DAMASCUS, Syria, April 7 (UPI) -- Air raids by the Assad regime killed around 30 Syrians as the government continued to drop barrel bombs on civilians.
Two more people were killed by a mortar shell that hit an opera house in Damascus, and 29 people were killed outside of the opposition-controlled city of Homs when a car exploded.
The United Nations and western nations are continuously criticized for their mostly symbolic actions in Syria. At the same time, the world is mourning the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Both the UN and the U.S. have expressed their regrets over the failure to intervene and prevent the deaths of more than 800,000 Rwandans.
More than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began 3 years ago. The UN does not keep a death toll anymore, as there are too many deaths and too much chaos for them to keep track.
The West may not be making many substantial efforts in Syria, but Russia is sending more weapons to the Assad regime during a time when Russia already has escalated tensions with the international community after the annexation of the Crimean peninsula.
"Russia is now doing everything to ensure that Assad wins convincingly," said Alexei Malashenko, a Middle East analyst at the Moscow Carnegie Center. "If Russia can show it’s capable of carrying out its own foreign policy, regardless of America’s wishes, it will be a major achievement for Putin."
Hezbollah, which has been fighting alongside the pro-government forces, says Syria's government is no longer at risk of being toppled, and the threat of the country being divided has been diminished.