Market atrocity shows brokers unconcerned with attacks
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.