المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Humanitarian crisis worsens in Idlib, as over 40,000 civilians flee their areas in 24 hours

Humanitarian crisis in Idlib province has been getting aggravated as civilians still continuing to displacement from the cities, towns and villages in Idlib countryside due to the Russian and regime military operations.

SOHR activists documented the displacement of more than 40,000 civilians in the past 24 hours from Saraqib and its countryside, Ariha city and other surrounding villages, the western countryside of Maarrat Al-Nu’man, the rest of Jabal Al-Zawiya, and the areas of Binnish, Taftinaz and Sarmin. That refers to the fact that scope of displacement expanded to new areas that are relatively far from Aleppo – Damascus International Highway.

Accordingly, the number of people who have been forced to displace since the beginning of the ground offensive on January 24 rose to 115,000 civilians, as the operation was baked by thousands of air and ground strikes.

It is noteworthy that Saraqib city and countryside became empty of population almost completely against the backdrop of the intense shelling on it. Over 110,000 civilians have fled Saraqeb since early December. Only a few people are still present there as they are too poor to bear the displacement expenses.

Most of the displaced people headed to the north-western countryside of Idlib near the Syrian border with Iskenderun, while some others headed to areas under control of the Turkish forces and their proxies in rural Aleppo.

Humanitarian catastrophe is continuing to deteriorate amid International Community’s inaction towards crimes by the Syrian regime and Russians against civilians in camps and those who are searching for a new safe haven.

Turkey, the “de-escalation” guarantor, has had enough with mere publicity that polishes it as being an actor sympathetic towards the humanitarian catastrophe. Meanwhile, the Turkish border guard forces “Jandarma” continue to target and kill the Syrians who try to infiltrate into the Turkish territory.

As displacement waves are growing, the number of displaced people since the middle of this month rose to 205,000 civilians. Meanwhile, the number of people who have been displaced from the southern and south-eastern countryside of Idlib and the western countryside of Aleppo during the period between the 1st of December 2019 and today the 30th of January 2020, rose to nearly 580,000 civilians.

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