SYRIANS MOURN AS THEY ENTER THEIR SEVENTH YEAR OF SUFFERING

Karam Foundation is outraged by the indiscriminate foreign attacks inside Syria. On Wednesday, Syrians commemorated six years of war since the start of the revolution that began on March 15, 2011. Yesterday, on March 16, 2017, as Syrians entered their seventh year of suffering, US and Russian led airstrikes targeted civilian populated areas, killing dozens and injuring more than 100 people.

At least 42 people were killed yesterday after US airstrikes targeted a mosque in the village of Al-Jineh, just 30 kilometers west of Aleppo. Rescue workers reported that more than 100 people were injured in the attacks. The US military has disputed claims that US warplanes were responsible for the attack, claiming, instead, that US warplanes had conducted a successful strike of an al-Qaeda stronghold in Idlib province, which killed “several terrorists.”

Rescue workers search the rubble after airstrikes in the Kusur district of Idlib, Syria on Wednesday. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Rescue workers search the rubble after airstrikes in the Kusur district of Idlib, Syria on Wednesday. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 26 civilians were killed after Russian warplanes targeted a residential area in Idlib province in al-Qosur neighborhood. More than half of the victims were children under the age of 18. Among the victims were the children of the Sayeh family, all 7 children were killed.

Photo of the children of the Sayeh family: Hamza, Rand, Bebars, Remas, Weam, Assil, Leen Sayeh

Photo of the children of the Sayeh family: Hamza, Rand, Bebars, Remas, Weam, Assil, Leen Sayeh

As people of conscious, it is our duty to uplift the voices of those suffering. It is our responsibility to amplify their calls to action to end the violence and bloodshed. Karam Foundation urges the international community to take necessary measures in order to protect civilian life. We call on this administration and the international community to appeal to the demands of Syrian civil society – to implement safe zones that will protect civilians from such attacks. Syrians deserve to live in peace, freedom, and dignity.

For six years, Syrian civilians have been the victims of a multifaceted war – taking cover and/or fleeing from not only a ruthless regime, but also forces loyal to it, as well as armed opposition groups, and international coalition airstrikes. Syrian families who are fleeing violence are said to be perpetrators of terror, rather than victims of it. Yesterday, Syrian civilians paid the ultimate price.