On June 7/ 2018, dozens of innocent Syrian civilians, including women, children and civil defense volunteers, were killed by Syrian air force’s raids in partnership with Russian aircraft on Zardana in the north of Idlib province, which took place as mentioned before on 7 June this year (2018) ). Relatives of 29 of those victims contacted Human Rights Guardians and beseeched us to send you a letter of allegation to the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings and to the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria.
At 9:15 pm approximately on Thursday, June 7, in the town of Zardana, about 20 km north of Idlib, when its people were going to finish the Ramadan ( Iftar) breakfast, suddenly, Russian warplanes participated with the Syrian Air Force in two raids, one of them was doubled on a crowded residential neighborhood of civilians in the southern district of Zardana.
The first one was a high-explosive missile that resulted the collapse of residential buildings entirely. The number of buildings destroyed exceeded five buildings, some of them were of three stories, and entire families were hanged under the rubble of their destroyed houses. Immediately, the ambulance and civil defense teams were resent. After the families gathered, the civil defense volunteers and the ambulance teams, the Syrian and Russian airplanes carried out another raid in order to have as many victims as possible.
In this next raid, paramedics and rescuers were targeted in order to double the number of victims and increase the destruction outcome. This second raid resulted by the drilling holes of depth of more than ten meters, especially that the second raid was with three missiles, among the victims members of the civil defense, paramedics and doctors. The number of martyrs went up to forty-eight people, the injured were more than 80 civilians among the victims were 11 women and 13 children, the number is being increased because there are serious cases of the wounded.
“To launch a double raid involving the killing of a large number of civilians who did not take part directly in hostilities, ambulance teams and wounded persons and all of these persons is protected under the Common Article N.III of Geneva Conventions, namely, the civilians who do not take a direct part in hostilities ».
Suleiman Issa, Executive Director of Human Rights Guardians said.
Syrian authorities had violated one of the most important rules of International Human Rights Law which cannot be violated in accordance with article 4 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified by Syria in 1969, which affirms that it is not permitted to violate the article 6 which states that ” No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life “even in exceptional emergency situations threatening the life of the nation ».
Finally, on 6 June 2018, and on behalf of 29 families of victims, Human Rights Guardians submitted a complaint to the concerned Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings or by a brief measures requesting her cordially to claim Syrian authorities to stop their attacks on civilians and to open an immediate and transparent investigation on these cases and to bring those responsible persons to justice and punish them. “
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