The United States has called on all conflicting parties in Syria to respect the ceasefire and focus on de-escalation. This comes at a time when northwestern Syria has been witnessing escalations against residential areas for days. The U.S. condemned the escalation of violence and attacks in several parts of Syria through its embassy in Damascus.
“The United States condemns the escalation of violence and attacks in #Syria today,” the embassy said on its official Twitter account Thursday. “We call on all parties to respect the current ceasefire, and to focus on an immediate reduction of escalation, and protect civilian lives above all.”
Northern Syria is witnessing an unprecedented escalation by the Syrian Army and the militias supporting it.
On Wednesday, at least 11 civilians, including schoolchildren, were killed and others injured during heavy artillery shelling targeting Ariha city in the southern Idleb countryside.
Given the policy pursued by the Syrian forces, it seems that they are preparing a military attack on the Idleb governorate.
A military source in the opposition factions confirms to Al-Hal Net that “The policy of the Syrian army and Russia in the recent battles that took place in the southern area of the Idleb governorate relied first on the displacement of the population by launching concentrated bombardment operations. This policy is militarily called scorched earth”.
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