SNHR Documents New Assad Regime’s Attacks on Vital Civilian Centers
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said it had documented 18 attacks on vital civilian centers in Syria in November, most of which were carried out by the Assad regime and its Russian ally.
In a new report, the Network pointed out that the majority of these attacks took place in the province of Idlib, with 11 attacks taking place in the province and five others in Aleppo.
The figure has brought to 554 the number of attacks the monitoring group said they targeted vital civilian centers since the beginning of 2018. It noted that it recorded 18 attacks in November, seven of which were committed by the Assad regime forces, one by each of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, the PYD militia, and the international coalition forces, and eight by other groups.
The Network noted that the November attacks targeted two infrastructure facilities, five places of worship, two medical centers, seven educational centers, and two IDPs camps.
The Network called on the UN Security Council to take measures pursuant to resolutions 2139 and 2254. It stressed the need to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court and hold all those involved in these violations to account, including the Russian regime which has been found guilty of war crimes in Syria.
The Network said that the Assad regime, Russia and the Iranian militias have ignored Article 52 of the Protocol additional to the Geneva Conventions on general protection of civilian objects. The Article states that “attacks shall be limited strictly to military objectives. In so far as objects are concerned, military objectives are limited to those objects which by their nature, location, purpose or use make an effective contribution to military action and whose total or partial destruction, capture or neutralization, in the circumstances ruling at the time, offers a definite military advantage.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)