A new report put out by Amnesty International on the eve of the third anniversary of the Syrian uprising states that Assad forces have been starvingt he populace who has been reduced to eating cats and dogs, and that at least 128 people have died due to malnutrition in the Yarmouk district of Damascus since last July, with 20,000 still trapped in the district. Many have died after eating the domestic animals or inedible, toxic plants.
According to the Daily Mail, the AI report describes how the Assad forces and their allies have been carrying out deadly attacks on the civilian population, such as air raids and shelling on Yarmouk’s civilian buildings, including schools, hospitals and mosques. Some of the areas targeted had been serving as shelter to refugees from other parts of Syria.
According to the report, 150 people have so far been detained since the April 2011 siege, with more than 80 still being held.