In a statement of The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), it condemned the killing of 5 children, saying: “At least 5 children were killed and 9 others were injured in an attack early Friday morning in western Idlib, northwest Syria.”
It added that “This is a devastating reminder that the war on children is not over. Children in the northwest of Syria and across the country keep paying the heaviest price of the ongoing violence.” It also stressed that “Children should never be targeted and should be protected at all times and wherever they are,” she added.
The UNICEF pointed out that “In 2021, 70 per cent of grave violations recorded against children in Syria occurred in the northwest.”
On Friday, July 22, the Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets), announced that seven civilians, including five children, were killed, and 13 others were injured in a bombing carried out by a Russian warplane on the village of Al-Jadida, which is home to displaced families, along with Christians.
The sources confirmed that those killed in the bombing were civilians who were displaced from the countryside of Hama Governorate, due to the intense targeting of their areas by the Syrian regime forces and its allies.
In May 2017, Turkey, Russia and Iran announced that they had reached an agreement to establish a “de-escalation zone” in Idlib and parts of the countryside of Aleppo, Hama and Latakia, as part of the Astana meetings on the Syrian issue, however, the Syrian regime forces and their supporters continued to attack the area from time to time, despite the ceasefire agreement signed on March 5, 2020.
A civil war has been going on in Syria since March 18, 2011, after the Syrian regime launched a fierce crackdown on protests condemning human rights violations in the country.
Over the past years, the Syrian regime granted citizenship to a large number of Iranian group members for their participation in the war it has waged against the opposition since 2011.
Millions of displaced people live in camps in north and northwest Syria, after fleeing the regime’s bombing of their villages, towns and cities.