Thursday, 21 December 2017 09:19

Syrian Coalition Condemns Russia’s Crimes Against Innocent Civilians

The Syrian Coalition condemned the massacre that was committed by the Russian occupiers in the town of Maar Shoureen in rural Idlib claiming the lives of dozens of civilians including women and children.

In a press release issued on Thursday, the Coalition called for international action to stop the crimes being committed by Russia and the Assad regime. It stressed that statements made by the representatives of the active players have so far failed to put pressure on the Assad regime and Russian occupiers. These statements cannot absolve the international community of its legal and humanitarian responsibilities to protect civilians and maintain peace and security in Syria.

Local activists said that four Russian jets raided residential areas and civilian homes in the center of the town on Tuesday night, killing 17 people and injuring 35 others. They pointed out that high-explosive missiles were used in the airstrikes which caused widespread destruction to residential buildings and surrounding facilities.

According to the civil defense center in rural Idlib, the victims included 13 people from one family, including four children and two women. It added that rescue workers rushed to the site of the attack and rescued around 30 civilians from under the rubble.

The Coalition warned that negotiations and political solution are in great danger. “It is urgent that the international community and UN Security Council provide sufficient support to salvage the negotiating process and reactivate it in a serious, effective way. There is also an urgent need to enforce international resolutions on the ongoing violations of UN resolutions, especially UN Security Council 2268 and 2254 to ensure that perpetrators are held to account.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

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