Human Rights Guardians’ complain to the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings The rockets in the massacre of the city of Aryha in the southern countryside of Idlib on 27-7-2019

‘On July 27, 2019, 11 Syrian civilians were killed by high explosives fired from a MiG-23 aircraft, including women and children’ the civil aviation observatories mentioned. The aircraft launched missiles on the city of Aryha, south of Idlib Governorate. / Victims’ relatives contacted our organization (Human Rights Guardians) and asked us to send you a letter of claim to the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings and to the Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

At 11 pm. on July 27th 2019 a MiG-23 aircraft, believed to belong to the Syrian regime, had launched sever high-explosive rockets on a popular residential neighbourhood, killing and wounding many civilian victims.

On July 27th 2019

At 11.15 am on Saturday, one of the MiG-23 warplanes, believed to be part of the Syrian regime, raided on several areas of Idlib province: the, most of its cargo was on the city of Aryha where the plane targeted residential areas there. After the pilot circled  the area where the plane went and raided near the area of ​​Mhambel, according to the civilians flight observatories, then, returned to Aryha without carrying out any strike or unloading, after that, it returned to Mhambel, the last tour of this aircraft was on the densely populated neighbourhoods, then, it dropped two severe rockets there.

The explosion caused 11 civilian victims, 22 wounded and a lot of material damage as dozens of buildings were destroyed on the heads of its residents.

At once, rescue and civil defence teams were there to rescue civilians from the rubble and to help the wounded during consecutive days, the last of which was the release of a dead child on August 4th 2019.

Suleiman Issa, executive director of Human Rights Defenders, says’ the daily rockets and barrel bombs on civilians are extrajudicial killings. The Syrian authorities are responsible for violating their obligations under Customary International Humanitarian Law, the Geneva Conventions, and their additional protocols prohibiting attacks the indiscriminating attacks on civilians and the unnecessary resulted suffering. They must be held accountable for and brought to an end.

On August 8th 2019, Human Rights Guardians and on behalf of 11 families of victims, filed a complaint to the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, asking her to call on the Syrian authorities to stop attacks on civilians, to open an immediate and transparent investigation into these cases and to bring those responsible to justice and punish them.

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