Activists and media workers in Idlib province launched a media campaign calling for an end to the bombardment, starvation and the killing of innocent children by the Assad regime and the Russian air forces.
Organizers of the online campaign posted photos and videos on social media sites under the hashtag ‘stop the killing of children.’ At least 107 children have been killed in airstrikes and artillery shelling by the Assad regime and Russian forces on Idlib province since the ‘de-escalation zones’ agreement was signed in the Kazakh capital Astana on May 6.
Osama al-Shami, a media activist and one of the organizers of the campaign, said Wednesday that “the aim of the campaign is to expose the false claims made by Russian officials that they are committed to the ‘de-escalation zones’ agreement as Russia continues to kill children and committing the most horrific massacres though it is a guarantor of the agreement.”
“The Russian guarantor has committed scores of massacres in Syria, including in the towns of Armanaz, Khan Sheikhoun, Maaret al-Nouman and other areas,” Shami said. The latest of these massacres was committed in the town of Maar Shoureen in rural Idlib on Tuesday claiming the lives of many children.
The Syrian Coalition condemned the massacre that was committed by the Russian occupiers in the town of Maar Shoureen in rural Idlib on Tuesday (December 19) claiming the lives of dozens of civilians including women and children.
In a press release issued on Thursday, the Coalition called for international action to stop the crimes being committed by Russia and the Assad regime. It stressed that statements made by the representatives of the active players have so far failed to put pressure on the Assad regime and Russian occupiers. These statements cannot absolve the international community of its legal and humanitarian responsibilities to protect civilians and maintain peace and security in Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Baladi News Network)