Human Rights Watch: Syria/Russia - Airstrikes, Siege Killing Civilians

posted 25 Dec 2017, 12:55 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 25 Dec 2017, 12:59 ]
22 December 2017

Allow Urgent Aid into Besieged Eastern Ghouta and End Indiscriminate Attacks

(Beirut) – Syrian government and Russian forces have escalated their airstrikes on Eastern Ghouta, a suburb approximately 15 kilometers from the center of Syria’s capital Damascus, killing dozens of civilians in apparently unlawful attacks, Human Rights Watch said today. Syrian forces have tightened their siege of the enclave, held by anti-government armed groups, severely restricting humanitarian aid in violation of the laws of war and preventing civilians from leaving the area.

The UN Security Council, which on December 19, 2017, renewed its mandate for cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid to millions of desperate Syrian civilians, should demand that the Syrian government immediately end unlawful restrictions on aid to Eastern Ghouta or face targeted sanctions against those responsible. [Read more]

Source: 'Syria/Russia: Airstrikes, Siege Killing Civilians,' Human Rights Watch, 22 December 2017