'Humanity, where are you?' protestors ask at rally for Aleppo

Protesters take part during a sit-in, in solidarity with the people of Aleppo against the Syrian regime, in front of the UNDP office in Amman.
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Berlin - Protestors rallied in Berlin on Saturday against the war in Syria denouncing the international community for failing to help civilians, especially children, in the besieged city of Aleppo.

Holding banners saying "The children of Aleppo are calling you!", or "Aleppo is bleeding and the world is watching", around 900 people braved plunging temperatures to gather in front to the Reichstag, the German parliament building, according to police estimates.

At the same time, another 1,800 people joined a second demonstration elsewhere in the German capital, police said.

"What is happening there amounts to what is the worst in the world," said Mahmoud Almizeh, a 19-year-old Syrian refugee who comes from Raqa, now the bastion of the Islamic State jihadist group.

Germany has opened its doors to some 600,000 Syrian refugees since the conflict began in 2011.

Having arrived in Germany a year ago, Almizeh lamented that European leaders were "unfortunately doing nothing".

In Aleppo on Saturday trapped Syrian civilians and rebels waited desperately for evacuations to resume from an opposition-held enclave of the city which has fallen to the brutal onslaught by Syrian government forces.

Aleppo has been ravaged by some of the worst violence of the nearly six-year war that has killed more than 310,000 people.

"We feel so powerless" about the tragedy facing the Syrians, said Anna Bone, a Berlin resident at the demonstration where another banner declared: "Stop murdering! Peace talks NOW." "This powerlessness... this grief, it's what brought me here today," she added.

Hundreds of protestors also joined demonstrations in France on Saturday in the cities of Paris, Lille, Strasbourg and Marseille.

"It's crazy that the world powers cannot intervene," commented two protestors of Turkish origin, Hilal, 25, and Gulsan, 26, in Paris.

Thousands of trapped civilians and the last remaining opposition fighters in Aleppo were waiting for evacuations to resume on Saturday, a day after the operation was suspended by the Syrian government.

Meanwhile in New York, the UN Security Council could vote as early as this weekend on a French-drafted proposal to allow international observers into Aleppo and ensure urgent aid deliveries.

