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Three civilians killed, others injured, in artillery attack by Syrian regime forces in western Aleppo governorate, June 21, 2023

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Three civilians; identified as Mousab Barakat, his son Mohammad Mousab Barakat, and Salim Darwish from Kafr Noran town in the western suburbs of Aleppo governorate; were killed in an artillery attack by Syrian regime forces on June 21, 2023, by Syrian regime forces who fired multiple shells at Kafr Noran town in the western suburbs of Aleppo governorate. One of the shells hit a main street in the center of the town near the municipality building, while a second one landed near a street vendor on the main road between the two towns of Kafr Noran and Ma’aret al-Na’san. In addition to the fatalities, eleven other civilians were injured in the attack, including a woman and multiple children.

The area is under the joint control of armed opposition factions and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) condemns the bombardment of populated areas by Syrian regime forces. It should be noted that, through this and similar attacks, Syrian regime forces have unequivocally violated Security Council resolutions 2139 & 2254, both of which categorically prohibit indiscriminate attacks, as well as violating the rules of international humanitarian law on distinguishing between civilians and fighters. Such attacks aim solely to spread fear and panic among civilians, drive them from their lands and homes, and forcibly displace them. It is estimated that 6.5 million people are currently internally displaced in Syria.

Mousab Barakat and his son Mohammad Mousab Barakat

Mousab Barakat and his son Mohammad Mousab Barakat

Salim Darwish

Salim Darwish

Picture of the location where a shell landed near the municipality’s building in Kafr Noran town

Picture of the location where a shell landed near the municipality’s building in Kafr Noran town