“I think the number is far more than that,” Beres says. “It might even have reached 50,000.”
In the two weeks he spent in Aleppo, Beres treated, on average, 20-45 injured people each day. The majority were fighters with the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which is dominated by army defectors, but there were also jihadists, some of them foreigners, espousing a more radical vision for Syria’s future.
Nobody from the West has helped and that is a shame,” he says.
“I think we should have given the Syrian people weapons a long time ago. It is so unfair to let the regime of Bashar al-Assad slaughter his own people.
“The world has the blood of the Syrian people on its hands,” he says.
Beres says he was motivated to smuggle himself into Syria at great personal risk out of a sense of “humanitarian duty to heal” no matter how dangerous the environment.
“I was so impressed by the bravery of these people holding peaceful demonstrations every Friday for months, and I was so shocked that the regime was killing them with heavy weapons just for walking in the streets,” he says.
The world has no feeling at all so needs deep shock treatment.