The Syrian Civil Defense sent a video message from inside the town of Maaret al-Nouman to the international community, indicating that the city has become a new witness to the failure of the international community to protect civilians from the brutal onslaught being launched by the Assad regime and Russia against Idlib province.
The Civil Defense called on the international community to take swift action to protect civilians, ensure the return of the displaced people to their homes, and ensure quick humanitarian access.
Director of the Civil Defense Raed Al-Saleh said that “the international community must deal conscientiously, even once, with the Syrian crisis so that we can stop the killing and mass displacement of civilians.”
More than 300,000 people have so far been displaced from town of Maaret al-Nouman and its eastern countryside, while a total of one million people were displaced from the areas that are coming under attack by the Assad regime and Russia in the past six months.
The intensifying bombing campaign by the Assad regime and Russia, which began in mid-December, forced the majority of the residents out of their homes as well as killed and injured hundreds of civilians. It also caused massive destruction to residential neighborhoods and vital facilities. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)