Condemnations of Turkish attacks in North and East Syria slowly growing

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — International condemnation has slowly grown over the Turkish airstrikes targeting vital civilian infrastructure in North and East Syria.

Expressing her dismay during her visit to North and East Syria, President of the International Religious Freedom Secretariat and former Chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Nadine Maenza, called on the United Nations and the international community to condemn the Turkish attacks on civilian infrastructure and stand in solidarity with the affected peoples of North and East Syria.

Secretary General of Education International David Edwards also denounced the Turkish attacks that have targeted vital infrastructure, public facilities, and educational institutions.

Education International is a global union federation of teachers’ trade unions consisting of 401 member organizations in 172 countries and territories that represents over 30 million education personnel from pre-school through university.

Edwards highlighted the severe consequences of the Turkish airstrikes, including the suspension of 48 schools and the disruption of education for more than 8,000 students. He stated that the attacks were a direct violation of international law.

Edwards called for the meticulous documentation of Turkish violations and the submission of comprehensive reports to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Protests against the Turkish attacks were organized in Mardin, Turkey, and several cities in Austria. Hundreds gathered to condemn the assaults on vital facilities and infrastructure in North and East Syria.