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Syrian regime forces bomb al-Zubair ben al-Awwam Mosque in E. Idlib, July 2, 2024

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On July 2, 2024, Syrian regime artillery forces fired a shell at Afis village in eastern rural Idlib governorate, which directly hit al-Zubair ben al-Awwam Mosque, partially destroying the mosque’s minaret, while causing moderate damage to the interior furnishing and windows. 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 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 members. 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 to their homes.

Syrian regime forces bomb al-Zubair ben al-Awwam Mosque in E. Idlib, July 2, 2024