President of the Syrian Coalition, Abdurrahman Mustafa, stressed the importance of the report issued recently by Amnesty International which said that the Assad regime and Russia were targeting civilians and vital facilities in the province of Idlib.
President Mustafa called for the report to be put “before the leaders of the free world,” stressing that they have a responsibility to put an end to the violations and war crimes against civilians “as the party capable of reining in the criminal and his supporters and holding them accountable.”
“The conclusions of Amnesty International confirmed what we already know very well,” President Mustafa said in comments he posted on Twitter on Friday. “The strategy that the regime and its allies are pursuing in their war against the Syrian people is based on blatantly violating the conventions and laws as well as the targeting of civilians.
Amnesty International on Thursday issued a detailed report confirming previous reports about attacks by the Assad regime forces with Russian backing targeting residential areas and vital facilities in Idlib province. Amnesty’s conclusions relied on eyewitness accounts, photos and videos, and satellite imagery.
“These were direct attacks on civilian objects or indiscriminate attacks,” Amnesty International said after verifying six attacks.
Amnesty went on to say that “the ongoing attacks in Idlib fit the same pattern we’ve seen before, in Aleppo, Dara’a, Damascus Countryside, whereby Syrian government forces hit hospitals, medical facilities, emergency responders, bakeries, schools, leaving people no choice but to flee.”
During a recent European tour, a delegation from the Coalition highlighted the Assad regime’s military escalation against civilians in Idlib. It stressed the importance of providing protection for civilians in the liberated areas to avoid a new humanitarian crisis and fresh waves of refugees to neighboring countries. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)