The Hill Talk’s Glance at the Globe

UN accepts Russia’s Aleppo ceasefire proposal:  A 48-hour ceasefire proposal advanced by Russia for the beleaguered Syrian city of Aleppo has been embraced by the UN.

The target of an intensive bombing campaign aiming to drive opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from the city, Aleppo is said to be on the verge of a humanitarian crisis with fresh water, food and medical supplies scarce.

The ceasefire proposal is contingent on guarantees the American-backed opposition forces will honor the temporary truce.

Syria bombs Kurdish positions:  In a sign Damascus intends to turn its attention to groups other than the Free Syrian Army battling to remove Bashar al-Assad, Syrian aircraft struck the town of al-Hasakah on Aug. 18, killing 13 Kurdish troops serving with the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Kurdish YPG troops form the mainstay of Syrian Democratic Forces which, with American backing, seek to depose Mr. Assad.

UN admits role in Haiti cholera:  A cholera outbreak which followed the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti in 2010 is being acknowledged by the UN as originating in a UN peacekeeping camp established to manage the distribution of aid.

Cholera is most often spread through unhygienic conditions or contaminated food or water.

A UN panel which conducted a probe of the crisis which killed thousands and continues to plague the island stated the source of the cholera was Nepalese peacekeepers.

Russia hits Syrian targets with cruise missiles:  Expanding their base of operations outside of Syria and a new facility in Iran, Russia struck Syria with cruise missiles from its ships positioned in the Mediterranean Sea on Friday.

With a range of over 600 miles, the cruise missiles struck the besieged city of Aleppo.

The attack from the Mediterranean Sea is a first, following increased Russian attacks from the Caspian Sea and bombing missions against rebel positions in Aleppo from Iran.

Syrian rebels claim Syria hit hospital:  Syrian opposition groups are claiming a Syrian army helicopter dropped a barrel bomb on a hospital in the rebel-controlled town of Darayya.

No patients or medical personnel were reported injured, but the hospital was rendered inoperable in a war-torn city with few medial facilities.

Barrel bombs are typically 55-gallon petroleum canisters filled with combustible material designed to explode and shower the target with shrapnel and combustive agents.  Rights groups and the UN have condemned its use, although the Syrian government has been accused of dropping over 45 barrel bombs on Darayya alone.


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