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Enforce the Ceasefire in Wadi Barada, Syria

On December 31, 2016 a sniper from the Hezbollah army shot and killed a child in his own home in the valley of Wadi Barada, Syria. This was the same day that the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously in favor of the ceasefire agreement signed by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, Russian president Vladimir Putin, and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, welcoming the efforts to end the war in Syria.

Unfortunately, there has been no peace for the people living in the valley of Wadi Barada. Many innocent men, women, and children are being injured and killed every day from Assad's ceasefire violations.

Wadi Barada is a rebel-protected area in the northwestern countryside of Damascus. Despite signing the ceasefire agreement, President Bashar al-Assad and his Iranian-backed troops Hezbollah once again began their repeated attempts to enter the villages in the Wadi Barada valley through repeated bombings, shelling, missiles, and sniper fire, not giving a second thought to the innocent lives he and his army have taken.

Trapped with no food or electricity in freezing temperatures, a few civilians have posted cries for help on social media to the international community. They tell us that without any food or heat they will soon die. Shortly thereafter, Assad effectively cut off all communication to and from the Wadi Barada area.

He's trying to silence their cries for help before anyone can even hear them. Both the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah have warned of the "massacre" that they will incur if they succeed in entering the valley.

The residents of Wadi Barada have no affiliations whatsoever to terrorists and do not share the Daesh or Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham ideologies. They're only asking us to enforce the ceasefire they were promised, as well as allow international organizations like the International Red Cross and United Nations into the area to give the residents access to the most basic human rights, such as food and medicine.

Please help save the lives of 100,000 civilians living in the Wadi Barada area by signing this petition and demanding that the international community enforce the ceasefire agreement, as well as allow international aid into the community to provide the residents of Wadi Barada with food and medicine. Your signature could help save thousands of lives.

***Update: Russian officials attempting to assess the damage of the water spring in Wadi Barada and negotiate peace talks have been DENIED access into the valley by Hezbollah militia for two consecutive days. In the meantime, a Hezbollah sniper shot another 7 year old boy (see photo above), and let other children in the valley die by not allowing them to receive the appropriate medical attention. Help us save Wadi Barada!

For updates about what's happening in Wadi Barada, please follow #WadiBarada and #SaveWadiBarada on Twitter!

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