France condemns Idlib bombardments, urges de-escalation

PARIS, France firmly condemned the ongoing aerial bombardment of Idlib province, northwest Syria, and urged the Syrian government and its backer, Russia, to de-escalate their campaign because of the impact on civilians.

The Syrian and Russian air activity has led to “intense and indiscriminate bombardments” which have killed scores of civilians and forced tens of thousands to flee the conflict zone, the French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes Von Der Muhll said in a briefing on Tuesday.

“The military offensive of the Damascus regime and its allies has worsened the humanitarian crisis which hit around three million civilians in Idlib, of which 400,000 have been displaced there since the month of May,” she remarked.

It was more vital than ever for the United Nations to maintain the most direct and effective access to the populations in need and also have cross-border access to deliver humanitarian aid, principally from Turkey, she noted.

France urged the UN Security Council members, in particular Russia and China, to support efforts to continue to supply aid in this context.

France also reiterated a call for the search for a political solution to the Syrian conflict, which erupted in 2011 and has cost around 400,000 lives and created some 12 million refugees and internally displaced.

Source: Kuwait News Agency