Some 471 families fleeing rural eastern Idlib and southern rural Aleppo have arrived in the town of Khan al-Asal west of Aleppo to escape the brutal onslaught being launched by regime forces and their allied Iranian militias with Russian aerial support.
Head of the local council in Khan al-Asal Jamal Ahmad told Smart News Network that the families arrived in the town during the past three days, adding that the council is struggling to meet their needs.
Ahmed added that they contacted relief organizations to provide assistance to the displaced people but these had not been able to reach the area because it was close to the areas coming under bombardment.
Ahmed pointed out that the council set up committees to address the needs of the new arrivals, adding that the council needs support to implement a water project and establish a medical center to provide ambulance services to the displaced people. He noted that the council also needs support to procure pesticides to prevent the spread of diseases.
The Syrian Coalition earlier warned that any further military escalation by the Assad regime would inevitably result in the collapse of the political process. It slammed failure of the international community to protect Syrian civilians.
The mounting civilian casualties in different areas across Syria in recent weeks has left the ‘de-escalation zones’ agreement in jeopardy, warned Nasr al-Hariri, Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission.
The upsurge in violence in the Idlib province and eastern Ghouta prompted the UN-mandated Independent International Commission of Inquiry to express “deep concern as it called on all parties to abide by the basic principles of international humanitarian law and to take every necessary precaution to protect civilians. It reiterated its supports for all efforts to promote accountability and find a political solution to the conflict. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)