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.

Stories from Idlib

Floods Hit Northwest

Spring rains have brought floods to northwest Syria, affecting tens of thousands of families living in tents in displacement camps and killing at least two people, including a child. Shelters have been washed away while people are left with soaked and freezing belongings, many in need of food, clean water and fuel. Read more

Assad Bombs Idlib

Since February, the Syrian regime has been escalating its attacks on northwest Syria, joined by its ally Russia in Moscow’s first major assault on the region in months. A combination of airstrikes, artillery shelling and cluster munitions have killed 146 people and wounded hundreds more. Read more


Winter in the camps

Tens of thousands of Syrians are enduring a brutal winter in flimsy tents spread across the country’s northwest. Temperatures have plummeted below zero while heavy rains have brought floods that have swept away tents and soaked people’s bedding and clothes. Read more

HTS Seizes Idlib

The militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) is now in control of Idlib province and the neighbouring Aleppo countryside, following days of fierce fighting with the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front—a coalition of rebel groups in the northwest. Largely abandoned by Turkey, the Front has agreed to sign over all its territories to HTS, a former affiliate of Al Qaeda. Read more

Breaking the Ceasefire

On 2 November, the regime began bombing Jarjanaz village, which is home to 31,500 people and protected by the Idlib demilitarised zone. Since then, it has attacked the area on a near daily basis, killing at least 18 people in the past month. In fear for their lives, around 90 percent of the village’s population has fled to the surrounding areas, turning Jarjanaz into a ghost town. Read more

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Idlib Lives report

Exploring the crucial role civil society is playing in Idlib, Syria.

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