Renewed airstrikes by the Assad regime on Idlib and Hama provinces killed and injured a number of civilians on Wednesday as the Syrian Coalition warned that the continuing war crimes against civilians risk undermining chances of a political solution.
Local activists said that Assad regime jets hit the town of Jisr al-Shughour in western rural of Idlib with vacuum bombs, killing one civilian and wounding others as well as destroying civilian homes.
Assad regime air force also bombed the villages of Ishtabraq and Al-Najiya in western rural Idlib, while the village of Qandiya was hit with barrel bombs, causing damage to civilian homes.
Regime forces also targeted vehicles traveling near the village of Mansoura in the Sahl al-Ghab plain in northwestern rural Hama with heat-seeking missiles. Local activists said that at least five civilians were killed when the car carrying them was hit while travelling near the village. The bodies of the victims were burned beyond recognition, activists added.
Samer Nassar, director of the civil defense center in the town of Qastoun, said that rescue workers managed to reach the targeted car and saw charred corpses inside. He pointed out that regime forces targeted the place while rescue workers were trying to pull out the corpses.
The Syrian Coalition pointed out that these crimes once again showed that the Assad regime and its allies know only the language of killing, shelling, siege and mass forced displacement, arbitrary detention and systematic torture. It stressed that these crimes are aimed at forcing the Syrian people to give up their legitimate demands. The Coalition warned that the survival of the Assad regime and its continued widespread war crimes pose real threat to international peace and security.
(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 16.05.2018)