Monitor Calls Syrian Regime's 'Humanitarian Corridor' Nonexistent

The Syrian government has not opened an actual "humanitarian corridor" for civilians in Syria's Idlib province, the last stronghold of the rebel groups, a U.K.-based organization told VOA Thursday.    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is documenting human rights violations in Syria, said that the regime's announcement earlier Thursday about a "humanitarian corridor" for civilians was false, and that there were no civilians left in the specified area; most have already left because of constant shelling by regime forces.     "This corridor is placed by the Russians and the Syrian regime for media purposes to say that civilians are fleeing toward regime-controlled areas," Rami Abdulrahman, the head of the observatory, told VOA. Nearly 800,000 displaced   Abdulrahman added that airstrikes by the Russia and Syrian regimes had destroyed most areas in the northern Hama and southern Idlib countryside and had displaced almost 800,000 people to the border region between Syria and Turkey.    The Syrian government said civilians could use the corridor to move from rebel-held areas to government-held areas and newly captured territories in the northern Hama governorate.    "To mitigate the suffering of civilians the Syrian government is opening a humanitarian corridor in the Soran area in northern Hama countryside under the protection of the Syrian Arab Army to help civilians exit terrorist-controlled areas in northern Hama and southern Idlib," the Syrian State News Agency said, quoting a statement by the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.    The Syrian regime calls all rebel groups "terrorists."    The observatory's Abdulrahman said, however, that no civilians would return to Syrian regime-controlled territories because they do not trust the regime and there are fears of retribution by regime forces. FILE - A general view shows Khan Sheikhoun in the southern countryside of Idlib, in March 2015.The announcement about the corridor came one day after Syrian government forces... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Monitor Calls Syrian Regime's 'Humanitarian Corridor' Nonexistent, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Monitor Calls Syrian Regime's 'Humanitarian Corridor' Nonexistent





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Thursday, 22 August



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