Wednesday, 31 July 2019 20:43

Syrian Coalition Hails Calls by UN Security Council Member States to Launch Investigation into Bombardment of Idlib Hospitals

The Syrian Coalition hailed calls by member States of the UN Security Council to launch an internal UN investigation into the Assad regime and Russia’s bombing of UN-supported hospitals in Idlib and rural Hama over the past three months.

Vice-President of the Syrian Coalition, Dima Moussa, said that the Assad regime and Russian forces have committed the most heinous war crimes by targeting hospitals, civil defense centers, residential areas, popular markets and places of worship. She described these attacks as deliberate, which requires urgent action by the UN Security Council to stop these violations.

Moussa added that the UN Security Council is “at the risk of losing its credibility in front of the whole world as the international organization tasked with maintaining international peace and security. She called for effective, serious steps to condemn these violations and ensure an immediate end to these attacks.

The UK, France, the US, Germany, Belgium, Peru, Poland, Kuwait, Dominican Republic and Indonesia - collectively representing two-thirds of the council - on Tuesday delivered a formal diplomatic petition to the secretary general questioning the lack of an inquiry into attacks on UN-supported facilities.

Moussa stressed the need for holding perpetrators of war crimes in Syria accountable, noting that the Assad regime and Russia’s insistence on their criminal behavior have stalled the political process and undermined the ‘de-escalation zones agreement.’ She said that the sabotage of this agreement, which should have formed the basis for a ceasefire in the region, have undermined chances for reaching a political solution in Syria.

Moreover, Moussa said that civilians in Idlib and rural Hama suffer dire humanitarian conditions because of the ongoing shelling, pointing out that the targeting of vital facilities have so far forced hundreds of thousands of civilians out of their homes thus risking ushering in a new mass wave of refugees. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

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