The Arab Federation for Human Rights (AFHR) expresses its deep concern about the military escalation across Syria and its dangerous cross-border expansion, especially in the eastern regions of Ghouta and Afrin, as Syrian civilians suffer from one of the most violent periods of the seven-year conflict.
Relentless bombing by the Syrian military have resulted in the killing of about 220 civilians and over 1,000 more are reported to be injured in the first week of February alone. Some 400,000 civilians were affected by the siege imposed on the Eastern Ghouta, and serious damage was caused to the infrastructure and civilian installations, especially in Duma, Hamouriya, Kafr Batna and Saqba due to heavy air strikes and bombardment. Additionally, Turkish forces have launched a continuous aggressive assault villages and areas in Afrin northern Syria under the eyes and silence of the international community. This Turkish aggression has resulted in the death and injury of more than 500 civilians due to targeting homes, infrastructure and public utilities as well as the displacement 30,000 Syrians from their homes.
The Arab Federation for Human Rights stresses that the Turkish aggression against the Afrin region constitutes a flagrant violation of international laws and conventions. The intervention of the Turkish army in the northern territories of Syria increases the Syrian crisis and complicates the suffering of innocent civilians, especially women, children and refugees. Whose humanitarian situation is worsening as the aggression continues. The Federation calls on the international community and the international mechanisms to move quickly against Turkey in its attempt to occupy northern Syria, and to stand by the Syrian Kurds in the Afrin region who defended the human values in their war against Daesh.
The Arab Federation for Human Rights calls on all concerned parties in Syria and the region to shoulder their responsibility to comply with international laws and all relevant UN Security Council resolutions. They should work collaboratively to protect Syrian civilians by immediately and unconditionally stopping the violence and exercising restraint as well as move urgently towards a political solution in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 to end the tragedy and suffering of the Syrian people which has been ongoing for the past seven years.
Arab Federation for Human Rights
Geneva – February 12th 2018