Wednesday 7 December 2016

Until the West stands up to Putin, the slaughter in Syria will continue

Fergal Keane

Published 02/10/2016 | 02:30

Russian President Vladimir Putin Photo: AP
Russian President Vladimir Putin Photo: AP

Widad Fardossi looks much older than her 60 years. She crossed the mountains in the dark three days ago. Widad was propped on a mule, a man on each side to hold her up as they negotiated the steep track from Syria to the Bekaa Valley. Even with support she slid from the mule three times. They avoided Syrian guards and Lebanese border forces.

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This border is closed to those fleeing the carnage of Syria. Yes, it is worth remembering, there is now no legal way out of Syria into Lebanon or Turkey for most who are fleeing the war.

Some 75,000 refugees are trapped in the middle of the desert between Syria and the Jordanian border, refused permission to go further. Jordan is already catering for 1.2 million Syrians and spends $870m (€774m) a year helping refugees.

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