP) — One day af­ter a fe­ro­cious at­tack on a mar­ket in north­ern Syria killed more than 60 peo­ple, the col­lec­tive si­lence from the three ar­chi­tects of an agree­ment to ease fight­ing in Syria raised se­ri­ous ques­tions about their com­mit­ment to pro­tect civil­ians caught in the cross­fire of the coun­try’s dev­as­tat­ing civil war.

Turkey, Rus­sia and Iran are the guar­an­tors of an agree­ment meant to freeze the lines of con­flict in Syria and pro­tect against the sort of hor­ror that be­fell mar­ket­go­ers Mon­day in the town of Atareb.

“It doesn’t seem to mat­ter if we are bombed or not,” said Fayyad Ak­oush, 26, who es­caped from a gro­cery that was dam­aged by the at­tack.

There were at least three airstrikes on the mar­ket, which de­stroyed one build­ing and dam­aged sev­eral oth­ers, ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses and the Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights mon­i­tor­ing group. Shop­pers were crushed un­der the rub­ble or blown apart by the blasts.

The Syr­ian Civil De­fense search-and-res­cue vol­un­teers said they gave up hope of find­ing more sur­vivors and were still dig­ging for bod­ies of the miss­ing.

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