Dozens of civilians on Sunday gathered in the main square in central Idlib city to protest the Assad regime and Russia’s intensified shelling on the provinces of Idlib and Hama which has killed dozens of people and wounded hundreds more in recent weeks.
The demonstrators sent a message to the international community stressing that the final decision should be for the owners of the land as they condemned the silence about the crimes being committed by the Assad regime and Russia forces against innocent civilians.
The Syrian Coalition called on the international community to deter the Assad regime forces and their allies. “If the international community is really interested in activating the path of political solution, it has to prevent the Assad regime from targeting unarmed civilians in the provinces of Idlib and Hama.”
The Assad regime forces and their allies have significantly stepped up rocket and artillery shelling on the province of Idlib as well as on northern and western rural Hama over the past few days. The Syrian civil defense said that the shelling has claimed the lives of dozens of civilians, including many children and women since February 12.
The Syrian civil defense pointed out that various types of weapons were being used in the shelling, adding that it has counted 456 artillery and rocket shells as well as 52 cluster bombs that have hit the area since February 12.
The shelling also prompted suspension of schools in the area following the death of many children in attacks on schools in the area. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)