The Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr al-Hariri, said that the Assad regime and Russia continue to target residential areas and vital civilian centers in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria and did not abide by the ceasefire.
“The Assad regime and Russia have a proven track record in violating the ceasefire agreements,” Hariri said in comments he published on Twitter on Friday.
“We hear a talk about a cease-fire or some sort of a truce, but what we see is quite the opposite,” Hariri added. He stressed that the Assad regime and its allies were continuing the bombardment of civilians and causing civilian casualties, including children in rural Hama, Idlib and Lattakia.
The Friday congregational prayers were cancelled for fear of the targeting of civilian gatherings by the Assad regime and Russia. Local activists said that the Assad regime and Russian jets did not leave the skies over Idlib province and targeted several towns and villages at dawn today.
The Assad regime and its allies have repeatedly breached agreements for ceasefires and the introduction of humanitarian aid to those in need. They also did not show any respect for agreements calling for the lifting of the siege on the besieged areas and for all international resolutions aimed at finding a political solution in Syria, most notably the Geneva Communique of 2012 and the UN Security Council resolution 2254.
The Syrian Coalition earlier called on the international community to take urgent action to protect civilians and put an end to the targeting of residential areas and vital civilian centers. It also called for maintaining the Idlib Agreement to establish a ceasefire and for the revitalization of the political process to find a just political solution. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)