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CAIR Director Launches #AleppoChallenge with Vigil Outside Russian Embassy in D.C.

NihadSyria(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/14/16) – Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today launched #AleppoChallenge with a noon vigil outside the Russian embassy in Washington, D.C.

Awad stood outside the embassy to draw attention to Russia’s involvement in the war crimes now taking place against the Syrian civilian population, and particularly against civilians in the city of Aleppo, where Russia’s indiscriminate bombing campaign has resulted in the deaths of uncounted men, women and children.

PHOTO: CAIR’s Nihad Awad Outside Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

He and CAIR are calling for an immediate cease fire in Aleppo, protection of the civilian population, humanitarian aid deliveries, and war crime charges for all parties proven to target civilians and civilian infrastructure such as hospitals.

The brutal Assad regime, Iranian-backed sectarian militias and Russian forces have repeatedly targeted hospitals and residential neighborhoods in areas held by Syrians seeking freedom and democracy. 

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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