ALERT – Syria: HI condemns the bombing of populated areas in Idlib

Posted by: on May 16, 2019 | No Comments

As fighting intensifies in north-western Syria, particularly in the city of Idlib and southern Idlib province, HI is concerned about the plight of thousands of civilians directly exposed to bombing.

According to the United Nations, between 29 April and 9 May, some 180,000 people were displaced by fighting, which affected 15 health centres and 16 schools including at least three health centres that were deconflicted (meaning the parties to the conflict were aware of their locations while they attacked them). HI strongly condemns the attack on civilian infrastructures, including humanitarian facilities.

 “Parties to conflicts must do everything possible to ensure the safety of civilians effectively trapped by fighting,” says Anne Hery, Director of Advocacy and Institutional Relations at HI. “It is not acceptable for families, women and children to be targeted by bombing.”

As part of its international “Stop Bombing Civilians” campaign, launched in March 2016, HI is calling on governments to draw up a political declaration to end the use of explosive weapons in populated areas in order to better protect civilians living in conflict zones and to assist casualties.