Massacre of civilians in Syrian regime shelling near al Zaqqoum village in Hama on December 26

At least five civilians were killed when Syrian regime forces, stationed in Tanjara village in Sahel al Ghab in the western suburbs of Hama governorate, fired a shoulder-fired missile at a tractor and a civilian car near al Zaqqoum village in the western suburbs of Hama governorate on December 26, 2020. SNHR notes that through this action, Syrian regime forces have, without doubt, committed another violation of Security Council resolutions 2139 and 2254 which prohibited any further indiscriminate attacks, as well as violating the rules of international humanitarian law which stresses the distinction between civilians and combatants. Attacks of this nature spread terror and panic among civilians, leading them to flee their lands and homes in an attempt to reach safety, and forcibly displacing them, with the number of internally displaced persons within Syria now reaching approximately 6.5 million Syrian citizens in total. The international community should put pressure on the Syrian regime and its allies to compensate the displaced victims, rehabilitate homes and vital centers, support the process of political transition and press all parties to pursue implementation of political transition according to a strict timetable which must not exceed six months, thus enabling millions of IDPs to return homes.