According to the UN, direct, indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks by groups of all parties to the conflict are responsible for most civilian deaths, the UN also denounces the inability of humanitarian organizations to reach those who desperately need help.
Under international humanitarian law, all parties to a conflict have the obligation to distinguish between civilians and combatants. They should not attack civilians and should refrain from launching indiscriminate attacks. However, such attacks are carried out daily in Syria and are the cause of most civilian casualties.
In February this year, the Security Council of the UN, composed of some of the most powerful countries in the world, voted unanimously end the direct and indiscriminate attacks that the Syrian civilians been suffering for three years and ensure that humanitarian aid reaches the millions of people who need it. Six months later, the country's situation is more chaotic than ever, with more than 1500 armed groups operating, and the extension of the fighting in northern Iraq. Now only the city of Aleppo has been hit by 650 airstrikes since February.
“The world rightly appalled by recent events in Iraq and Syria. But a military strategy will not stop the daily anguish of millions of Syrians who continue to suffer unimaginable pain, loss and fear every day "Said Dr. Rola Hallam Hand in Hand for Syria, a charitable medical organization that serves some of the most affected areas. "I have seen the devastation caused by the bombing of schools and hospitals, where families seek refuge. It's horrible, is immoral and must stop“.
The situation has become so serious in part because "Murderers, torturers, destroyers and Syria have been empowered and emboldened by the international paralysis"Said Navi Pillay, until this month the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
#WithSyria, A coalition of organizations in 27 countries worldwide, has launched a petition demanding that leaders take additional diplomatic measures to end indiscriminate attacks, as promised in February, and reminding them that while there may be no end in sight to the conflict, can save lives now.
“The daily deluge of deliberate or indiscriminate bombing of civilians is hurting a generation"Said Karim Lahidji, president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). "If the leaders gathered in New York this week will not seek to stop the bloodshed and protect civilians, we will sow the seeds of more suffering and discomfort. “.
In February 2139 Resolution, which simply required that the parties comply with their core obligations under international law and that has been largely ignored is adopted. While the world's attention shifts to the larger political crisis, #WithSyria coalition calls on leaders to fulfill the promise made by the Security Council to protect civilians.