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Six civilians injured in a ground regime attack in E. Idlib, July 3, 2024

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On July 3, 2024, Syrian regime forces fired multiple artillery shells and 10 rockets targeting Sarmin city and its vicinity in eastern rural Idlib governorate, injuring six civilians – two children and four women. Additionally, the attack struck the main market, causing material damages, as well as Othman bin Affan Mosque in the center of the city, partially destroying the building and moderately damaging the interior furnishing. Some rockets and shells also landed near Martyr Abdou Salama School for Elementary Education, which is also close to Imam al-Nawwi Institute, in the city’s eastern neighborhood, with no damage recorded to either of the two educational facilities.

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 be ensured a safe and stable return to their homes.

Six civilians injured in a ground regime attack in E. Idlib, July 3, 2024