المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

More than 80000 displaced people and 121 civilian casualties in 17 days since the meeting between Putin, Erdogan, and Rouhani from Idlib, the truce areas, and both presidents’ agreement

The area which stretches from the northeastern mountains of Latakia, passes through Hama and Idlib, until the northwestern suburbs of Aleppo city, which is known as the “demilitarized” area; is still witnessing a type of removal that is not “demilitarization”, where the heavy weapons are still exists as they used to, and it turned out that the Russian –Turkish agreement leads to the “removal” of people out of these areas; not the weapons, also the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the increase of escalation by the regime forces and warplanes on the 15th of February 2019, and SOHR monitored the displacement of more than 80000 civilians from their towns and villages, and Khan Shaykhun city in the southern sector of Idlib countryside had the largest share and the neighborhoods of the city became empty, while the rest of people were displaced from the towns and villages in north and northwest of Hama, and the southern, southeastern and eastern countryside of Idlib, in addition to the displacement from Aleppo countryside within the Area “depopulated area” which supposed to be the “demilitarized” area, and in Hama; villages and towns of Sahl al-Ghab have witnessed the displacement of tens of families towards the Turkish observation post in Shir Mghar northwest of Hama and to the Syrian border with Iskenderun north of Idlib, to take cover from the shelling that targets their villages and towns, and the number of displaced families from villages of Sahl al-Ghab is estimated to be more than 2000 families from 13 villages and towns, of which more than half of their population were displaced, namely Qal’aat al-Madiq, Sharia al-Ankawi, Bab al-Taqa, Hamra, Hwaiz, al-Hawijah, Twyna, al-Hawash, al-Emyqa, Qlidin, al-Deqmaq, al-Zaqqum, Jesr Beit al-Ras, also the areas of Kafr Zita, al-Lataminah, and Morek in the northern countryside of Hama were continuously shelled after which tens of families were displaced of those who have returned recently to their towns because of shelling stopped for several months, and also returned because the border camps are overcrowded with the inhabitants of these towns, of which Salqeen and Harm make the larger proportion of camps’ inhabitants on the Turkish border.

And in Idlib Province, the areas that are located near the highway of Aleppo – Damascus and the southern, eastern and southeastern sectors of Idlib, and Khan Shaykhun topped the charts in terms of the massacres and large-scale displacement of its inhabitants, while the villages and areas of Sukayk, al-Tamanah, and al-Raffah, Om Jalal, Khwyn, al-Tah, Jarjanaz, and al-Ferja witnessed a long-term military escalation, which made these villages almost empty, except for few youths who remained to guard their neighborhoods and homes, and in Maarrat al-Nu’man city; the population is ready to flee to the unknown in any time after the camps became full, and Saraqib was one of the destinations for the people of the demilitarized area, which in turn has been shelled and the death is still haunting the displaced people in the cities and towns in which they seek refuge that may shelter them from regime’s hell.

The Syrian Observatory documented the death of 121 people, they are 54 civilian citizens, including 17 children and 9 citizen women, they were killed in shelling by the regime forces on areas in the countryside of Hama and other areas around it, including a child who was killed in the bombardment of warplanes on Khan Shaykhun, including 4 people who were killed and shelling by the factions including a child, and 19 fighters of the rebel and Islamic factions and 44 member from the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them, and the number of people who were killed in the last 10 days may increase because there are injured people who are in dangerous situations.

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