DRAWING ATTENTION TO THE TRAGEDY UNFOLDING IN IDLIB, SYRIA; Congressional Record Vol. 166, No. 30
(House of Representatives - February 13, 2020)

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       DRAWING ATTENTION TO THE TRAGEDY UNFOLDING IN IDLIB, SYRIA

  (Mr. ENGEL asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. ENGEL. Madam Speaker, as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs 
Committee, I rise to draw attention to the tragedy unfolding in Idlib, 
Syria.
  The regime backed by Iran and Russia continues to target civilians. 
They target hospitals and other civilian infrastructure. Just drop 
bombs. They are levelling whole neighborhoods, which is indicative that 
the regime does not want people to return to their homes. They are 
killing innocent men, women, and children for no reason.
  Over half a million people have been displaced in the last 2 months. 
There must be a humanitarian response from the world, and it must start 
here in the United States. There must be accountability, and we must 
show the Syrian people that we have not forgotten them. How can we 
stand idly by and allow this to continue to happen?
  I call on the President and all Members of both houses to have a 
forceful response to the regime in Syria to say that we will not 
tolerate the targeting of civilians, the wholesale killing of children 
and women and all civilians. We need to stand on the side of justice, 
and we must show the Syrian people that we have not forgotten them.

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