»Syrische Regierungstruppen nehmen Zivilisten unter Beschuss«

Bericht der Vereinten Nationen, 7.7.2020 (engl. Originalfassung)

Syrian children, women and men endured unfathomable suffering during the military campaign launched late 2019 by pro-government forces to re-take the last remaining areas under armed groups’ control in Syria. Deadly dangers awaited civilians at every turn - from indiscriminate aerial bombardments and ground shelling, to arrests and torture, pillaging and dire displacement conditions at the border, according to a new report by the UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry. Now a perfect storm is in the making as this war-torn region faces the global pandemic.

In a 29-page report released today covering the period from November 2019 to June 2020, the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic reports on 52 emblematic attacks by all parties which led to civilian casualties or damage to civilian infrastructure. These include 17 attacks impacting hospitals and medical facilities; 14 attacks impacting schools; 9 attacks impacting markets; and 12 other attacks impacting homes.

The special investigation into recent events in Idlib province and surrounding areas, leading to nearly one million people being displaced in only three months, was requested in June by the Human Rights Council.

“It is completely abhorrent that, after more than 9 years, civilians continue to be indiscriminately attacked, or even targeted, while going about their daily lives” said Commission Chair Paulo Pinheiro. “Children were shelled at school, parents were shelled at the market, patients were shelled at the hospital…, and entire families were bombarded even while fleeing”, he continued. “What is clear from the military campaign is that pro-government forces and UN-designated terrorists flagrantly violated the laws of war and the rights of Syrian civilians”.

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