Syria’s president Bashar Assad has issued a nationwide call-up of army reserves for the first time since the Yom Kippur War, Iran-owned Al-Alam news reported Monday. The article claimed that the reservists would likely be sent to East Aleppo, which recently fell to regime forces, and has been the scene of shocking destruction and violence against civilians.

It will never be known how many have died in the city, tens of thousands certainly is not an unfair estimate. They are just some of the 11 million Syrians displaced by war and the 600,000 or more killed. Many have accused the Syrian regime and Russia of committing war crimes, including targeting hospitals. READ MORE