The High Commissioner for Human Rights calls for ensuring the protection of civilians in Syria

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The spokesperson of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Marta Hurtado, has expressed her concern about the increase in hostilities in northwestern Syria, and the continued fighting that has claimed tens of lives and caused the displacement of hundreds of thousands, and the High Commissioner renewed its call on all parties to ensure the protection of civilians.

“I am deeply concerned about the sharp increase in hostilities in northwestern Syria, and the blatant disregard for the protection of civilians,” continued Hurtado in a statement, obtained by “Sputnik”, on Friday, in southern and eastern Idlib and in western and southern Aleppo, which claimed lives and injuries. Dozens of civilians are displaced and hundreds of thousands displaced. ”
“During the five days from 1 to 5 February, we confirmed incidents in which at least 49 civilians, including 14 women and 17 children, were killed. Of these, seven civilians were killed in government-controlled areas. During the past month , Incidents have been confirmed in which at least 186 civilians have been killed, including 33 women, 37 boys and 30 girls. Of these, 14 civilians have been killed in government-controlled areas. ”

A spokesperson for the High Commissioner for Human Rights added: “The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michel Bachelet, reiterates her request to all parties, including the Syrian government, Russia, Turkey, and other governmental or non-governmental actors, to ensure the protection of civilians, and to carry out military operations in accordance with the terms International law. “

“Civilians are killed even while trying to escape intense hostilities. On February 3, pro-government forces bombed a bus traveling on a highway near the town of Aum al-Kubra in the western countryside of Aleppo, killing nine civilians – all from the same family,” the spokeswoman said. – Fleeing the fighting. ”

And I continued to say that, “From 1 to 5 February, we also documented the ground shelling in which armed non-governmental groups attacked residential areas and educational facilities in the city of Aleppo, where five civilians, including a woman and her two children, were killed in the Hamdania neighborhood, and the shelling also hit University resolved, and at least one student was injured. “

Josep Borrell, European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Linnaric, yesterday called for a halt to the attack and ongoing military operations in northwestern Syria, to avoid targeting civilians, and urged all parties to the conflict to facilitate the unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid They affirmed that the violation of humanitarian and international laws is increasing with the displacement of a large number during the past two months to other regions, and they stressed that ending the crisis in Damascus requires a political and not a military solution, under the banner of the United Nations.



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