For nearly three months, the world's attention has rightfully centred on Gaza, drawn by the distressing realities that have been unfolding there. The toll on civilian lives, severe blockades, scarcity of essential supplies, and the relentless targeting of civilian infrastructure, residential zones, and camps underscore the gravity of the situation.
Adding to this devastating situation, war criminals like Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are exploiting the unfolding atrocities in Palestine to advance their agendas.
Capitalising on the world's singular focus on Gaza, the Syrian regime has strategically intensified its assaults on civilians in Idlib to perpetuate violence with minimal attention.
This calculated exploitation extends beyond the battlefield. Al-Assad is strategically denouncing Israel's actions — not out of moral objection but as a means to assume a false moral high ground and cleanse the regime's tarnished reputation.
Despite the varying scales of conflict, Gaza did not stand as the sole intense battleground in the Levant from October onwards. Idlib, the last enclave controlled by opposition fighters in Syria and home to 4.5 million people, has experienced its most intense military escalation in three years.
Since early October, the sustained military campaign waged against Idlib has zeroed explicitly in on civilian zones within Idlib city and its neighbouring rural districts. While air strikes have been part of the onslaught, the Syrian regime has heavily relied on ground attacks, employing rocket launchers and artillery weaponry.