Fifteen children were killed in a matter of seconds when Assad’s forces dropped a barrel bomb on the Ottoman Bin Affan mosque in Syria’s district in Aleppo.
The mosque was being used as a school after all schools in the place were targeted by bombs and refuge for the displaced.
According to media reports, the barrel drum is filled explosives and shrapnel which was then dropped from the sky.
The Tuesday’s attack is the second barrel bomb dropped in two days in Aleppo where the civil war is raging.
US condemns the attack
In a press statement in Washington DC, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the lates barrel-bombing of Aleppo continues which affirms the the true color of Asad regime.
He said the latest barrel bombing is the latest barbaric act of a regime that has committed organized, wholesale torture, used chemical weapons, and is starving whole communities by blocking delivery of food to Syrian civilians in urgent need.
Death toll climbs
Secretary Kerry highlighted that with the on-going air raids and barrel bombs striking a mosque have resulted to the staggering increase of civilian deaths.
“Each and every barrel bomb filled with metal shrapnel and fuel launched against innocent Syrians underscores the barbarity of a regime that has turned its country into a super magnet for terror.” – Secretary Kerry
He underlined that given this horrific legacy, the Syrian people would never accept as legitimate a government including Asad.
Scope of human tragedy is staggering
Reports emerged that the scale and scope of the human tragedy in Syria today is staggering, and it is inexorably becoming a regional tragedy.
According to the United Nations, one out of three Syrians will be forced from their homes by the end of 2013.
Jordan is overwhelmed by the burden of 500,000 Syrian refugees which is a number that could reach a million by the end of the year.
The crisis in Syria has spilled over to seriously inflame politics in Iraq and Lebanon.
In addition, state structures in Syria are crumbling, extremists are expanding their influence among the opposition, and the dangers of long-term sectarian conflict and fragmentation are growing rapidly.
Syrian crisis getting worse every day?
With President Assad’s showing no sign to stepping down and with the incessant conflict continuing to destabilize the country, the world now is witnessing a rapid deterioration of an already devastating situation in Syria, where at least 70,000 Syrians have been killed and millions displaced.
The Syrian people continue to face deplorable attacks and massacres by regime forces, including the use of heavy weapons, aircraft, and ballistic missiles.
The US considers these actions as proof of the Assad regime’s complete disregard for the lives of Syria’s citizens, including its children.
March was reportedly the deadliest month of the conflict with over 6,000 Syrians killed and with three to 4 million people now internally displaced.
Refugee crisis worsens The exponential surge in refugees is among the clearest signs of this dire situation in Syria.
More than 1.2 million people are refugees and it is predicted these numbers could double or even triple by the end of this year, nearly one third of Syria’s population.
Today, over 400,000 Syrians have fled in the last seven weeks alone and sought refuge in the neighboring countries.
Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and UN humanitarian agencies are approaching a saturation point with the surge of refugees.
The US is deeply grateful to the Government of Kuwait for fulfilling its generous contribution of $300 million to UN agencies and other international organizations.
US aid to Syria
In November 2012, the United States of America provided $30 million in additional humanitarian assistance to respond to the needs of Syrian people affected by the turmoil.
In Syria, the additional funding will allow for provision of food aid to families in need.
In neighboring countries, the additional assistance from the United States will provide food supplies, hot meals, and food vouchers for families who have fled the violence in Syria.
In addition, the additional assistance will be provided through the World Food Program (WFP), which is providing food aid to 1.5 million people in Syria and the refugees who have fled to neighboring countries.
The United States is the largest donor of food aid for those affected by the conflict in Syria through WFP.
In August 2012, with the violence engulfing Syria, the United States of America has announced an additional $12 million in humanitarian assistance, bringing the total amount of U.S. emergency aid to more than $76 million.
The U.S. government continues to place emphasis on ending the escalating violence which has uprooted hundreds of thousands of Syrians.
The humanitarian needs continue to grow, where the number of Syrians displaced to neighboring countries now exceeds 130,000, with nearly 1.5 million in need inside Syria, including UN-estimated one million internally displaced persons.
The Syrian violence has led a crisis on a humanitarian scale that is of the highest priority within the U.S. government, and for which the US pledges to continue to provide support.
In April 2012, with the deteriorating situation in Syria due to turmoil, the United States of America bolstered efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by the conflict in the country.
The UN estimates that there are over 2 million Syrians inside Syria in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Of that number, an estimated 300,000 are internally displaced.
United States has dedicated some $33 million to support the important work to assist and protect those in need in Syria and neighboring countries, and much more is on the way.
The violence in Syria, which began in March 2011 as a protest movement similar to those witnessed across the Middle East and North Africa, has claimed over 100,000 lives, mostly civilians, and displaced tens of thousands.