An estimated 100,000 people have been killed in Syria since March 2011. Journalists, activists and civilians have been incarcerated, tortured and murdered.
Initiated during a movement known as the Arab Spring, the Syrian civil war or uprising is an armed conflict between forces devoted to the Ba’ah government and those opposing; it stems from sectarian animosity between Sunni and Shia Muslims.
Opposition forces are using mortars, ballistic missiles and homemade rockets in highly residential areas to fuel conflict. Houses are being ambushed and burned leaving devastation and chaos; nearly 1.8 million Syrian refugees have been forced to flee since the beginning of 2013.
Stand with organizations like Amnesty International: civilians must be protected under international humanitarian law from armed conflict in Syria.
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To: President of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Sheikh Moaz al-Khatib
You need to protect the lives of your innocent civilians. Hundreds are being kidnapped or killed, predominantly women and children. There needs to be an immediate demilitarization of schools, water stations and medical facilities. International aid organizations need to be allowed into your country during a “humanitarian pause” to help the sick and wounded.
[Your name here]