Protestors around the world rally for Aleppo where 'thousands' await evacuation

  • Syrians leave a rebel-held area of Aleppo towards the government-held side on December 13, 2016 during an operation by Syrian government forces to retake the embattled city. UN chief Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm over reports of atrocities against civilians Monday, as the battle for Aleppo entered its final phase with Syrian government forces on the verge of retaking rebel-held areas of the city.
  • Syrians leave a rebel-held area of Aleppo towards the government-held side on December 13, 2016 during an operation by Syrian government forces to retake the embattled city. UN chief Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm over reports of atrocities against civilians Monday, as the battle for Aleppo entered its final phase with Syrian government forces on the verge of retaking rebel-held areas of the city.
  • Syrians leave a rebel-held area of Aleppo towards the government-held side on December 13, 2016 during an operation by Syrian government forces to retake the embattled city. UN chief Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm over reports of atrocities against civilians Monday, as the battle for Aleppo entered its final phase with Syrian government forces on the verge of retaking rebel-held areas of the city.
  • Syrians leave a rebel-held area of Aleppo towards the government-held side on December 13, 2016 during an operation by Syrian government forces to retake the embattled city. UN chief Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm over reports of atrocities against civilians Monday, as the battle for Aleppo entered its final phase with Syrian government forces on the verge of retaking rebel-held areas of the city.
  • Syrians leave a rebel-held area of Aleppo towards the government-held side on December 13, 2016 during an operation by Syrian government forces to retake the embattled city. UN chief Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm over reports of atrocities against civilians Monday, as the battle for Aleppo entered its final phase with Syrian government forces on the verge of retaking rebel-held areas of the city.
  • Syrians leave a rebel-held area of Aleppo towards the government-held side on December 13, 2016 during an operation by Syrian government forces to retake the embattled city. UN chief Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm over reports of atrocities against civilians Monday, as the battle for Aleppo entered its final phase with Syrian government forces on the verge of retaking rebel-held areas of the city.
  • Syrians leave a rebel-held area of Aleppo towards the government-held side on December 13, 2016 during an operation by Syrian government forces to retake the embattled city. UN chief Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm over reports of atrocities against civilians Monday, as the battle for Aleppo entered its final phase with Syrian government forces on the verge of retaking rebel-held areas of the city.
  • A man holds a banner as a child lights a candle in front of the Kosovo national theater on December 17, 2016 during a protest in support to Aleppo's population, the latest in a series of demonstrations in Europe over the Syria crisis. Trapped Syrian civilians and fighters waited desperately on December 17 for evacuations to resume from a rebel-held enclave in Aleppo as the Red Cross pleaded for a deal to "save thousands of lives".
  • A child lights a candle in front of the Kosovo national theater on December 17, 2016 during a protest in support to Aleppo's population, the latest in a series of demonstrations in Europe over the Syria crisis. Trapped Syrian civilians and fighters waited desperately on December 17 for evacuations to resume from a rebel-held enclave in Aleppo as the Red Cross pleaded for a deal to "save thousands of lives".
  • Young Kosovars light a lantern in front of the Kosovo national theater on December 17, 2016 during a protest in support to Aleppo's population, the latest in a series of demonstrations in Europe over the Syria crisis. Trapped Syrian civilians and fighters waited desperately on December 17 for evacuations to resume from a rebel-held enclave in Aleppo as the Red Cross pleaded for a deal to "save thousands of lives".
  • Young Kosovars light a lantern in front of the Kosovo national theater on December 17, 2016 during a protest in support to Aleppo's population, the latest in a series of demonstrations in Europe over the Syria crisis. Trapped Syrian civilians and fighters waited desperately on December 17 for evacuations to resume from a rebel-held enclave in Aleppo as the Red Cross pleaded for a deal to "save thousands of lives".
  • Syrians living in Turkey gather for a protest against the Syrian regime along Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on December 17, 2016. Thousands of trapped civilians and rebels waited desperately for evacuations to resume from the last opposition-held areas of Aleppo after the operation was suspended by the Syrian regime.
  • Syrians living in Turkey protest against Russia, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime ally, in front of the Russian Embassy along Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on December 17, 2016. Trapped Syrian civilians and fighters waited desperately on December 17 for evacuations to resume from a rebel-held enclave in Aleppo as the Red Cross pleaded for a deal to "save thousands of lives".
  • Syrians living in Turkey hold signs during a protest against Russia, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime ally, in front of the Russian Embassy along Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on December 17, 2016. Trapped Syrian civilians and fighters waited desperately on December 17 for evacuations to resume from a rebel-held enclave in Aleppo as the Red Cross pleaded for a deal to "save thousands of lives".
  • Syrians living in Turkey hold signs during a protest against Russia, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime ally, in front of the Russian Embassy along Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on December 17, 2016. Trapped Syrian civilians and fighters waited desperately on December 17 for evacuations to resume from a rebel-held enclave in Aleppo as the Red Cross pleaded for a deal to "save thousands of lives".
