Determined to prevent any aspect of life in areas controlled by rebels, the Assad regime continues to wreak havoc and destruction in residential neighborhoods, causing mass displacement of civilians and massive damage to the infrastructure.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said in a report that “the liberation of the city of Idlib on Saturday, March 28, 2015 was followed by escalated bombardment from government forces targeting the city and its vital centers, such as markets, and mosques and some Idlib rural cities, most notably Sraqb, Sarmin, and Ma’ara Al-Numan. Most bombing was carried out by air forces, raining barrel bombs and missiles, some containing toxic gasses, on the city and its surroundings.”
“In less than two weeks the Idlib province has been shelled with about 47 barrel bombs and a minimum of 100 missiles. Before government forces left Idlib they executed 15 detainees by shooting,” the report added.
“According to SNHR victims documentation team; the number of victims from Friday, March 27, 2015, to Friday, April 10, 2015, has reached 236 individuals as follows: 82 armed opposition gunmen, 154 civilians including 54 children and 39 women.”
Vice president of the Syrian Coalition Nagham al-Ghadiri said that “we have repeatedly called on friendly countries to supply rebels with advanced weapons capable of warding off Assad’s air force, and also called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities towards civilians in Syria.”
“Assad’s strategy aims to kill any chance for Syrians in the liberate areas to establish civil governance or restore public services. The fierce bombing on Idlib is causing a massive exodus of civilians, estimated at over 70% of the population.” she added.
“Local councils, civil bodies and rebel factions are making a great effort to run and secure public institutions and facilities to provide services for civilians, warning that ISIS might step in and exploit the vacuum and chaos caused by the Assad regime vengeful attacks on the city.” (Source: Syrian Coalition)