A military offensive by the Syrian regime and its Russian ally in Syria’s northwest Idlib province has displaced more than half a million people from their homes, causing a humanitarian nightmare. This report examines the humanitarian crisis and offers solutions that could save thousands of lives and alleviate the suffering of hundreds of thousands more.
One of the greatest humanitarian disasters in Syria to date is looming. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his backers, including Russia and Iran, have steadily regained control of most of the country. The northwest governor of Idlib and its surroundings in northern Hama and Aleppo countryside are the rebels’ last stronghold. Now Damascus and its allies are applying their brutal efforts there. While the immediate threat to civilians there is dire, if Assad isn’t stopped what comes after could be even worse.