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Man, boy killed and 16 others injured in ground regime attack on Idlib city, December 30, 2023

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On December 30, 2023, Syrian regime artillery forced fired multiple shells at the popular market in Idlib city center, killing two civilians, a man and boy, and injuring another 16, including four children, as well as partially destroying the market. The area is under the control of armed opposition factions and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) notes that through this attack, Syrian regime forces have again unequivocally violated UN 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, to drive them from their lands and homes, and to forcibly displace them. An estimated 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 have a safe and stable return.

Man, boy killed and 16 others injured in ground regime attack on Idlib city, December 30, 2023