UN / IDLIB AIRSTRIKES

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“Bombing and shelling by the Government of Syria backed by the Russian Federation has produced carnage in the so-called de-escalation zone of Idlib” over the last three months, the UN Emergency Coordinator Mark Lowcock told the Security Council on Tuesday and called upon the Council ‘to listen to the children of Idlib and do something about it.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 30 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

30 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Close up, president speaking
4. Med shot, Lowcock and Sirkin taking seats
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“For more than 90 days now bombing and shelling by the Government of Syria backed by the Russian Federation has produced carnage in the so-called de-escalation zone of Idlib. On 26 July, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights identified at least 450 civilians who have been killed since late April - including more than a hundred in the last two weeks alone.”
6. Wide shot, Lowcock speaking
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“Whether the information provided through the deconfliction system is
is being used by the parties to protect civilian facilities from attack or to target them for attack is an extremely important question. As you know, I have asked the Russian Federation for clarification of what it does with the information we give them. I continue to hope to receive further clarification.”
8. Med shot, Russian ambassador at the Council table
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“You in this Security Council have ignored all the previous pleas you have heard. You know what is happening and you have done nothing for 90 days as the carnage continues in front of your eyes. Are you again going to shrug your shoulders, as Michelle Bachelet said? Or are you going to listen to the children of Idlib, and do something about it?”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Susannah Sirkin, Director of Policy, Physicians for Human Rights:
“The Syrian and Russian governments know the exact location of most health facilities, and yet they continue targeting them. The courageous, remaining medical workers are providing life-saving care while being bombed, and doctors tell us that hospitals, which should be the safest places in Idlib, are the exact opposite. They are targets.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Susannah Sirkin, Director of Policy, Physicians for Human Rights:
“Civilians in Syria have been let down by the Security Council’s failure to act, by individual governments who were in positions to stop the carnage, and sadly, by UN agencies hamstrung by rules that have enabled the perpetrators to flout the most basic humanitarian agreements with zero consequence.”
14. Close up, Russian ambassador
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Susannah Sirkin, Director of Policy, Physicians for Human Rights:
“We are urging the UN Secretary General to launch an immediate investigation into attacks on health facilities and personnel in Idlib, northern Hama and western Aleppo, and to investigate the failure of the deconfliction mechanism. All parties must cooperate fully and ensure unimpeded access to investigators.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council
17. Wide shot, Lowcock and Sirkin at the table
18. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“Today it was said that Russia deliberately… deliberately is conducting airstrikes using bombs to target hospitals and schools. This is a lie. I reiterate this. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, there is a reconciliation center for opposing sides in operation in Syria. We repeatedly proposed that many including Mark Lowcock liaise with them and through them verify the information about alleged deconflicted areas attacks by us which is also a lie.”
19. Wide shot, audience
20. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

“Bombing and shelling by the Government of Syria backed by the Russian Federation has produced carnage in the so-called de-escalation zone of Idlib” over the last three months, the UN Emergency Coordinator Mark Lowcock told the Security Council on Tuesday and called upon the Council ‘to listen to the children of IdlIb and do something about it.”

“For more than 90 days now bombing and shelling by the Government of Syria backed by the Russian Federation has produced carnage in the so-called de-escalation zone of Idlib,” said Lowcock. “On 26 July, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights identified at least 450 civilians who have been killed since late April - including more than a hundred in the last two weeks alone,” he added.

Many hundreds more have been injured, according to Lowcock, while over 440,000 have been displaced. At the same time Lowcock reported that dozens of civilians have also been killed or injured as a result of shelling by terrorist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and associated armed groups.

UN humanitarian chief also told the Council that the deconfliction system, through which the humanitarian agencies, mainly NGOs, provide information to identify civilian locations or humanitarian movements to the UN and then shared with the International Coalition Forces, Turkey and the Russia is not working.

He said “whether the information provided through the deconfliction system is being used by the parties to protect civilian facilities from attack or to target them for attack is an extremely important question.”

“I have asked the Russian Federation for clarification of what it does with the information we give them. I continue to hope to receive further clarification,” Lowcock concluded.

Emergency Coordinator ended his speech by urging the Council members into action.

“You in this Security Council have ignored all the previous pleas you have heard. You know what is happening and you have done nothing for 90 days as the carnage continues in front of your eyes. Are you again going to shrug your shoulders, as Michelle Bachelet said? Or are you going to listen to the children of Idlib, and do something about it?”

Lowcock was followed by Susannah Sirkin, Director of Policy of the Physicians for Human Rights, an international non-governmental organization “that brings the expertise and science and medicine to the defense of human rights.”

Sirkin told the Council that the organization’s researchers were compiling reports on violations in Syrian conflict from its beginning, including attacks on health facilities. She reported that from March 2011 through July 2019, PHR confirmed 578 attacks on at least 350 separate objects and documented the killing of 890 medical workers.

Out of total number, 91 percent or 521 attacks were perpetrated by the Syrian government and its allies – 297 by Syrians and 224 by either Russian or Syrian government forces.

“The Syrian and Russian governments know the exact location of most health facilities, and yet they continue targeting them,” said Sirkin. “The courageous, remaining medical workers are providing life-saving care while being bombed, and doctors tell us that hospitals, which should be the safest places in Idlib, are the exact opposite. They are targets.”

Sirkin called out the governments for failing to heed all the warnings of this – as she called it, a criminal strategy of war.

“Civilians in Syria have been let down by the Security Council’s failure to act, by individual governments who were in positions to stop the carnage, and sadly, by UN agencies hamstrung by rules that have enabled the perpetrators to flout the most basic humanitarian agreements with zero consequence,” Sirkin said.

PHR director called upon Russia and Syrian government to immediately stop attacks on hospitals and other vital civilian institutions. She also urged “the UN Secretary General to launch an immediate investigation into attacks on health facilities and personnel in Idlib, northern Hama and western Aleppo, and investigate the failure of the deconfliction mechanism. All parties must cooperate fully and ensure unimpeded access to investigators.”

Responding to Lowcock’s remarks, Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said “today it was said that Russia deliberately… deliberately is conducting airstrikes using bombs to target hospitals and schools. This is a lie.”

He also said that “24 hours a day, seven days a week, there is a reconciliation center for opposing sides in operation in Syria. We repeatedly proposed that many including Mark Lowcock liaise with them and through them verify the information about alleged deconflicted areas attacks by us which is also a lie.”
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