Karam Foundation strongly condemns the recent outbreak of violence in Idlib, and the increase in attacks against civilians throughout Syria, including Rural Damascus. According to human rights monitoring groups, over 1,000 civilians were killed during the month of September – despite the current “de-escalation zones” agreement. This is the highest civilian death toll in Syria in one month to date.

On Sunday October 8, warplanes believed to belong to the Syrian regime, attacked a marketplace in Maarat al Numan, Idlib.  Reports indicate that at least 11 people were killed, including at least 2 children and 2 women. The death toll is expected to rise, as many victims remain in critical condition.

Photo by: Mohamad Krks

Photo by: Mohamad Krks

Karam Foundation staff that are based and work in Maarat Al Numan were on the ground at the time of the airstrike.

“We were at the Karam office at the time of the strike. At the moment of the strike, we stopped and looked at one another, waiting see where the explosion was. A few seconds later we heard a huge explosion. We ran to see where the attack was, and upon our arrival we saw fires and bodies everywhere. There is one image I particularly remember which was that of a woman whose arm was cut-off lying on the ground-approximately 50 meters from the actual strike. Everyone was running to help but the Civil Defense was telling people to leave because the airplane was coming back. It was a really difficult moment, to say the least,” said Omar, Karam Foundations Syria Project Coordinator, based in Idlib.

The continued disregard for civilian life has resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children in Syria. We demand that the international community take the necessary steps to ensure the protection of all civilians throughout the country.   

As humanitarians committed to building a better future for Syria, we will not be silent witnesses to the daily attacks against Syrian civilians whether it be  by missiles, chemical weapons, incendiary bombs, or barrel bombs. Syrians deserve to live with dignity in safety and peace in their homes.

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