SAVE IDLIB BY EMAILING MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
The de-escalation zone in Syria encompassing Northern Hama and Idlib Provinces is witnessing ongoing and large-scale cease-fire violations by multiple parties. Recent escalations on March 12th showed the use of incendiary phosphorous attacks—a flammable chemical weapon—targeting the towns of al-Tamanah, Sarmin, and Khan Sheikhoun all located in the Idlib countryside.
Major population centers in Idlib and northern Hama are experiencing large scale displacement due to the continual shelling and airstrikes. The towns of Maarat al-Numaan, Khan Sheikhoun, and Saraqib are emptying because of continual attacks. Medical facilities in these cities are being repeatedly targeted creating difficulties in caring for the victims. Reports also show targeting of schools, bakeries, and first responders. The collapse of basic services and the constant threat of attack are creating unlivable conditions in these communities.
The ceasefire has continuously been violated through artillery and rocket bombardment in the de-escalation zone, forcing aid organizations to withdraw. The attacks are exacerbating a severe humanitarian crisis in Idlib. The 3.3 million residents—of whom 1.2 million are Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) continue to experience overcrowding in shelters, lack of employment, and food sources.
The potential collapse of the de-escalation zone risks creating the largest humanitarian crisis in the history of the Syrian civil war. The Government of Canada must escalate this time - sensitive matter and intervene.
Help us advocate for the Canadian Government to condemn the violation of the de-escalation zone.
1. Find your Member of Parliament and their email address by entering your postal code here
2. Copy the template email below, or write your own personal email.
3. Use the subject line: "Call to condemn the violation of international humanitarian laws in Idlib"
4. Copy 'email@example.com'
Dear Honourable [MP NAME],
My name is [NAME] and I live in [Riding name].
I am writing to ask that you urge the Canadian government to immediately call for the accountability of all parties violating international law and de-escalation zones encompassing Northern Hama and Idlib provinces.
Idlib province is witnessing ongoing and large-scale ceasefire violations. Recent escalations on Tuesday, March 12th showed the use of incendiary phosphorous attacks—a flammable chemical weapon—and forbidden under international law.
I am deeply concerned that 3.3 million residents in Idlib—of whom 1.2 million are Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)—continue to experience overcrowding in shelters, lack of employment, and limited food. The wave of airstrikes and bombardments has forced most aid organizations to withdraw and has destroyed significant healthcare infrastructure. The attacks are causing a severe humanitarian crisis in Idlib.
As your constituent, I am requesting that you raise this matter with Minister Chrystia Freeland and our Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and call for the accountability of all parties violating international laws and ceasefires. I kindly ask that you keep me updated on this urgent matter.
[Your Address with postal code]