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UN sanctions are punishing Syrian people

IN May this year, Nobel peace laureate Mairead Maguire led a 16-person delegation on a 10-day visit to Lebanon and Syria.

The multinational group was invited by Mussalaha Reconciliation Movement, a non-profit, non-political peace organisation.

Among the group's findings are that the Syrian militant opposition, known as the Syrian rebels, are composed mainly of foreign fighters from many countries. They are financed, armed and trained by foreign govern- ments.

Testimony from Syrian refugees tells of the indiscriminate killing and rape carried out by the 'rebels'. The Syrian state and its population are under a proxy war, with an estimated 50,000 foreign jihadist fighters terrorising Syria. Death-squads are systematically destroying the Syrian state infrastructures.

UN and EU economic sanctions are punishing the Syrian people, rather than helping to end the violence.

These findings – and more – have been published on the Peace People's website. Unfortunately, the mainstream media have not reported on the trip, or the findings thereof.

Is it because the group's findings tell a different story to the dominant narrative from our daily news merchants?

LOUIS SHAWCROSS

Hillsborough, Co Down

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