What is Behind the Red Line ?
In its continuous work on documenting Syrian regime’s violations of UN Security Council Resolution 2118 – adopted on 27 September – and Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in Syria – on 14 September -; SNHR published many reports before Ghouta attack – on 21 August – and published many reports before the issuance of the Security Council Resolution; Most prominent of which was the report: There Is No Red Line – published on 26 July -, in which we documented no less than 27 poison gases attacks. This is a continuation of the Syrian regime’s long string of poison gases attacks, which started in December 2012.
This study is published as a periodic update of the previous studies in order to highlight Security Council 2118 as it stated clearly that the using of poison gases by the Syrian government would prompt UN Security Council to intervene under the seventh Chapter of the Charter of the United Nations.
In this report, we are including the attacks that happened after our last report: “There Is No Red Line”. Those attacks, since 22 October, amounted to no less than 22 attack; making the total number, from 27 September 2013 through 22 October 2014, no less than 50 attacks using gases that are likely poisonous in 18 Syrian areas, where many of these areas where shelled many times.
These attacks are distributed on the Syrian governorates as follows:
Damascus countryside governorate: Syrian regime forces targeted Damascus countryside governorate with poison gases no less than 21 times in eight areas. For example, ad-Dokhaneya area alone was targeted about nine times in less than 14 days.
Hama governorate: Syrian regime forces targeted Hama governorate with poison gases no less than 15 times in six areas. For example, Kafarzita city was targeted about nine times.
Damascus governorate: Syrian regime forces targeted Jobar neighborhood with poison gases seven times.
Idlib governorate: Syrian regime forces targeted Idlib governorate no less than six times in three points. At-Taman’a town was targeted about four times.
Deraa governorate: was targeted once with poison gases in Atman town.