Syrian regime forces’ bombardment of crude oil-refining burners in Aleppo governorate on Feb 9 kills 2 civilians, causes huge fires

Syrian regime forces used long-range missiles to target a group of fuel burners -rudimentary refineries used in refining operations for crude oil- in Tarhin village in south of Jarablos city in the eastern suburbs of Aleppo governorate on the night of February 9, 2021, killing two civilians from the same family, named as Abdul Hadi al Omar al Allou al Abdou and Muhammad al Naser Hassoun al Abdou, from al Sfira city in southeast of the governorate, in addition to injuring other civilians and leading to the outbreak of massive fires.
SNHR notes that this bombardment is a breach of the ceasefire agreement reached following consultations between the Turkish and Russian presidents, which came into effect on March 6, 2020.
Through this action, the Syrian 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 stress 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 force them 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.

Photo shows the victims Abdul Hadi al Abdou and Muhammad al Abdou, killed in Syrian regime forces’ bombardment of the area.

Photo shows a long-range missile fired by Syrian regime forces at the area.

Photo shows fires in the area which resulted from Syrian regime forces’ bombardment.