In yet another breach of the “de-escalation zone” agreement in northern Syria, residential areas within Idlib’s Jisr al-Shughour city were subjected to shelling, resulting in the injury of ten civilians, including two children and four women.
According to sources from the Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets), Jisr al-Shughour experienced ground shelling carried out by Syrian regime forces stationed in the village of Jurin, located in the northwest of Hama province. These injuries necessitated immediate transfer to nearby hospitals.
In May 2017, Turkey, Russia, and Iran reached an agreement to establish a “de-escalation zone” encompassing Idlib and parts of Aleppo, Hama, and Latakia provinces during the Astana talks addressing the Syrian conflict. However, Syrian regime forces and their allies intermittently attack the region, despite the ceasefire agreement signed in March 2020.
Since March 18, 2011, Syria has been mired in a civil war sparked by the Syrian regime’s violent suppression of protests denouncing human rights violations.
In recent years, the Syrian regime has granted citizenship to numerous members of Iran-affiliated groups in return for their involvement in the war against the opposition since 2011.
Millions of displaced Syrians reside in camps in northern and northwestern Syria after fleeing regime assaults on their homes, towns, and cities.
It is crucial to note that international humanitarian law expressly prohibits the targeting of civilians and their exposure to attacks, whether as groups or individuals. It underscores the need for the international community and human rights organizations to intervene and safeguard the Syrian population from the violations they endure.