The Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) appealed to the UN Security Council and the international community to enforce UN Resolution 2286 calling for the protection of medical facilities and relief aid workers. It called for emergency humanitarian funding for medical aid, shelter, food, water and sanitation in northwestern Syria which is coming under intensified bombing campaign by the Assad regime and Russian forces.
In a press release it issued on its Facebook page on Sunday, UOSSM said it observed a significant increase in airstrikes and shelling in Idlib and Hama provinces in the past 72 hours. It said that the bombing campaign has killed at least 77 civilians and forced more than 150,000 others from their homes over the past week.
The majority of towns and villages in northern rural Hama were deserted as a result of the violent bombing campaign. It noted that the fleeing civilians are settling in overcrowded areas lacking enough shelters and housing for the new arrivals.
Five medical facilities and five schools were put out of service over the past week, UOSSM added. It also said that the ongoing bombing campaign has forced several hospitals and schools to suspend their activities, including Al-Lataminah Hospital, Qalet Al-Madiq Hospital, Al-Habeet Primary Medical Care Center, Qastoon Primary Medical Care Center, and the Surgical Unit in Kafranboudah.
The Union went on to say that Idlib province is home to more than 3.5 million people, including 350,000 people who live in IDP camps. The region suffers severe shortages of health care, food, shelter and sanitation and cannot accommodate new waves of displaced people.
The Union warned that the military operations which started on April 26 risked provoking a new refugee crisis that will threaten international peace and security. It stressed the need for the UN Security Council, which is charged with maintaining international peace and security, to take proactive steps to ensure a halt to the battle for Idlib is and find a peaceful solution to the situation in the province. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Aerial bombardment by the Assad regime and Russian forces targeting large areas of the provinces of Idlib and Hama knocked out four hospitals on Sunday. The airstrikes also killed a nurse and a civilian in one of these hospitals.
Local activists said that a Russian jet fired four bombs at the Surgical Hospital in the town of Kifranabel, killing a nurse and a civilian. The attack also injured four people and knocked the hospital out of service.
The Assad regime and Russian air forces also bombed the Nabd al-Hayat Hospital in the town of Haas in rural Idlib, putting the facility out of service.
The activists pointed out that a Russian jet bombed a women and children hospital in the village of Tarmala, putting it out of service. Helicopters of the Assad regime dropped barrel bombs on the Cave Hospital in the town of Kafarzita in northern rural Hama, also putting it out of service.
The violent aerial and ground bombardment killed more than 20 civilians and wounded dozens more in Idlib province on Sunday. It also triggered a mass exodus of civilians from northern and western rural Hama as well as southern rural Idlib. The majority of the people fleeing the bombardment sought refuge in IDP camps in the far north.
The Emergency Response Coordinators Team on Saturday said that the Russian and Assad regime forces bombed more than 91 targets in northern rural Hama and southern rural Idlib. The targets included 13 vital civilian centers, including four medical centers, two civilian defense centers, two IDP camps, and five educational facilities.
The Syrian Coalition earlier called on the international community to take immediate action to save civilians in the Idlib and Hama countryside, especially women and children by putting an end to the bombing campaign and mass displacement of civilians.
The Assad regime and Russian forces have stepped up the bombing campaign on northwestern Syria since April 26 in violation of the Idlib agreement calling for a ceasefire and the establishment of a demilitarized zone in the region. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
An official in the Syrian Coalition stressed that the international community has a duty to provide protection for Syrian civilians from the ongoing bombing campaign by the Assad regime and its allies.
Hadi al-Bahra, member of the Coalition’s political committee, said that the Syrian people have the right to be protected in safe havens.
Bahra warned of fresh, unprecedented waves of refugees. “If the international community does not act swiftly to put an end to the bombing campaign by the Assad regime and its allies and revitalize the stalled political process, they will have to deal with yet the largest waves of refugees to outside Syria.”
The Assad regime and Russian forces have stepped up the bombing campaign in northwestern Syria since April 26, targeting mainly civilian areas and vital civilian facilities. The airstrikes have so far caused hundreds of civilian casualties as well as destroyed many hospitals and other vital civilian centers.
In its latest regular meeting, the Coalition’s General Assembly discussed the latest political and field developments in Syria, especially the serious military escalation by the Assad regime and Russian forces in Idlib province.
The Coalition stressed that the ongoing brutal bombing campaign should confirm to the international community that the regime continues to show utter disregard for the political process and political solution that is needed to stop the bloodshed and alleviate the suffering of Syrian civilians.
Members of the General Assembly called on the United Nations to condemn the intensified bombing campaign in Idlib and hold those responsible to account; refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court; preserve the Idlib agreement; and help reach a nationwide ceasefire. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Syrian Coalition - Syria
Department of Media and Communications
May 6, 2019
The serious military escalation by the Assad regime forces, backed by the Russian air force and the Iranian militias against towns and villages in the Hama and Idlib provinces have so far resulted in the deaths of dozens of civilians and the injury of hundreds more in the past few days. The fierce Russian airstrikes and the regime’s heavy artillery shelling is directly targeting residential areas. The bombardment has so far destroyed four hospitals and transformed several towns and villages into devastated areas. The bombings are also targeting IDP camps and main roads in the region.
This blatant aggression has forced well over 300,000 people out of their homes and did not stop even on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. In addition to violating all agreements and resolutions, the onslaught is a new attempt to sabotage the political solution and impose a repressive, terrorist military solution on the Syrian people.
The Syrian Coalition warns of the consequences of the ongoing military escalation as it reminds the UN Security Council of its responsibilities towards what is happening and the plans of the regime and its allies who are aiding it in its aggression.
It is imperative that the sponsors of the political solution and guarantors of the Idlib Agreement shoulder their responsibilities with regards to the serious escalation risking the creation of new major humanitarian disasters affecting the Syrian people. Syrian civilians need urgent international protection. The world must not remain silent as the Syrian people, especially women and children, are being killed and displaced en masse.