The Syrian Civil Defense called on the international community to assume its responsibilities with regards to the protection of civilians in Idlib from the bombing campaign by Russia and the Assad regime. It called for an end to the bombing and the systematic war crimes taking place against the Syrian people.
In a press release issued on Monday, the rescue group said that the Assad regime forces on Sunday evening violated the ceasefire by shelling southern and eastern rural Idlib with heavy artillery and rockets.
The civil defense pointed out that these violations confirmed that Russia and the Assad regime are murderers who must be held accountable for killing civilians in Idlib. It stressed that those being killed in Syria are not just numbers and that they have the right to live like other peoples.
“Every time Russia, the sponsor of the Assad regime, claims it respects the ceasefire agreements, but as soon as civilians try to return to their normal lives, Russia resumes the bombing, killing, and terrorizing of civilians.”
Moreover, the rescue group pointed out that the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Idlib today may be the largest ever, pointing out that 1.7 million people were forced to leave their homes as a result of the continued bombing in yet the largest displacement movement in Syria.
“The United Nations’ attempts to introduce humanitarian aid through the border crossings to relief civilians is not enough as this aid will not reach those in need because of the continued targeting of civilians,” it added. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)