So much has happened in #Syria in the past week – world leaders must end their silence in the face of terrifying developments and the suffering of civilians across the country. Turning a blind eye to all these atrocities only gives the regime a green light to commit more. THREAD
#Daraa al-Balad has seen its autonomy crushed in the past days following 79 days of siege & heavy attack. Citizens now face additional military checkpoints, house searches & the threat of arrest for expressing opposition to the regime. 38k people remain displaced from their homes
Meanwhile the regime & Russia escalated attacks on NW Syria in the last 24h, striking towns, a camp & medical point killing 5 civilians & injuring 11. Since June over 120 civilians were killed incl. 45 children. #COVID in #Idlib is worsening with a record 1417 new cases on Friday
While these attacks rage, #Denmark is still stripping Syrian #refugees of their residency and other neighboring countries are deporting refugees. @Amnesty published a harrowing investigation into the fate of 66 refugees who returned to Syria this week – many were tortured & raped
In the face of international apathy to these crimes, the interim government of neighboring #Lebanon has engaged with the Syrian regime at the most senior level since 2011, which has raised fears of increasing deportations among Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
World leaders have power to pressure the regime and Russia to immediately cease attacks across Syria. Refugees must be protected, and all governments should take a look at themselves and recommit to no normalization with Assad – who only speaks the language of violence & tyranny

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6 Sep
Attacks on civilians in #Daraa al-Balad intensified this weekend w/ reports of casualties & heavy shelling. The regime has besieged the city since June, strangling food, medicine & electric to over 50,000 people, in retaliation to local criticism of Assad's sham ‘re-election’ 1/5 Image
Ceasefire negotiations are in peril after the Assad regime refused to recognize peoples’ right to demonstrate and express their opinion, and called for house searches and additional military checkpoints. 2/5
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.@RaedAlSaleh3: “The @UN has failed in Syria in every way. Russia is killing us with warplanes but the UN needs Russian approval to send aid”
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