In the last 18 months, our office in Douma, Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, has been targeted several times by the air force of the Syrian regime and its Russian ally.
As part of their hysterical destructive campaign on several parts of Syria, in particular Eastern Ghouta, in which the Syrian regime and the Russian Federation are using all kinds of weapons, including chemical weapons and napalm bombs in Idlib and Eastern Ghouta and ballistic missiles in Idlib, targeting mainly civil activities like markets and hospitals, our office in Douma was hit two days ago, of February 6th 2018, by yet another missile that luckily did not explode this time.
Our partners in Women Now were less lucky. Their office in the nearby Kafr –Batna was completely destroyed by another missile. The local team there was still lucky enough not to be at the office at that time. No victims were deplored.
This luck is not available for tens of civilians that die every day in Eastern Ghouta, killed by the airstrikes of the regime forces and those of the Russian airplanes since the beginning of this hysterical campaign announcing the death of the “De-escalation Zones”, that have never really been implemented in Eastern Ghouta. On that day of February 6th 2018, more than 100 civilians were killed in Eastern Ghouta, half of which were children.
As always when our office is hit, as our partners, as all the Syrian civil organizations working in the parts of Syria that are free from the regime, we call upon the international community, especially those countries that support these organizations, to use all available means and apply all the possible pressure to stop the regime and its Iranian and Russian allies from the systematic targeting of the civilians and the civil structures, committing war crimes and taking revenge against the local communities under the cover of fighting terrorists.
We will not stop helping the civilians and the local communities in the regime-free areas of our country because we are part of them and because they stand up with resilience and a strong will to live free.
We take responsibility of our choices. It’s up to the countries that defend Human Rights to take the responsibility of their principles and to work on the immediate implementation on the UNSC resolutions 2118 and 2254.
Once again we remind that in several countries, non-assistance of a person in danger is a crime. Non-assistance of a people being killed, by stopping the killer, is a silent contribution to the crime.