Bachelet: Terrorist organizations using COVID-19 pandemic to regroup and escalate violence against Syrian civilians

GENEVA, (ST)- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed serious concern on Friday that the terrorists organizations, including ISIS are using the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to regroup and inflict violence on the population in Syria, describing the situation as a ticking time-bomb that must not be ignored by the international community, according to the United nations website.

  Bachelet made it clear that most of the terror attacks have taken place in the northern and the northeastern regions of Syria which are under the control of the Turkish occupation and its mercenaries or the control of the Kurdish-led "Syria Democratic Forces" (known as Qasad in Arabic).

In addition, the terrorists of the so-called "Turkistan Islamic Party", backed by the Turkish regime, destroyed the tower of the Zayzoun Thermal Station in Idlib countryside two days ago and they dismantled and smuggled Syrian irrigation networks.

 The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) singled out May 4, 2020 attack in which a terrorist group killed nine policemen in the town of Muzairib in the western countryside of Dar'a in Syria's southern region. And in the past two weeks, ISIS has claimed responsibility for three attacks in the area.

Also, the terrorist organizations have violated the cessation of hostilities agreement dozens of times since it was applied early last March through launching machinegun and rocket attacks against army positions and residential areas in the countryside of Aleppo, Idlib and Lattakia.

Hamda Mustafa