The Syrian Coalition has declared the entire province of Idlib a disaster area in light of continued deadly aerial campaign by the Assad regime and Russian forces. The Coalition has urged the Syrian interim government and all relief and medical organizations in the province to stay on full alert and make all efforts to address the deteriorating situation across Idlib province and meet the needs of civilians there.
The Coalition called upon international humanitarian organizations and friendly countries to take urgent action in order to support medical and relief organizations working on the ground. The Coalition also called for expeditiously stepping up support for the Free Syrian Army and enable it defend civilians as well as thousands of internally displaced people against brutal attacks by the Assad regime and Russian forces.
The Coalition called upon the international community to unequivocally condemn the Russian aggression on Syria and the crimes committed by the Assad regime against the Syrian people. It stressed the need for exercising pressure on the regime and its allies in order to stop the onslaught on Idlib and across all Syria’s territories in line with UN Security Council resolutions.
The Assad regime and Russian forces have lately intensified aerial bombardment on Idlib province, targeting mostly civilian areas, hospitals, mosques and IDPs camps. The aerial campaign is clearly aimed at destroying rebel-held areas and forcing the civilian population out of their homes.
At least 72 civilians, including 15 children, have been killed and over 325 wounded in the bombing on Idlib over the past few days. The bombings destroyed 4 health facilities, a power station, a school and a mosque.
The Coalition criticized the lack of serious UN action to force an immediate halt to the military operations by the Assad regime and Russian forces and to force the Assad regime to immediately lift the blockades on besieged areas. (Source: Syrian Coalition)