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Poll: 64% of Brits want a no-fly zone to protect civilians in Aleppo

*After over a hundred children killed, over 1.5 million call on Theresa May to take action*

As Parliament holds an emergency debate on the crisis in Aleppo, a new poll shows that a large majority of British people support a no-fly zone over Aleppo and parts of northern Syria to protect civilians.

The poll, conducted by YouGov and commissioned by the global civic movement, Avaaz, shows that a large majority of respondents support a no-fly zone to protect civilians, with 6% opposed, and 30% who didn’t know or did not answer.

This trend is strong across Europe with 59% of French citizens and 69% of German citizens supporting a no-fly zone.

Alice Jay, Campaign Director at Avaaz, said: “A large majority of Brits don’t want our government to just condemn the bombing of scores of children by Syrian and Russian forces, they want action to protect civilians. This is a never again moment, like Srebrenica or Rwanda, and we are looking to Theresa May to lead.”

In recent weeks, rebel-held eastern Aleppo has faced relentless bombardment by the Syrian and Russian airforce using bunker buster bombs, cluster munitions, and incendiary devices. Roughly 275,000 people including 100,000 children are trapped with limited food, water, and medical supplies. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called the city “worse than a slaughterhouse” and spoken of war crimes.

Last Saturday the UN Security Council voted on a resolution for an immediate truce in Aleppo and a cessation of military flights over the city. The resolution was supported by the UK, France, the U.S. and 10 other members of the Security Council, but it was vetoed by Russia; this is the fifth time Russia has vetoed a council resolution during the conflict.

Since the campaign was launched over 1.5 million people from across the world have called for a no-fly zone or air exclusion zone over Aleppo and parts of northern Syria. 125,000 Brits have called directly on Theresa May to take action. Hundreds also sent tweets to Theresa May and Boris Johnson last week calling for action. This campaign comes after 30 MPs called for a ”no-bombing zone” to protect civilians this past August, and dozens of Syrian medical and humanitarian organisations have called for international force to protect civilians in Aleppo.

Ahead of today’s debate, Avaaz members from across the UK are telephoning and messaging MPs directly, as part of national campaigns in UK, France, Germany, Brazil, India and Spain.


For more information or further comment, please contact:

Bert Wander on bert@avaaz.org or +447968017731



All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 2,006 adults (2,072 for Germany, 2,003 for France). Fieldwork was undertaken between 6th - 7th October 2016 (5th - 7th October 2016 in Germany and France).  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+) (of all German adults (aged 18+) in Germany and of French adults (aged 18+) in France).

Respondents were asked the following question:

Would you support or oppose an internationally enforced no-fly zone over Aleppo and parts of northern Syria, which would prevent aircraft from bombing areas where civilians may live?


Support: 64%

Oppose: 6%

Don’t know/no answer: 30%



Support: 69%

Oppose: 10%

Don’t know/no answer: 21%



Support: 59%

Oppose: 10%

Don’t know/no answer: 31%


More than 1.5 million people have signed an Avaaz petition calling for a no fly zone in Syria. More information on the campaign the no-fly zone can be found here.