Assad’s air force bombed the town of Kafarsajna in rural Idlib on Wednesday, destroying a school and knocking out the only functioning health center. The Syrian Coalition said that the attack showed that the Assad regime was carrying on with its policies and the commission of war crimes and the destruction of civilian infrastructure.
Helicopters belonging to the Assad regime dropped at least six high explosive naval mines on southern rural dlib. Activists said that the attack destroyed a girls school and put the only operational medical center in the town out of service.
The Coalition urged the international community to protect civilians in Idlib as it warned of a major humanitarian disaster in the overpopulated province especially after the arrival of hundreds of thousands of people who were forcibly displaced from their homes in various areas cross Syria by the Assad regime.
Local activists said that there is growing fear among the civilians in Idlib of a renewed bombing campaign on residential and vital areas in the province, a tactic that the Assad regime uses to empty rebel-held areas of the local population and force them to surrender.
Activists of Idlib News Network said that housing centers in the province can receive no more wounded and sick people, noting that many towns in the province have been left without any functioning health facilities.
“The situation in the northern governorate of Idlib remains catastrophic, with almost 400,000 people displaced since mid-December, in addition to tens of thousands who were displaced from the south, including Eastern Ghouta,” UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller told the Security Council on Wednesday.
“There are simply no more sites or shelters available for the vast majority of new arrivals. There has been a 25 percent increase in Idlib’s displaced population than a year ago,” Mueller added
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) in February said that Russian forces targeted 20 vital civilian centers, including eight health facilities, five ambulances, and seven civilian defense centers. Assad regime forces bombed 16 vital civilian centers, including eight medical centers, two ambulances, and six civil defense centers. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)