While in Syria on a mercy mission aiming to get more protection for civilians, Red Cross chief Peter Maurer met President Bashar al-Assad to express his concerns. He was in the country on the same day that bombings and clashes shed even more blood in Aleppo.
During their 45-minute meeting, Maurer urged al-Assad to respect international humanitarian law and to boost assistance on the ground. Maurer arrived in Damascus on Monday night. He has also met with Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 5,000 people were killed in August. It’s the highest monthly figure since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in March last year.