Syrian regime forces used tanks to fire a shell at Dr Ghassan Abazid Mosque in al Manshiya neighborhood in Daraa al Balad area in Daraa city on August 29, 2021, with the shell hitting the mosque’s minaret, partially destroying it. SNHR notes that the mosque was subjected to another attack by the same forces on August 17, 2021, and is located in a residential area free of any military equipment or presence.
Through these actions, 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.
Video showing the moments after targeting the minaret of Ghassan Abazid Mosque in the area by Syrian regime forces on August 29, 2021.