The Syrian Network for Human Rights confirmed that the Assad regime was behind the attack on Qah IDP camp in northern rural Idlib. The finding was made in a report that relied on eyewitness accounts and examination of online photos and videos of the aftermath of the attack.
In a report issued on Friday, the monitoring group said that on the evening of Wednesday, November 20, a rocket launcher belonging to the Assad regime forces and Iranian militias that was stationed in the Azzan Mountain area south of Aleppo launched a rocket loaded with cluster munitions on northern rural Idlib, directly hitting the camp. The attack killed 16 civilians, including 11 children and three women, and wounded at least 50 others.
The Network pointed out that the Assad regime and its backers are responsible for at least 79 attacks on IDP camps in the past eight years.
Member of the Syrian National Coalition’s political committee, Abdel Majeed Barakat, said that the Assad regime and its backers pose a permanent threat to civilians in the liberated areas. He said that these systematic attacks are aimed at destabilizing the liberated areas, which forces consistent outflow of refugees to neighboring countries.
Barakat blamed the lukewarm response of the international community for the regime and its backers’ continued crimes against civilians. He stressed that these crimes must not go unpunished, especially as they are mainly targeting civilian areas that are void of any military positions.
Barakat called on the United Nations and international organizations to add these reports to the hundreds of thousands of documents that expose the Assad regime and confirm its responsibility for war crimes against civilians in various regions across Syria. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Thursday marked the third anniversary of the chemical attack carried out by the Assad forces against civilians in the town of Aqiribat in eastern rural Hama. The attack killed more than 106 civilians, mostly children and women.
Head of the local council in the town, Ahmed Al-Hamwi, pointed out that civilians in Aqiribat woke up to a strange smell in the early morning hours of that day, “unaware that they are going to die by suffocation.”
Al-Hamwi slammed the lukewarm international response to these deadly attacks. “The international response was remarkably lukewarm, but what hurts us more is the dubious silence of the international community which did not lift a finger to put an end to the ongoing carnage against civilians,” he told the local news network Baladi News.
He called on the international community, especially the Arab countries, to protect Syrian civilians from the ongoing crimes the regime is committing against them. “Those who provides cover for the criminal are criminals themselves.” (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)