Washington called this a flagrant violation of international law to target civilian infrastructure.
The us state Department on Tuesday, July 23, accused the Syrian authorities and Russia of air strikes on civilians in the South of Idlib province. This is stated in the statement of the official representative of the Department Morgan Ortagus.
“The United States condemns yesterday’s airstrikes on the city of Maarat al-Numan in the South of Idlib. These airstrikes affected civilian homes and the city market, reportedly claimed the lives of more than 35 innocent men, women and children and left behind only ruins,” Ortagus said.
According to her, Russia and Syria continue such attacks for almost three months. They forced at least 330 thousand people to leave their homes.
She also accused the Syrian and Russian military of “deliberate attacks on civilian objects”, in particular on medical institutions, resulting in the death of humanitarian workers, including white helmets.
The representative of the state Department noted that in the South of Idlib province over the past two months, eight water supply facilities have been destroyed.
“We call on Russia and the regime (Syrian President Bashar) Assad to return to a ceasefire in the area and provide unhindered access to resolve the humanitarian disaster caused by airstrikes, as required by UN Security Council resolution 2254,” the statement said.
The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for humanitarian Affairs reported almost 60 dead and over 100 wounded in airstrikes in the Syrian province of Idlib.
Earlier, a number of media reported about the bombing of the market in Maaret al-Numan, which was made by Russian or Syrian aircraft. The attack killed more than 20 people.
The defense Ministry denies involvement in the attack. The Ministry stressed that the Russian aviation did not perform any tasks in this area of Syria.