Syrian Opposition Coalition
Department of Media and Communications
April 21, 2021
Following several days of siege, shelling, and blockade, the Assad regime forces and Iranian terrorist militias stormed the town of Judaidat Al-Fadil in rural Damascus, unleashing a campaign of arrest, looting, and burning that lasted from April 16 to April 21, 2013. The exact death toll for the attack could not be known due to lack of an independent international investigation. However, it is estimated that between 200 and 600 people were killed in the attack, including many women and children.
The Assad regime and its allies will not get away with the carnages they committed in this attack and the similar attacks on Judaidat Artouz and Darayya in 2012, as well as with all other crimes they are committing against the Syrian people. Likewise, the international community will not be absolved of its responsibility for ten terrible years, during which the Assad regime and its allies carried out an endless litany of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including mass forced displacement, demographic change, gross human rights violations, mass arrests, torture and summary executions.
We renew our calls on all countries of the world to work to put an end to the ongoing crimes against the Syrian people; prevent impunity for war criminals; and take the necessary action to ensure this.
Exposing these crimes is an ethical and humanitarian duty towards the victims and the truth alike. It is also a necessary to support the referral of war crimes in Syria to the International Criminal Court. We call on all Arab and international media institutions and human rights activists to commemorate these attacks, hold the perpetrators accountable, and exert pressure on all parties that intend or cherish hopes for rehabilitating the Assad regime.