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The slaughter in Syria

The US is still in shock and grief after the shooting of gorilla Harambe at Cincinnati Zoo.  Zookeepers shot to death 17-year-old gorilla Harambe at the zoo when a boy fell into the ape’s enclosure. According to the zoo administration, it was necessary because the child’s life was in danger. A large number of people all over the country condemned this decision and said the zoo administration should have acted otherwise. A Facebook page called “Justice for Harambe” was also set up and got more than 3,000 likes.

At the same day when Western media was showing sad pictures of gorilla Harambe, Russian air strikes killed more than 60 people in Rebel-held areas in Adlib, Syria. All-night air strikes and more than 40 attacks reduced several buildings to rubble and killed a large number of people, including women and children.

According to recent UN statistics, the death toll of the Syrian war has reached more than 300,000 and despite the temporary pause in Russian air strikes, Iran’s involvement is turning things from bad to worse. More than 9 million Syrians are still out of the country and trying to cross the Mediterranean in rough weather conditions. More than 2,700 people lost their lives this month alone while trying to cross Mediterranean. Despite the slaughter, the UN, world community and human rights organizations are sitting silent and doing nothing to stop the massacre.  

Khawaja Umer Farooq
Jeddah

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