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Civilian man named Mohammad Hashoum injured in a ground regime attack in S. Idlib, February 18, 2024

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A civilian man, identified as 62-year-old Mohammad Ahmad Hashoum who works as a shepherd, sustained moderate injuries in an artillery attack on February 18, 2024, by Syrian regime forces whofired a shell at the outskirts of his home village of Kansafra in southern rural Idlib. The attack also killed a number of sheep. 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, regime forces have again unequivocally violated UN Security Council resolutions 2139 and 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.

Civilian man named Mohammad Hashoum injured in a ground regime attack in S. Idlib, February 18, 2024