This photo shared online shows a football stadium crowded with civilians ignoring the importance of wearing masks. We have managed to identify the photo’s location and date, namely during a football match at al Hamadaniya stadium in Aleppo city on November 6, 2020, which violated all the precautionary measures introduced to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic among the public.
SNHR notes that the cases of COVID-19 infection in areas under the Syrian regime’s control are constantly increasing, having already reached 6,102 cases, including 309 deaths, according to the Syrian Ministry of Health’s statement issued on November 6, 2020. Despite this, however, the Syrian regime has taken no real action to stop overcrowding of citizens attempting to obtain essential items such as bread and gas and to collect their salaries; this negligence on the regime’s part is a blatant violation of precautionary measures introduced to prevent the transmission or spread of disease. The SNHR notes that this is further confirmation that a regime which is already responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of Syrians and displacing 12 million more as refugees and IDPs will not care for its people.
The Syrian regime has failed to stop the spread of COVID-19 pandemic among Syrian citizens, neglecting to implement the precautionary measures stipulated by the World Health Organization.