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Idlib children are victims of regional and international interests

Clashes have intensified recently in the northern countryside of Hama and Idlib on the back of the Syrian regime’s insistence on controlling the Aleppo – Damascus and Aleppo – Lattakia roads. Meanwhile, Jabhat al-Nusra and pro-Turkish armed groups are trying to invest civilians and residents of the region in their media to market their dark plans and projects and to pressure the regime army and Russia to stop the military campaign launched by these targeted areas.

According to the documents and information leaked from the last Sochi conference, there was an agreement by the various parties participating in the conference on the terms of stopping the escalation and withdrawal of heavy weapons at a distance of (20) km away from the lines of contact and under the guarantee of Russia and Turkey. Yet, what happened, it is coincided with Turkish threats against Northern Syria, the pace of fighting in that region has risen without any regard to the lives of thousands of civilians at risk and the scourge of war. And as a result of the outbreak of fighting and indiscriminate shelling from both sides of the conflict, many children, women and civilians fell victim to the failure of the guarantors who couldn’t fulfill their obligations to the region and its inhabitants .

We are in the SDFs condemn in the strongest terms this brutal use of excessive force on both sides of the trenches in populated areas. We express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and similarly call on the international community to intervene so that to stop this Holocaust against the Syrians, Whether the civilians who were killed as a result of the air strikes that are waged by the Syrian regime and its allies, or civilians whose lives are at risk because of their religious or sectarian affiliation by pro-Turkish opposition factions.

Keno Gabriel
Official spokesman of the Syrian Democratic Forces
August 18, 2019

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