Multiple civilians including a child injured in a ground attack by Syrian regime forces in southern Idlib governorate, August 22, 2023

On August 22, 2023, Syrian regime artillery forces fired multiple shells at Ihsem town in Jabal al-Zawiya in southern rural Idlib governorate. One of the shells hit a house, injuring a civilian resident and his son, in addition to causing material damages and partially destroying the home. A second shell landed near Ihsem School for Boys, injuring an elderly man. The area is under the joint control of the Syrian National Army (SNA) and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) condemns the Syrian regime’s attacks on populated areas. 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, and to 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.

The international community must put pressure on the Syrian regime and its allies to support a process of political transition. Pressure should be applied on all parties to compel them to launch such a transition within a period of no more than six months, so that millions of displaced people can safely and stably return to their homes.

Multiple civilians including a child injured in a ground attack by Syrian regime forces in southern Idlib governorate, August 22, 2023