Britain, France & Germany Urges End to Military Escalation in NW Syria
Britain, Germany and France on Monday called for an end to the military escalation in northwestern Syria, saying they were gravely concerned at recent violence which had led to the death of more than 120 civilians.
“This military escalation must stop,” said the joint statement from the three countries, issued by Britain’s Foreign Office.
“Airstrikes on population centers, indiscriminate bombardment and use of barrel bombs as well as the targeting of civilian and humanitarian infrastructures, notably schools and health facilities, are blatant violations of International Humanitarian Law.”
The UN Security Council on Friday held an emergency meeting on Syria at the request of Belgium, Germany and Kuwait amid growing concerns over the escalation of airstrikes against the rebel-held areas in the province of Idlib.
European countries, including France, Germany and Belgium, had expressed their concerns about the continued attacks by the Assad regime's forces and allies in the province of Idlib before the UN Security Council began its meetings on the situation in Libya and Syria.
The Syrian Coalition earlier said that the regime’s ongoing onslaught on the countryside of Idlib and Hama seeks to undermine efforts to achieve progress in the political process.
The Syrian people expect that the European and Turkish pressure on Russia will force them to stop the brutal assault on Idlib which has displaced more than 350,000 civilians as well as killed and injured hundreds and destroyed more than 16 medical centers and 28 schools. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)