‘Worse number of airstrike casualties in Mosul than during Aleppo, media fails to cover‘

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‘Worse number of airstrike casualties in Mosul than during Aleppo, media fails to cover‘ – monitor
The number of civilian casualties from airstrikes by the US-led coalition in the Iraqi city of Mosul exceeds the numbers reported by the media during the operation to retake Aleppo by Syrian and Russian forces, the London-based Airwars monitoring group has said.

“Since the assault, first on east Mosul and then west Mosul began, we have seen just a remarkable change at Mosul, moving from tens of civilians reported killed every week or even every month, to hundreds reported killed every week now by coalition airstrikes,” Chris Woods, Airwars director, told RT’s Ruptly video agency.

Reports of civilian casualties have been tracked on a daily basis in Mosul since November, when Iraqi forces, supported by the US-led coalition, launched an operation against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) he said.

“We’re past the point of individual events standing out for us anymore – there’s two, three, four, five alleged incidents every day. Our researchers are having trouble just keeping up with the allegations at the moment. The intensity is so high,” Woods said.

“By the way, we’re seeing a similar number of high incidents across the border around Raqqa (IS’s last stronghold in Syria) at the moment which is almost completely unreported,” he added.

According to the Airwars director, the number of reported civilian casualties in Mosul exceeds those in Aleppo, which was liberated from terrorists by the Syrian military, with the backing of Russian Airspace Forces.

“We’re seeing worse numbers now in Mosul than we did during Aleppo. There was a report in the British Daily Telegraph over the weekend saying [that] 300 civilians died in just two neighborhoods of Mosul in a 24 hour period as a result of airstrikes,” he said.

The Aleppo operation was extensively covered by the mainstream media, which blamed Damascus and Moscow of killing innocent civilians and war crimes.

“We didn’t see that level of death in Aleppo, yet we did during, the final stages of Aleppo – in fact all through the Aleppo siege – we saw significant international media coverage. So why is there this difference? Why does [the] international media not want to engage on civilian casualties in Mosul?” Woods pointedly asked.

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Wood’s said that “if we really are seeing the worst civilian deaths now of the entire war that’s something that should be publically reflected, but also if we don’t report those deaths, that’s dangerous, because then you get someone like Trump coming along who thinks that he can order more airstrikes and order more risk to civilians because everyone around him is telling him that civilians aren’t dying.”

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The military operation in Mosul has led to a humanitarian crisis in Iraq’s second biggest city, with people already suffering by the fighting and now without food, water, and electricity. More than 200,000 refugees have fled the city since last October, according to the International Organization for Migration.

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Erdogan calls Merkel a ‘terrorist supporter,’ says Turkey will go to ECHR over Netherlands rally row

Erdogan calls Merkel a ‘terrorist supporter,’ says Turkey will go to ECHR over Netherlands rally row
Turkey will challenge the Netherlands in the European Court of Human Rights over its refusal to allow Turkish officials to enter the country and deliver campaign speeches, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned.

In an interview with A Haber television following a cabinet meeting in Ankara on Monday evening, the Turkish leader also promised to deploy “whatever sanctions we have” and to “hold the Netherlands accountable,” as quoted by Reuters.

BREAKING: Turkish President Erdogan says will go to European Court of Human Rights over Netherlands dispute

BREAKING: Turkey’s Erdogan slams Merkel for siding with Netherlands, accuses Germany of supporting terrorism.

Erdogan also repeated an earlier charge, accusing Germany, another country where speeches by Turkish politicians were canceled, of “mercilessly” supporting terrorism.

“Mrs Merkel, why are you hiding terrorists in your country?… Why are you not doing anything?” said Erdogan, adding that 4,500 dossiers sent by Ankara of mostly Kurdish terror suspects have not resulted in extraditions. “Mrs Merkel, you are supporting terrorists.”

When told of Erdogan’s comments, Merkel immediately branded them “absurd.”

The Turkish leader had previously said the German consulate in Istanbul was “aiding and abetting” terrorism, when it harbored the German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel for a month, before handing him over to the authorities. Yucel has been charged with terrorist activities and incitement, partly for covering the Kurdish PKK separatists, coinciding with vociferous protests from the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

But the row over Yucel, has been superseded by the escalating diplomatic spat, in which local and national authorities throughout Europe have denied platforms for stump speeches by Turkish politicians, aimed at persuading expats – 5.5 million Turks live abroad – to vote in favor of expanding the president’s executive powers in April’s constitutional referendum.

“Nazism, we can call this Neo-Nazism. A new Nazism tendency,” Erdogan told the interviewers on Monday, using a term that has repeatedly been used by Ankara in the past week, despite outrage in Europe.

Germany, which is home to 1.5 million Turkish voters, cited safety concerns when individual towns revoked public speech permits. Sweden and Austria have done likewise, also adding that campaigning around such a controversial referendum could inflame tensions between Kurds and ethnic Turks in their respective countries.

The Netherlands, which is facing its own parliamentary election on Wednesday, has been the most proactive in their refusals, withdrawing a landing permit for Turkey’s foreign minister last week, and escorting another minister out of the country, denying her entry to the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam.

On Monday night, Ankara announced that it had banned the Dutch ambassador from returning to the country, and would not allow any ministers to enter Turkey until the crisis is resolved.

Erdogan also accused the EU of “dishonesty” over the migration cooperation treaty signed in March 2016.

“They promised €6 billion euro of aid, but only €750 million has been received so far. They’ve also led us up the garden path with promises of visa-free travel, which was supposed to be introduced at the end of 2016, something that has not happened,” the 63-year-old Turkish leader said.

Erdogan promised to “reconsider” Ankara’s relationship with Brussels, and on Monday, two senior officials said Turkey was contemplating withdrawing from the migration deal.

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Saudi-led coalition’s port op would cut off Yemen from food & aid supplies, Russia warns

Saudi-led coalition's port op would cut off Yemen from food & aid supplies, Russia warns
The Saudi-led coalition’s plans to launch an assault on Yemen’s biggest port-city, Al Hudaydah, have caused concern in the Russian Foreign Ministry, which warns the operation would significantly worsen the humanitarian situation in the war-torn country.

The coalition’s “plans to storm Yemen’s biggest port of Hudaydah give rise to serious concerns,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement published on the ministry’s official website.

She added that battles in this area “would not only inevitably lead to a mass exodus of the [local] population but would also de facto cut the [Yemeni] capital of Sanaa from… food and humanitarian aid supplies.

Zakharova called the humanitarian situation in Yemen “catastrophic,” citing the UN who earlier said that the Yemeni people “face the specter of famine” while their country suffers from “the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.

The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman condemned a coalition airstrike on an Al Hudaydah market, in which more than 20 civilians were killed. She also said that the coalition forces’ latest offensive on the western coastal town of Mokha had led to more than 48,000 local residents fleeing their homes.

In late February, the UN reported that around 10,000 people have been killed in the country since Saudi Arabia intervened, with 7 million people close to starvation.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 7,400 people have been killed in the conflict, with around 1,400 of them being children.

Saudi-led strikes in Yemen may amount to war crimes, arms sales to Riyadh should stop – HRW to RT

Riyadh and its allies have been accused of war crimes by humanitarian groups, after airstrikes hit residential areas and public gatherings on numerous occasions.

Activists from Human Rights Watch (HRW) “were able to document 61 apparent unlawful airstrikes, all conducted by the coalition, some of which may amount indeed to war crimes and that have killed nearly 900 civilians and have hit civilian areas, including markets, schools, hospitals and private homes,” Ahmed Benchemsi, communications and advocacy director at HRW’s Middle East & North Africa division, told RT on Sunday.

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