The United States and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) condemned the Assad regime and its allies’ attacks against civilians in Idlib and the targeting of medical centers and vital civilian centers.
US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in addition to those who died 40 people have been injured in the attacks that hit a school, a maternity hospital and a home.
“The Assad regime’s murderous war machine has killed and injured thousands in northwest Syria alone – many of whom are women and children,” Ortagus said in a statement. “The latest reported incidents reflect a well-documented pattern of attacks against civilians and infrastructure by Russian and Syrian forces.”
“Attacks on innocent Syrians must cease immediately for the humanitarian crisis to end and for the political process to go forward,” she said.
UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville on Friday told journalists that since April 29, 61 medical facilities in northwestern Syria have been hit, including some that were struck several times.
Rights activists said that the Assad regime and its Russian ally bombed at least 14 vital civilian centers in northwestern Syria in the past 72 hours, including medical and educational facilities as well as bakeries.
The Emergency Response Coordinators Team in Syria’s northwest said that the targeted facilities included four medical facilities, two educational facilities, four civil defense centers, two bakeries, and a IDP camp.
The Team added that the Assad regime and Russian forces committed numerous war crimes and violations against civilians, without the world moving a finger or taking action to punish the perpetrators.
The Syrian National Coalition on Thursday called on the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the current developments in Idlib. It urged the Council to take the necessary steps to stop the criminal attacks and the systematic shelling targeting hospitals and residential neighborhoods and to do everything to ensure protection for civilians. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)