An injured victim of the Russia-regime bombing of Idlib Province in northwest Syria, August 2019 (Sky News)
Since late April a Russia-regime offensive in northwest Syria, against the last major opposition area, has killed about 900 civilians, wounded thousands, and displaced more than 400,000 in Idlib and northern Hama Provinces.
Russia declared a “ceasefire” last weekend, but it has already been undermined by Bashar al-Assad’s senior advisor Bouthaina Shaaban, saying any pause in the assault is temporary to serve the regime strategy “to liberate every inch” of Syria.
Alex Crawford of Sky News reports from Idlib, recording the trauma of victims and the destruction of hospitals by Russia-regime bombing. The crying cousin of a young victim tells her: “We pray Bashar al-Assad dies and the same thing happens to his children.”
A rescuer stands in the rubble of a hospital by a damaged oxygen bottle: “Is oxygen a threat to Bashar al-Assad? What has [Russian President Vladimir] Putin found in Syria that justifies hitting hospitals?”
Crawford see the caves where women and children have been hiding for days. She asks a young man, “There won’t be peace and justice in Syria?”, despite the regime’s promise to seize every inch of territory.
He replies, “No justice.”