Ms. Andoni says that while there are legitimate concerns over the impact on the wider region should the Assad government fall, this cannot justify support for a regime that kills civilians.
“Many people have supported the Syrian regime because of its important role in the region in countering Israeli expansionism,” she said.
“But the moment the Syrian people rose, the claim to support it because it is a resistance state is no longer valid. It does not give the state the right to kill its own people.”
“It’s nice to know you stand with us but it’s not stopping the massacre,” shouted a refugee during the French official’s visit. “We don’t want humanitarian help, we want rocket launchers and weapons.”
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