Syria – Situation in Idlib (24 July 2019)

France expresses its concern over the escalation under way in Idlib province. Intense and indiscriminate bombing by the Syrian air force in Idlib province, especially that of a market in the city of Maarat al-Numan, caused the death of some 59 civilians, according to the UN. France condemns the indiscriminate air strikes carried out by the regime and its allies, especially against civilian infrastructures.

Since the beginning of the offensive, several hundred civilians have been killed and more than 300,000 have been forced to leave the area, according to the UN. In light of this humanitarian crisis, France has released €5 million in emergency aid to the UN Humanitarian Fund based in Gaziantep.

France calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Idlib province and reaffirms the special responsibility of the allies of the Syrian regime in preserving a lasting ceasefire. Continuing hostilities compromise the search for a credible negotiated political solution in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.