  • Syrians living in Turkey hold signs during a protest against Russia, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime ally, in front of the Russian Embassy along Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on December 17, 2016. Trapped Syrian civilians and fighters waited desperately on December 17 for evacuations to resume from a rebel-held enclave in Aleppo as the Red Cross pleaded for a deal to "save thousands of lives".
  • Syrians living in Turkey hold a Syrian flag during a protest against Russia, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime ally, in front of the Russian Embassy along Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on December 17, 2016. Trapped Syrian civilians and fighters waited desperately on December 17 for evacuations to resume from a rebel-held enclave in Aleppo as the Red Cross pleaded for a deal to "save thousands of lives".
  • A Syrian woman living in Turkey stands in front of a Syrian opposition flag during a protest against the Syrian regime along Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on December 17, 2016. Thousands of trapped civilians and rebels waited desperately for evacuations to resume from the last opposition-held areas of Aleppo after the operation was suspended by the Syrian regime.
  • A woman holds a placard reading "Aleppo is not alone" as Syrians living in Turkey protest against the Syrian regime along Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on December 17, 2016. Thousands of trapped civilians and rebels waited desperately for evacuations to resume from the last opposition-held areas of Aleppo after the operation was suspended by the Syrian regime.
  • A Syrian man holds a poster of (L-R) Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reading "Imperialist Iran get out of Syria" during a protest against the Syrian regime along Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on December 17, 2016. Thousands of trapped civilians and rebels waited desperately for evacuations to resume from the last opposition-held areas of Aleppo after the operation was suspended by the Syrian regime.
  • Syrians living in Turkey protest against Russia, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime ally, in front of the Russian Embassy along Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on December 17, 2016. Trapped Syrian civilians and fighters waited desperately on December 17 for evacuations to resume from a rebel-held enclave in Aleppo as the Red Cross pleaded for a deal to "save thousands of lives".
  • A Syrian boy living in Turkey holds a sign during a protest against Russia, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime ally, in front of the Russian Embassy along Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on December 17, 2016. Trapped Syrian civilians and fighters waited desperately on December 17 for evacuations to resume from a rebel-held enclave in Aleppo as the Red Cross pleaded for a deal to "save thousands of lives".
  • Protesters hold placards reading "Aleppo can not be left under bombardment" during a demonstration in Reyhanli in Hatay near the Syrian border on December 17, 2016. Thousands of trapped civilians and rebels waited desperately for evacuations to resume from the last opposition-held areas of Aleppo after the operation was suspended by the Syrian regime.
  • Protesters shout slogans and hold placards reading "Aleppo can not be left under bombardment" in Reyhanli in Hatay near the Syrian border on December 17, 2016. Thousands of trapped civilians and rebels waited desperately for evacuations to resume from the last opposition-held areas of Aleppo after the operation was suspended by the Syrian regime.
  • Protestors wave flags and shout slogans in front of the Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara, on December 16, 2016 during a demonstration to show solidarity with the citizens of Aleppo, the latest in a series of demonstrations in Europe over the Syria crisis. Turkey has provided support to the Syrian opposition and repeatedly called for Assad to go. Protests have been staged in several European cities as the horror in Aleppo has unfolded, with reports of atrocities including summary executions.
  • Protestors wave flags and shout slogans in front of the Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara, on December 16, 2016 during a demonstration to show solidarity with the citizens of Aleppo, the latest in a series of demonstrations in Europe over the Syria crisis. Turkey has provided support to the Syrian opposition and repeatedly called for Assad to go. Protests have been staged in several European cities as the horror in Aleppo has unfolded, with reports of atrocities including summary executions.
  • Protestors wave flags and shout slogans in front of the Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara, on December 16, 2016 during a demonstration to show solidarity with the citizens of Aleppo, the latest in a series of demonstrations in Europe over the Syria crisis. Turkey has provided support to the Syrian opposition and repeatedly called for Assad to go. Protests have been staged in several European cities as the horror in Aleppo has unfolded, with reports of atrocities including summary executions.
  • A participant holds a picture of a man mourning over the body of a boy during a protest of Turkish activists and Syrians living in Istanbul against the latest bombardment of Aleppo by the Syrian regime and its military allies on October 1, 2016 at Istiklal avenue in Istanbul. The recent bombardment of Aleppo has been some of the worst in Syria's five-year civil war, leaving more than 220 people dead and turning residential buildings into heaps of rubble.
  • Participants hold pictures children during a protest of Turkish activists and Syrians living in Istanbul against the latest bombardment of Aleppo by the Syrian regime and its military allies on October 1, 2016 at Istiklal avenue in Istanbul. The recent bombardment of Aleppo has been some of the worst in Syria's five-year civil war, leaving more than 220 people dead and turning residential buildings into heaps of rubble.
  • Syrians who live in Istanbul hold Syrian flags and a picture dated from August 2016 of four-year-old Omran (R) sitting in an ambulance after being rescued from the rubble of a building hit by an air strike in the rebel-held Qaterji neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, during a protest against the latest airstrikes on Aleppo by the Syrian regime and its military allies on October 1, 2016 at Istiklal avenue in Istanbul. The recent bombardment of Aleppo has been some of the worst in Syria's five-year civil war, leaving more than 220 people dead and turning residential buildings into heaps of rubble.
