Russian Warplanes Strike Syrian Province – Exacerbation Of Syrian Civil War

The recent news around the resignation of world leaders and vicious confrontations between politicians seems trivial in front of  human lives lost during the ongoing Syrian civil war. Airstrikes and bombings covered with blood are reported daily. Just a couple of hours ago, Al Jazeera reported suspected Russian warplanes had bombed Idlib and several other places across the Syrian province, killing at least 46, mostly civilians.

The Britain-based monitor group reported that at least three places were bombed in the northwestern province: at least 26 civilians, including three children, were killed in the town of Kafr Nabal, and another 18 people were killed in the town of Maaret al-Numan.

Alike to this tragedy, total casualties accumulated throughout the five bloody years adds up to more than 300,000 – calling Syrian civil war the worst the worst humanitarian crisis of our time.

UNOCHA reports that about 11 million Syrians are on the run, including  4.8 million who have been forced to seek safety in neighboring countries. More than 6.1 million people are internally displaced and 13.5 million are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Sparked by the anti- government protest March 2011, the conflict escalated into a bloody civil war as the forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and those opposed to his rule battle each other – as well as jihadist militants from so-called Islamic State.

Russia is involved in the Syrian conflict as the supporter of President Bashar al-Assad and opponent of powers who attempted to establish a ceasefire and no-fly zone in Syria.

The situation in Syria went from bad to worse when outside parties began launching airstrikes in the fall of 2015. Each time bombing intensifies, our teams on the ground see an increase in the number of civilian casualties and families forced to leave their homes in search of safety. Bombings are destroying crowded cities and horrific human rights violations are widespread. Basic necessities like food and medical care are sparse.

The international organizations desperately call for a concluding remark for the wartime in Syria, yet the international community has failed to fully address the scar and promote the peaceful resolution of the conflict. The humanitarian outcry from the region is constantly being drowned and the world is not lending its hand to rescue the citizens of not only Syria but of itself. 

Lina Na Gyoung Lee