Local activists warned of the consequences of attacks by the Assad regime forces and their Russian backers on northwestern Syria, expressing fears that more civilians will be forced to flee their homes should these attacks continue. Intensifying bombardment and shelling forced more than 21,341 people out of their homes in the region in the past three days.
In a press release issued on Monday, the Emergency Response Coordinators Team condemned the continued hostilities by the Assad regime and Russian forces as it slammed the international silence by the major actors in Syria.
The Team pointed out that the Assad regime and its Russia ally are seeking to empty the region of its civilian population, adding that these attacks constituted a crime of mass forced displacement, a policy that the Assad regime forces have been pursuing since early 2015.
According to the Team, the Assad regime forces bombed more than 61 points in the provinces of Aleppo, Hama, Idlib and Lattakia, with the most violent attacks targeting western rural Idlib.
The Team went on to say that the Assad regime and Russian forces targeted many vital civilian facilities and infrastructure, including medical centers, educational centers, and IDP camps. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)