Published: Wed, June 13, 2018

UN Secretary General Calls for Investigation of Air Strikes in Syria's Idlib

UN Secretary General Calls for Investigation of Air Strikes in Syria's Idlib

Moumtzis' comments came three days after an airstrike on the northwestern village of Zardana killed more than 40 people in one of the deadliest attacks in Idlib province this year.

The villages of Fuaa and Kafraya represent a tiny pocket of regime-held territory in Syria's northwest Idlib province, which is otherwise nearly entirely controlled by various jihadist and hardline rebels.

Idlib, which lies on the border with Turkey, has seen its population balloon to around 2 million people in recent years as fighters and civilians evacuated from other opposition areas are dumped there.

Under attack in Idlib hit the building children's hospital of the city of Tetanus and as a result killed three children, according to the Chronicle.info with reference to TSN.

Late on Saturday, Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS) and allied fighters shelled Fuaa and Kafraya heavily and clashed with local fighters.

With the Dollars 1.8 billion appeal for Syria only 26 percent funded, the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator said on Monday that the global response to the seven-year conflict was "really at a breaking point".

Idlib is home to almost 1 million children, many of them displaced from other parts of the country.


Fuaa and Kafraya are the only two places in Syria now designated by the United Nations as besieged after the government recaptured the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in southern Damascus.

"He calls for a full investigation into the attacks, especially allegations that there was also a second strike targeting first responders, to establish accountability", his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, said in a statement on Sunday.

Last year, Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation agreed in Astana to establish de-escalation zones in the northern province of Idlib and parts of neighboring Latakia, Hama and Aleppo.

Panos Moumtzis, the United Nations regional humanitarian coordinator, called on major powers to broker a settlement to end the war and avoid a bloodbath in Idlib.

Syrian forces later moved to liberate other militant-held areas in the provinces of Homs and Hama.

Regarding the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country, Moumtzis said yesterday that 920,000 people were displaced in Syria between January and April, the highest number of any four-month span since the war began. Its local rivals hold about a third and the regime controls about 10 per cent, according to the Observatory.

Since Russia intervened in its support in 2015, the government has regained control of around half of the country.

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