An Open Letter to the Prime Minister Regarding the Dire Situation in Idlib

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,


We are writing to you today regarding the dire humanitarian situation in Idlib, Syria. Since

last December, the Syrian regime and its allies have undertaken a vicious assault against

civilians in the northwest. The campaign has so far resulted in more than 2,500 casualties

and many more injuries. Over half a million people have been forcibly displaced from their

homes and are now suffering a desperate and precarious existence.


As a voice of Syrian democrats throughout the UK and further afield, we request your

support in helping to protect all civilians in Syria’s northwestern region from the depraved

crimes being committed by the Assad regime and its foreign allies. Taking into account

recent developments, we now see an opportunity for the mobilisation of a UK-US-French

partnership with their NATO ally, Turkey, to push back the Syrian regime and enforce a

no-fly zone over northwestern Syria as a means of halting the Assad regime and Russia’s

airstrikes against civilians. This can be achieved without the need for a ground deployment

of western forces, but via such mechanisms as the use of radar jamming and surface-to-air

missile systems on the Turkish side of the border to create an umbrella of aerial safety over

northern Syria; or via the launching of precision missile strikes from British and allied naval

assets in the Mediterranean.


At this point in time, we believe that the action of protecting Syrian civilians from the Assad

regime is as much in the long-term interests of protecting the standing of Britain and its

democratic allies around the world as it is a humanitarian imperative.


Yours sincerely


Syrian British Council


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