AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: “ATTACKS OF RUSSIAN FORCES AND SYRIAN GOVERNMENT MAY AMOUNT TO WAR CRIMES”


12/05/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- In its latest report, Amnesty International has documented 18 attacks in northwest Syria which were carried out by Syrian government and Russian forces over the past year that amounted to war crimes. In a report published on May 10, Amnesty says those 18 attacks targeted medical facilities and schools and were carried out by either the Syrian government or its Russian ally between May 2019 and February 2020 in Idlib and areas which belong to the rebel forces.

According to the Independent news agency, the report called “‘Nowhere is safe for us’: Unlawful attacks and mass displacement in northwest Syria” contains information from flight spotters and intercepted flight communications. “These recordings from the cockpits of warplanes provide strong evidence of the Russian military’s involvement in at least one unlawful attack that put a hospital out of service,” the Amnesty says. In one of the incidents highlighted in the report, 11 civilians including a doctor killed and at least 30 civilians were injured in a series of airstrikes near al-Shami hospital in Ariha in January.

The UK-based human rights organization called UN Security Council not to cut a vital aid lifeline for civilians in north-west Syria. Normally, a resolution which allows humanitarian assistance to reach Idlib across Syria’s borders will be expired in few weeks.  “Even by the standards of Syria’s calamitous nine-year crisis, the displacement and humanitarian emergency sparked by the latest onslaught on Idlib has been unprecedented. The UN Security Council must not cut the vital lifeline of cross-border humanitarian aid while thousands of lives hang in the balance,” said Heba Morayef, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Director.


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