The Commission of Syrian Legal Experts warned the international community of the negative consequences for the entire world should it remain silent and continues to ignore the massacres being committed against the Syrian people. It stressed that Russia, Iran and the Assad regime must not be allowed to carry on with their atrocities and violations of international resolutions.
In a memorandum issued on Tuesday, the Commission said that what has happened in Syria in recent years, especially the genocide against thousands of Syrian civilians by the Assad regime, Russia and Iran and their militias and the displacement of millions would shatter the people’s’ confidence in all international organizations and their credibility.
The Commission warned that the latest onslaught on Idlib and the Hama countryside will worsen the refugee crisis if the bombing campaigns continues, which will in turn threaten international peace and security.
Moreover, the Commission said that the Assad regime and Russian forces carried out more than 150 airstrikes and fired at least 200 artillery shells on civilian homes, public markets, and hospitals in rural Hama and Idlib in the past 24 hours. It also said that the bombing campaign has so far killed no fewer than 368 civilians, mostly women and children, since it began in early February.
The Commission called upon the UN Security Council, as the body charged with maintaining international peace and security, to take swift action to save the lives of civilians and ensure a halt to the shelling of Idlib and Hama provinces pursuant to paragraph 13 of UN Security Council resolution 2254 of 2015.
The Commission called for restoring peace efforts in Syria from the Astana and Sochi tracks to the Geneva process and placing them under the exclusive umbrella of the UN. Such measures are key to rein in the crimes of Russia, Iran and the Assad regime. It warned of fresh major refugee crisis threatening the whole world.
The Syrian Coalition on Tuesday Coalition said that Syrian civilians are being subjected to war crimes and genocide as a result of the relentless bombardment by the Assad regime and Russian forces against the countryside of Idlib and Hama.
The Coalition regretted that these crimes have not yet been met with the appropriate response from the international community, calling for providing Syrian civilians with international protection and not leave them, especially women and children, an easy prey to death and displacement. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)