Around 400 medics, rescue workers and humanitarians have signed an open letter calling on the key players in northwest Syria—Russia, Turkey and members of the UN Security Council—to stop the bombing in the region. Over the past two weeks, the regime and Russia bombed 13 medical facilities out of service, forcing hospitals to cancel all medical appointments except the provision of emergency care. Read more
Idlib Lives is a project from the human rights organisations The Syria Campaign and Peace Direct in partnership with Idlib’s brave and life-saving civil society groups. Through written updates from the Syria Campaign and photos and videos from people on the ground, Idlib Lives spotlights some of the province’s leading activists and tells stories of daily life in northwest Syria.
For years, northwest Syria has been home to millions of civilians fleeing conflict and bloodshed elsewhere. Now, as regime and Russian airstrikes bombard the region, around 180,000 people have been displaced since 29 April. But with the border to Turkey closed, there is only so far they can move. These are the diaries of two women, one displaced and one helping the displaced, who are trapped in northwest Syria. Read more
My name is Mohamed and until 5 May, I worked as a surgeon at the Kafranbel Surgical Hospital in northwest Idlib. On 5 May, our thousands of patients were robbed of medical care and support when warplanes—believed to be Russian—bombed the hospital out of service. Read more
The Syrian regime and Russia have begun an all-out offensive on northwest Syria, jeopardising the lives of more than 4.5 million civilians. Since 29 April, 150,000 people have been forced to flee their homes with 20 civilians being killed on 7 May alone. Read more
The extremist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has begun targeting universities in northwest Syria, shutting down two institutions over the past few months and forcing students to abandon degrees that some had been working for years to achieve. It is another reminder of HTS’s brutality and influence over northwest Syria, following the group's seizure of Idlib and the surrounding Aleppo countryside in January. Read more