  • Syrians who live in Istanbul hold placards reading 'Stop barrel bombs' and 'More than 200 civilians killed in one week of airstrikes during a protest against the latest bombardment of Aleppo by the Syrian regime and its military allies on October 1, 2016 at Istiklal avenue in Istanbul. The recent bombardment of Aleppo has been some of the worst in Syria's five-year civil war, leaving more than 220 people dead and turning residential buildings into heaps of rubble.
  • People hold signs reading "Bashar out" and "If Bachar doesn't kill... I didn't write on this board" during a protest in support to Aleppo's population on December 17, 2016 in Marseille, southern France, the latest in a series of demonstrations in Europe over the Syria crisis.
  • People hold signs reading "Massacre in Syria, our silence is an accomplice" and "Bachar to the International Criminal Court" during a protest in support to Aleppo's population on December 17, 2016 in Marseille, southern France, the latest in a series of demonstrations in Europe over the Syria crisis.
  • A man holds a sign reading "we are Aleppo" during a protest in support to Aleppo's population on December 17, 2016 in Marseille, southern France, the latest in a series of demonstrations in Europe over the Syria crisis.
  • A child holds a sign reading "we are Aleppo" during a protest in support to Aleppo's population on December 17, 2016 in Marseille, southern France, the latest in a series of demonstrations in Europe over the Syria crisis.
  • A woman holds a sign reading "we are Aleppo" during a protest in support to Aleppo's population on December 17, 2016 in Marseille, southern France, the latest in a series of demonstrations in Europe over the Syria crisis.
  • A man holds a sign reading "Assad, Putin, murderers" during a protest in support to Aleppo's population on December 17, 2016 in Marseille, southern France, the latest in a series of demonstrations in Europe over the Syria crisis.
  • A man holds a sign reading "I am Aleppo" during a protest in support to Aleppo's population on December 17, 2016 in Marseille, southern France, the latest in a series of demonstrations in Europe over the Syria crisis.
  • A man holds a sign reading "Don't forget the culprits" during a protest in support to Aleppo's population on December 17, 2016 in Marseille, southern France, the latest in a series of demonstrations in Europe over the Syria crisis.
  • Syrian nationals living in Malaysia hold placards during a demonstration in solidarity with the inhabitants of the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, outside the Russian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on December 16 , 2016. Russia announced it was negotiating with the Syrian opposition and seeking a nationwide ceasefire, as the evacuation of civilians and fighters from the last rebel-held parts of Aleppo entered a second day.
  • Malaysian muslim women carry placards during a demonstration in solidarity with the inhabitants of the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, outside the Russian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on December 16 , 2016. Russia announced it was negotiating with the Syrian opposition and seeking a nationwide ceasefire, as the evacuation of civilians and fighters from the last rebel-held parts of Aleppo entered a second day.
  • Malaysian muslim women carry placards during a demonstration in solidarity with the inhabitants of the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, outside the Russian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on December 16 , 2016. Russia announced it was negotiating with the Syrian opposition and seeking a nationwide ceasefire, as the evacuation of civilians and fighters from the last rebel-held parts of Aleppo entered a second day.
  • Malaysian muslim women carry placards during a demonstration in solidarity with the inhabitants of the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, outside the Russian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on December 16 , 2016. Russia announced it was negotiating with the Syrian opposition and seeking a nationwide ceasefire, as the evacuation of civilians and fighters from the last rebel-held parts of Aleppo entered a second day.
  • Protesters hold pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin and chant slogans during a sit-in, in solidarity with the people of Aleppo and against Russia's support of the Syrian regime, in front of the Russian embassy in Amman, Jordan, December 13, 2016.
  • Protesters burn a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a sit-in, in solidarity with the people of Aleppo and against Russia's support of the Syrian regime, in front of the Russian embassy in Amman, Jordan, December 13, 2016.
  • A protester holds a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a sit-in, in solidarity with the people of Aleppo and against Russia's support of the Syrian regime, in front of the Russian embassy in Amman, Jordan, December 13, 2016.
  • Protesters burn a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a sit-in, in solidarity with the people of Aleppo and against Russia's support of the Syrian regime, in front of the Russian embassy in Amman, Jordan, December 13, 2016.
  • Protesters from the Jordanian Islamic movement chant slogans during a demonstration in solidarity with the people of Aleppo against the Syrian regime, in Amman, Jordan.
  • Protesters from the Jordanian Islamic movement take part during a demonstration in solidarity with the people of Aleppo against the Syrian regime, in Amman, Jordan.
  • Protesters from the Jordanian Islamic movement hold Syrian opposition flags and chant slogans during a demonstration in solidarity with the people of Aleppo against the Syrian regime, in Amman, Jordan.
  • Protesters from the Jordanian Islamic movement hold Syrian opposition flags and chant slogans during a demonstration in solidarity with the people of Aleppo against the Syrian regime, in Amman, Jordan.
  • An Israeli protester holds a sign during a demonstration to show solidarity with the citizens of Aleppo, Syria, outside the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem December 16, 2016.
