What is happening in Idlib these last few days ?

10th January 2018

The war in Syria is now approaching its seventh year, having claimed an estimated 500,000 lives and displaced more than 11 million Syrians.  An increasingly confident Assad has regained control of the majority of Syria since 2015, supported by Russian military assistance.

Government forces have launched a ground offensive backed by intense airstrikes and artillery bombardment in an attempt to retake the rebel-held North-western province of Idlib.  Idlib, near the Turkish border, has been rebel-controlled since 2015 and was designated a ‘de-escalation zone’ in an attempt to halt the violence in a deal negotiated by Russia, Turkey and Iran.  The most recent offensive is in direct violation of the truce.  Like the 2016 campaign to retake Aleppo, there has been little regard to civilian safety: airstrikes have claimed.The humanitarian impact

an estimated 48 civilian deaths since December 2017.

Idlib is currently providing temporary shelter in the form of tents to tens of thousands of civilians who were evacuated from Eastern Aleppo during the bombardment in 2016.  The situation in the camps is already at breaking point: according to UN estimates one million people in Idlib are internally displaced.  The latest round of violence has caused more than 70,000 desperate men, women and children to flee further into Idlib towards the Turkish border over the last few weeks.  The concentration of large numbers of people in a small region poses a significant risk of a humanitarian catastrophe, as the threat of airstrikes looms large.  In addition to the disregard for civilian life, hospitals have been systematically targeted with eight hospitals hit since the end of December contributing further to the medical emergency.

How can you help?

There may not appear to be any light at the end of the tunnel for those in Syria.  Public consciousness of the crisis is fading as media attention to the ongoing tragedies wavers.  However, this is not the time to give up on our Syrian brothers and sisters who have been through years of unimaginable suffering and loss.  Just like you like helped the people of Aleppo last year, you can make an important difference to the people in Idlib.  Crisis Aid have launched an urgent Idlib emergency appeal to get help to those trapped in the province. You can help by donating today. Let’s help them before it’s too late.  May Almighty Allah reward you for your efforts.

“Is there any reward for good other than good?” Quran 55:60

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