Russian air force have intensified bombing raids on towns and villages in the provinces of Hama and Idlib using internationally banned weapons and causing dozens of civilian casualties. The Syrian Coalition slammed Russia’s continued support for the state terrorism of the Assad regime.
Activists in rural Idlib said that two people were killed and many more injured in Russian airstrikes on the town of Maarat Alnouman on Sunday. Russian forces used white phosphorus and cluster bombs, both internationally banned, in the airstrikes that targeted civilian homes.
More airstrikes using the white phosphorus hit the towns of Bseida, Saraqib, Sarmin, and Khan Sheikhoun as well as the outskirts of the towns of Deir Sharqi, Bsamis, Heesh, Maaret Hurma, Sheikh Mustafa, Ayn Suda, Taibat, and Shagar. The airstrikes left many people killed or injured.
Activists in rural Hama said that Russian air force has also intensified air raids on the towns and villages in the province using the white phosphorus, cluster bombs, and napalm. The most violent airstrikes targeted the towns of Kafarzeita, Lataminha, Souran, Halfaya, Maardes, Lahaya, and the outskirts of the town of Ma'an.
Russian forces also committed a horrific massacre that claimed the lives of over 20 people, including women and children when Russian jets bombed the town of Orem Allouz in rural Idlib on Saturday.
The intensified Russian aerial bombings came in the wake of missile strikes the United launched on the regime-controlled Shaerat airbase in rural Homs on Friday. The airbase was the launch pad for the chemical weapons attack regime forces carried out on the town of Khan Sheikoun in rural Idlib on Tuesday, leaving around 100 people killed and 400 others injured, mostly women and children.
The Syrian Coalition condemned the Russian airstrikes. It renewed calls for the formation of an international coalition of the civilized world to confront the Assad regime and its backers, work to depose it, contribute to the efforts to reach a just political solution, and continue the fight against terrorism in all its forms, including the Assad regime and its allied sectarian militias.
The Coalition stressed that the Assad regime bears full responsibility for exposing Syria to all types of domination, occupation, mandate, and destruction. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition renewed its full support for the heroes of the Free Syrian Army as it hailed the steadfastness they have been showing in repelling the aggression of the Assad regime, the Russian invaders, and the Iranian terrorist militias.
“Once again, the FSA fighters in Dara’a province, having showed unity and firm commitment to the principles of the revolution and the aspirations of the Syrians, have proved capable of defeating the terror of Assad and the Russian and Iranian invaders,” said the Coalition in a press release issued on Monday.
“The latest FSA gains in Dara’a came in response to endless list of violations of all cease-fire agreements by regime forces as well as their Russian and Iranian allies. By continuing to provide a political cover to the Assad regime, Russia supports the regime's terrorist crimes and wriggles out of its obligations as guarantor of the ceasefire agreement signed in Ankara on December 29, 2016.”
The Coalition went on: “The spectacular FSA gains in the Manshiyya district in Dara’a city and other areas across Syria have showed that all attempts to defeat the will of the Syrians are doomed to failure, and that our fate will not be determined in Russia or Iran, but in Syria and on its soil and at the hands of its sons and daughters.”
“It is incumbent on the international community to assume its responsibilities and immediately take measures to ensure protection of civilians in accordance with international law; put an end to the war crimes being committed against them by the Assad regime and its allies; and contributes to the efforts aimed at finding a just political solution and the combating of terrorism in all its forms, most notably the terrorism of Assad and the sectarian militias,” the Coalition added. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition condemned the terrorist attacks that targeted two churches in the cities of Alexandria and Tanta in Egypt on Sunday, resulting in dozens of casualties.
In a press release issued on Monday, the Coalition said that these crimes “once again reveal the ugliness of terrorist ideology and its sponsors, especially as they targeted places of worship and civilians in an act that expresses the brutality and criminality of terrorists and their accomplices.”
“On behalf of the Syrian people, the Coalition affirms it stands in solidarity with the Egyptian people with all its components in the face of these terrorist crimes.”
The Coalition extended condolences to the families of the victims as it wished the injured a speedy recovery.
At least 44 people were killed in Egypt in bomb attacks at the cathedral of the Coptic Pope in Tanta city and another church in Alexandria on Palm Sunday.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks, which also injured more than 100 people. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)