  • Israeli protesters hold signs during a demonstration to show solidarity with the citizens of Aleppo, Syria, outside the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem December 16, 2016.
  • Israeli protesters hold signs during a demonstration to show solidarity with the citizens of Aleppo, Syria, outside the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem December 16, 2016.
  • Israeli protesters hold signs during a demonstration to show solidarity with the citizens of Aleppo, Syria, outside the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem December 16, 2016.
  • An Israeli protester lights a candle during a demonstration to show solidarity with the citizens of Aleppo, Syria, outside the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem December 16, 2016.
  • Israeli protesters hold placards during a demonstration to show solidarity with the citizens of Aleppo, Syria, outside the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem December 16, 2016.
  • An Israeli protester holds a sign during a demonstration to show solidarity with the citizens of Aleppo, Syria, outside the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem December 16, 2016.
  • Israeli protesters hold a sign during a demonstration to show solidarity with the citizens of Aleppo, Syria, outside the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem December 16, 2016.
  • Kuwaitis holds placards during a demonstration outside the Russian embassy to condemn Moscow's support for the Syrian regime besieging rebel-held Aleppo on December 14, 2016 in Kuwait City. Carrying banners saying "Stop crimes" and "Save Aleppo," around 2,000 demonstrators marched on the diplomatic compound housing the embassy in Kuwait City. Kuwait's parliament is set to hold a special debate on Aleppo on December 28, speaker Marzouk al-Ghanem said.
  • Kuwaitis holds placards during a demonstration outside the Russian embassy to condemn Moscow's support for the Syrian regime besieging rebel-held Aleppo on December 14, 2016 in Kuwait City. Carrying banners saying "Stop crimes" and "Save Aleppo," around 2,000 demonstrators marched on the diplomatic compound housing the embassy in Kuwait City. Kuwait's parliament is set to hold a special debate on Aleppo on December 28, speaker Marzouk al-Ghanem said.
  • Participants attend a rally in solidarity with the people of Aleppo and against Russia's support of the Syrian army and President Bashar al-Assad, in front of the Russian embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, December 15, 2016.
  • Participants attend a rally in solidarity with the people of Aleppo and against Russia's support of the Syrian army and President Bashar al-Assad, in front of the Russian embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, December 15, 2016.
  • A participant attaches photos during a rally in solidarity with the people of Aleppo and against Russia's support of the Syrian army and President Bashar al-Assad, in front of the Russian embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, December 15, 2016.
  • Young Bosnian women hold baby dolls wrapped in white fabric with stains symbolizing blood, as several thousands of Bosnian protestors gather to raise their voice against the killing in eastern Aleppo, Syria, during a rally in Sarajevo, on December 14, 2016. The seige of Aleppo is brutal but far from unprecedented, with the Bosnian capital Sarajevo and Chechnya's regional capital Grozny previously subjected to devastating bombardments.
  • A young Bosnian man holds-up a comparison photo of Srebrenica 1995 and Aleppo 2016 as several thousands of Bosnian protestors gather to raise their voice against the killing in eastern Aleppo, Syria, during a rally in Sarajevo, on December 14, 2016. The seige of Aleppo is brutal but far from unprecedented, with the Bosnian capital Sarajevo and Chechnya's regional capital Grozny previously subjected to devastating bombardments.
  • A Bosnian woman holds up a cardboard as several thousands of Bosnian protestors gather to raise their voice against the killing in eastern Aleppo, Syria, during a rally in Sarajevo, on December 14, 2016. The seige of Aleppo is brutal but far from unprecedented, with the Bosnian capital Sarajevo and Chechnya's regional capital Grozny previously subjected to devastating bombardments.
  • A Bosnian Muslim woman cries as several thousands of Bosnian protestors gather to raise their voice against the killing in eastern Aleppo, Syria, during a rally in Sarajevo, on December 14, 2016. The seige of Aleppo is brutal but far from unprecedented, with the Bosnian capital Sarajevo and Chechnya's regional capital Grozny previously subjected to devastating bombardments.
  • A child's is held against a placard during a demonstration urging the British government to intervene in the bombing of Aleppo, outside Downing Street, London.
  • A child holds a placard during a demonstration urging the British government to intervene in the bombing of Aleppo, outside Downing Street, London.
  • Stuffed toys are piled up at the gates of Downing street during a demonstration urging the British government to intervene in the bombing of Aleppo, in London.
  • A protester holds a placard during a demonstration urging the British government to intervene in the bombing of Aleppo, outside Downing Street in London.
  • Stuffed toys are piled up at the gates of Downing street during a demonstration urging the British government to intervene in the bombing of Aleppo, in London.
  • Stuffed toys are piled up at the gates of Downing street during a demonstration urging the British government to intervene in the bombing of Aleppo, in London.
  • Actor Carey Mulligan holds a stuffed toy during a demonstration urging the British government to intervene in the bombing of Aleppo, outside Downing Street, London.
  • Protesters hold placards and flags during a demonstration urging the British government to intervene in the bombing of Aleppo, outside Downing Street in London.
  • A child places a stuffed toy at the gates of Downing street during a demonstration urging the British government to intervene in the bombing of Aleppo, in London.
  • A child places a stuffed toy at the gates of Downing street during a demonstration urging the British government to intervene in the bombing of Aleppo, in London.
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