229 civilians killed, 3 million caught in crossfire in Syria
The United Nations estimates that government air strikes have uprooted nearly 2,50,000 people in a month’s time. Syria and its ally Russia are responsible for killing 229 civilians and wounding over 700 people.
Over 20 civilians were killed by the Syrian government as it continued bombarding the country’s northwest region against the last rebel stronghold.
According to the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations (UOSSM) medical charity, Syria and its ally Russia are responsible for killing 229 civilians and wounding over 700 people. The rescue service said shelling and air raids killed 24 people, including nine children in villages on May 28.
The United Nations estimates that government air strikes have uprooted nearly 2,50,000 people in a month’s time. Satellite images by DigitalGlobe Inc show fields, orchards, and olive groves burning in the region where the army waged an assault against rebels in their last major stronghold.
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Speaking to Reuters, Mustafa al-Haj Yousef, Head of the Idlib Civil defence said that government warplanes had been pounding crop fields. When compared to last week, the before and after images show fields blackened by fire.
The United States calls this situation a "reckless escalation" of violence. "Indiscriminate attacks on civilians and public infrastructure such as schools, markets and hospitals is unacceptable," said US State Department Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus. She added, “The violence must end.”
France's foreign minister said that there were signs of chemical attacks by Syrian government forces on rebels in northwest Syria but this information was not verified. Similarly, the United States said that it had received numerous reports on chemical exposure against rebels in the region. In response, the Syrian government has denied using chemical weapons.
While al-Habeet in Idlib is in the hands of insurgents, the Syrian government recaptured Kafr Nabouda on May 26. The Syrian government is determined to destroy Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), formerly the Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate, who is now controlling Idlib, parts of Aleppo, Hama, and Latakia.
Humanitarian operations in many areas where there are active hostilities have been suspended. Roughly, three million people are caught in the crossfire in northwest Syria. The army onslaught over the past month marks the most intense escalation between President Bashar al-Assad and his insurgent enemies since 2018.
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