Around 30 civilians were killed and dozens injured in a new wave of regime airstrikes on rebel-held parts Aleppo, especially on the districts of Bustan al-Qasr, Masaqin Hanano and Al-Maa’di. Among the dead are 13 civilians who were killed in an airstrike on the Saad Al-Ansari School in the Al-Ansari neighborhood. The victims included three teachers.
The latest escalation of the Aleppo bombing prompted the Directorate of Education to suspend schools and institutes until the end of this week.
The new wave of airstrikes followed a fatwa issued by the Assad regime’s grand Mufti Ahmad Hassoun, who called on the regime officials to “wipe out every area from which shells are fired, whatever its population are.”
Vice president of the Syrian Coalition Hisham Marwa said that Hassoun’s fatwa is a call to murder and crime, stressing that this call is no different from calls by extremist organizations in Syria for murder and extermination. “This fatwa represents an outright provocation on committing more war crimes and must be subjected to legal accountability. The file of war crimes in Syria must be referred to the International Criminal Court, and killing in Syria with imputing must come to and end,” Marwa said.
“Assad’s actions are organized state terrorism, for which he has dedicated all civil, military and religious institutions for the killing of civilians. These industrial crimes are no less grave than those committed by ISIS, by which the international community has been preoccupied while ignoring the root cause of its existence and expansion. (Source: Syrian Coalition)