Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

February 3, 2016

Baathists emulate Israel’s war on Gaza

Filed under: Syria — louisproyect @ 5:34 pm

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The Syrian army has warned residents of Aleppo they face “bloodshed”, “destruction” and the death of their loved ones if they do not expel rebel fighters from the city within 48 hours, in leaflets dropped from government helicopters.

Pro-opposition news sites published one of the leaflets, which they said were dropped on Tuesday night over rebel-held districts of Aleppo.

The leaflet told residents: “The war is coming to its end. It will be tragic for all of us if it ends with the death of your loved ones and the destruction of your homes,” the Arabic leaflet read.

“The leaders of the Arab Syrian Army are proposing [either] bloodshed or [a chance to] avoid this fate by expelling the foreign and intruding fighters from your area – safe passage for their exit will be arranged.”

The leaflet offered safety to local fighters provided that they hand over their weapons and all foreigners fighting in their ranks – it did not specify which specific groups or nationalities it addressed.

See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/leaflet-dropped-aleppo-warns-bloodshed-or-withdrawal-foreign-fighters-753915475


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Thousands of people are fleeing a border town in the Gaza Strip after Israel dropped leaflets warning of stepped up attacks on the sixth day of an offensive. Meanwhile, an Israeli commando squad crossed into Gaza today to destroy a Hamas rocket-launching site.

The commando raid is the first incursion of Israeli troops into Gaza since the beginning of the offensive, which Palestinian health officials say has killed 170 and wounded more than 1,100 others.

NPR’s Ari Shapiro, reporting from Jerusalem, says that up until now, it’s been entirely an air war. The deployment of the Israeli commandos, who arrived from Gaza’s Mediterranean side via an amphibious operation, represents “a significant shift, but it’s not yet the all-out invasion that many fear,” Ari tells Weekend Edition Sunday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated Sunday that the Israeli army was “prepared for any possibility.”

“I don’t know when the operation will end, it might take much more time,” Netanyahu said in broadcast remarks before his weekly Cabinet meeting.

The air-dropped leaflets warned Gaza residents that failure to comply with instructions to evacuate “will endanger their lives and the loves of their families,” according to Reuters. The area is home to at least 100,000 people.


Apparently the Russians used the same tactic in their genocidal-like war:

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  1. The Baathist Army issued the same Zionist-style threat to Homs: Surrender or Face Destruction: https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/NewsReports/566565-regime-to-homs-rebels-surrender-or-face-destruction. Copy of the leaflet: https://twitter.com/NorthernStork/status/694987721815695360

    Comment by mkaradjis — February 4, 2016 @ 12:05 am

  2. Of course the Americans only dropped such leaflets on Japan after they had bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Also the important difference with the Israeli warnings is that the Gazans had nowhere to go.

    Comment by Oscar Shaw — February 10, 2016 @ 11:55 am

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