In a new violation of the “de-escalation” agreement in northern Syria; the Syrian regime forces bombed a school in the countryside of Idlib, northwest of the country, leaving 3 civilians injured.
The Syrian regime forces, stationed in the Saraqeb area, bombed an elementary school in Afs village, in the Idlib countryside, with surface-to-surface missiles.
The shelling resulted in the injury of a teacher and two students, the Syrian Civil Defence (White Helmets) said, adding that they were provided first aid and taken to a hospital in the area.
In May 2017, Turkey, Russia, and Iran announced 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 Syria.
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 began in Syria on March 18, 2011, after the Syrian regime launched a fierce crackdown on protests condemning human rights violations in the country.
Meanwhile, millions of displaced people are currently living in camps in north and northwest Syria, as they fled the regime’s bombing of their villages, towns, and cities.
International humanitarian law prohibits targeting civilians and subjecting them to attack, whether a group or individuals and stresses respect for their lives, their physical and mental integrity, and their protection and humane treatment.
These serious human rights violations require urgent international intervention to hold those responsible to justice and provide protection to civilians during conflicts.