Syria – Bombing (May 6, 2016)


France utterly condemns the bombing by the regime on May 5 of a camp for displaced persons in northern Syria.

This fresh attack, which deliberately targeted a civilian camp, caused the death of around 30 people, including women and children.

This appalling and unacceptable act could constitute a war crime and a crime against humanity, according to the International Criminal Court’s Rome Statute. The perpetrators must be held accountable and brought to justice. France calls for an impartial and independent investigation to be carried out in order to shed full light on this heinous act.

France also expresses its deep concern at the situation in the prison in Hama due to the high risk that the regime could retaliate with deadly force in order to put an end to the uprising by the prisoners, a large number of whom are political prisoners belonging to opposition groups. France calls on the regime’s supporters to bring pressure to bear in order to avoid another massacre in Syria.

The violations of the truce must stop and the humanitarian situation must improve, especially in Daraya, in order to allow the inter-Syrian negotiations for a political transition to resume.

It is in this extremely troubling context and with this objective in mind that Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will chair, on Monday, May 9, at the Quai d’Orsay, a ministerial meeting in the so-called “Paris” format, which will be attended by the representative of the Syrian opposition, Riyad Hijab.