Heather Nauert On Civilian Victims of Syrian and Russian Airstrikes in Idlib and Hama Provinces

Press Statement

Heather Nauert
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 21, 2017

The United States is concerned by reports of airstrikes in Idlib province and northern Hama province on September 19 and 20 that killed at least three medical personnel and damaged a number of medical facilities, emergency equipment, and civil defense centers.

These attacks fit an all-too-familiar pattern in which medical facilities and personnel – and the civilians they serve – are victims of strikes by the Syrian regime and its Russian allies.

There is no military solution to this conflict. We reiterate our call for de-escalation and a political settlement through an inclusive process, owned and led by the Syrian people, as called for in UN Security Council resolution 2254 and the Geneva Communique.