Karam Foundation is outraged by the series of deadly aerial attacks on Syrian civilians over the last week that have destroyed schools, hospitals, and marketplaces, killing hundreds of innocent people and wounding thousands more. We condemn these attacks by all the parties responsible and demand the protection of civilian life in Syria.
On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at least 30 civilians were killed in an airstrike by the US-led coaltion against ISIS. US forces claim that airstrikes are intended to hit ISIS targets. The attack struck a school in al-Mansoura, west of Raqqa in northern Syria. The school sheltered 40 displaced families from Aleppo, Raqqa, and Homs. This attack occurred just one week after US warplanes partially destroyed a mosque in al-Jinnah, west of Aleppo that killed more than 40 civilians.
On Saturday March 25, 2017, aerial attacks continued to target civilians across Syria. More than 16 civilians were killed, including 8 children and women, in an airstrike carried out by Russian and/or regime forces that targeted the town of Hamourieh in eastern Ghouta. More than 50 were wounded.
The Syrian regime air force targeted a hospital in Latamneh, Hama with barrel bombs filled with chlorine gas. Reports indicate at least 20 cases of civilian suffocation. Orthopedic surgeon, Dr Ali Darwish was killed in the attack by suffocation. Another hospital in Kafranbel, Idlib province in northern Syria was targeted by Russian warplanes that struck the hospital 5 times. Both hospitals are no longer in service.
As humanitarians committed to building a better future for Syria, we cannot be silent witnesses to the daily attacks against Syrian civilians — by missiles, chemical weapons, incendiary bombs, and barrel bombs. Syrians deserve to live in safety and peace in their homes like all human beings on the planet.
Karam Foundation demands that world leaders and the United Nations end the indiscriminate violence perpetrated by all parties and governments involved. We call on the international community to bring those responsible for the deaths of innocent civilians to justice. We call for an immediate end to the bloodshed.