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Two civilians injured in an IRGC ground attack on N. Idlib, January 15, 2024

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On January 15, 2024, members of Iran’s so-called Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) used a rocket launcher to fire multiple long-range rockets from Iran at the southern outskirts of Taltita village near Kafr Takharim town in northwestern rural Idlib governorate. The rockets hit an out-of-commission medical dispensary causing severe damage and completely destroying about 60 percent and injuring two civilians nearby. The area is under the control of armed opposition factions and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) notes that through this attack, Syrian regime forces and their allies 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 be ensured a safe and stable return.

Two civilians injured in an IRGC ground attack on N. Idlib, January 15, 2024