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Syria: Armed Conflict

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 4th February 2020.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports by Doctors Under Fire that more than 100 women and children have been killed in Russian and Syrian airstrikes in Idlib since 18 January; and (2) Doctors Under Fire's call for the imposition of a no-fly zone to deter helicopters using barrel bombs.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

We are deeply concerned about the killing of civilians, including women and children, in Idlib, north-west Syria, during the ongoing offensive by the Syrian regime and Russia. We are using our position in the UN Security Council to call on Russia and the regime to respect previously agreed ceasefires in Idlib and their obligations under international humanitarian law. We are also continuing assistance to the White Helmets. We do not consider imposing a no fly-zone over Idlib to be a realistic option.

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