Civilian killed and others injured in Syrian regime forces shelling of a car in W. Idlib governorate on July 20

Iyad al-Larri, the head of the opposition Political Commission’s Jisr al Shoghour Department in Idlib governorate and a member of the Syria Vaccine Team in Jisr al Shoghour area, from al Z’einiya village in the western suburbs of Idlib governorate, was killed and 19 other civilians were injured when Syrian regime forces fired a Kornet guided missile targeting a civilian car on the road linking Bdama town and al Z’einiya village, which is administratively a part of the city, on July 20, 2021.

SNHR notes that this shelling 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, Syrian regime forces have, without doubt, committed another violation of Security Council resolutions 2139 and 2254 which prohibit 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 currently standing at 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.