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30 September 2016 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition’s legal committee submitted a memorandum to the UN Security Council to protest against the genocidal war the Assad regime as well as its Russian and Iranian allies wage on Aleppo. The memorandum said that the ongoing brutal onslaught on besieged Aleppo is aimed at emptying the city of its indigenous population and bring about a demographic change.

Head of the legal committee Haitham Almalih stressed that the Assad regime as well as the Russian and Iranian invaders commit war crimes and genocide in Aleppo through besiegement, starvation, mass forced displacement, and the use of internationally banned weapons such as white, phosphorus, napalm and most recently “bunker buster” bombs.

Russian and Assad regime air forces are targeting, hospitals, schools, children, and women. These barbaric attacks have forced more than half of Syria's population to leave their homes; destroyed vital civilian infrastructure, and killed hundreds of thousands of civilians, Almalih added. He also said that regime forces incarcerate tens of thousands of civilians who are subjected to severe torture and maltreatment.

Almalih went on to say that the Russian intervention in Syria violates international law as it came at the request of an illegitimate government. In times of popular uprisings, legitimacy goes to the people in line with their right to self-determination, he added. Russia's direct military intervention did not come to ward off outside aggression on Syria but to help the Assad regime quell the revolution and suppress the Syrian people’s aspirations for freedom and dignity, he noted.

Member of the Coalition’s political committee Yasser Alfarhan said that the problem is not with the characterization of Russia’s aggression on Syria or with evidence, which is already clear and abundant, but with the flawed international system and the UN Security Council.

Alfarhan pointed out that Russia cannot claim to be a credible sponsor of the political process as it is a direct partner to the crimes committed by the Assad regime against the Syrian people.

Alfarhan noted that the legal committee called for withdrawing the Syrian file from the UN Security Council and referring it to the UN General Assembly in accordance with the principle of maintaining civil and peace security. (Source: Syrian Coalition)

30 September 2016 In Coalition News

The Syrian interim government and representatives of local councils in Syria gave on overview of their plan of action and an outline of their strategic vision for implementing service projects in the liberated areas to representatives of the European Union aid agencies.

The meeting with the EU representatives, which was held between 28-29 September in the headquarters of the Syrian interim government in Gaziantep, Turkey, was also attended by officials from the Syrian Coalition.

The meeting is aimed at establishing partnerships with the European Union to fund projects aimed at providing services and support local councils in the liberated areas across Syria.

The meeting comes as a follow-up to several previous meetings with the EU representatives in the Belgian capital Brussels, the latest of which was held on September 8 at the European Commission headquarters and was attended by representatives of all EU countries.

Heads of local councils in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib explained the challenges they face especially in light of the escalating aerial campaign by the Russian forces. They also discussed plans developed by the local council in Jarablos to rehabilitate vital civilian structures in the town and offer services to the residents returning to it.

Representative of the local councils affiliated with the Kurdish National Council raised the issue of civilian needs in northern and northeastern Syria and gave an overview of the difficulties they face performing their work in light of the obstacles imposed by the PYD militia in some of these areas. (Source: Syrian Coalition)

29 September 2016 In Coalition News

President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Alabdah said that the Assad regime and its allies are committing heinous war crimes in Aleppo and are seeking to obliterate this historic city.

In a meeting with head of the office of the civil defense corps in Aleppo Ibrahim Hilal and director of civil defense in Aleppo Ammar Salmo earlier on Thursday, Alabdah said that civil defense teams should be protected under international laws. He stressed that targeting rescue workers is a war crime.

Alabdah slammed the international community's failure to shoulder its responsibilities, especially with regards to the protection of civilians. He reiterated calls on Friends of the Syrian people to take a firm and clear position of the brutal attacks by the Assad regime and its allies.

Hilal said that Assad's forces, backed by Russian aerial cover and the Iranian-backed foreign militias, has launched a barbaric onslaught on Aleppo since September 20, one day after the Assad regime announced the truce was over.

The Russian and Assad regime airstrikes hit almost all the besieged neighborhoods of Aleppo, including densely populated areas, Hilal said. He said that nearly 19 “bunker buster” bombs were used in these airstrikes, causing massive damage to civilian homes and the infrastructure. At least 400 civilians have been killed and 1,700 more injured since September 20, according to Hilal.

Hilal noted that civil defense teams and ambulance crews have been facing big difficulties rescuing victims of the ongoing onslaught on Aleppo because of the intense bombardment. He said that the airstrikes knocked out two civil defense centers in Aleppo, adding that only two centers remained operational, one tasked with extinguishing fire while the other is tasked with rescuing victims from under the rubble of bombed buildings.

Hilal warned that medical and food supplies in the besieged parts of the city, most especially flour, are running low. (Source: Syrian Coalition)

28 September 2016 In Coalition News

Vice-President of the Syrian Coalition Muwaffaq Nyrabiya said that the armed Syrian opposition will be considering all options to defend the Syrian people against the Russian aggression on Syria. He noted that a political solution is no longer a viable option in the current climate.

Nyrabiya pointed out that the armed and political oppositions are working on closing ranks and arranging their priorities in light of the fierce military campaign waged by the regime and its allies and their violations of international resolutions.

The Assad regime, backed by its Russian and Iranian allies, continues to escalate terrorist attacks across Syria, especially on Aleppo province. Activist in Aleppo said that at least 30 civilians were killed and many more wounded as a result of deadly aerial attacks on the city on Tuesday. The most violent airstrikes targeted the neighborhoods of Almash-had, and Alsha’ar. Civil defense teams said they are having difficulties rescuing victims of the aerial campaign on Aleppo due to the intensity of airstrikes.

Russian jets on Tuesday hit vital civilian facilities in the besieged eastern Aleppo, including ambulance teams and a bakery in the Maadi district. Internationally banned weapons, mostly white phosphorus, were used in the airstrikes on the neighborhoods of Alsaliheen and Alfirdous.

The Coalition’s political committee held a meeting on Tuesday which included members of the Coalition’s General Assembly and the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC), and reviewed the outcome of the opposition delegation’s meetings held in New York last week. The meeting also discussed the deteriorating situation in Aleppo.

Nyrabiya stressed the need to unite political and military efforts to confront the Russian aggression on Syria in light of the total silence by the international community and inaction by the United States. (Source: Syrian Coalition)

27 September 2016 In Coalition News

President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Alabdah said that the US administration still has a chance to rethink its approach to the Syrian conflict, calling for putting an end to the barbaric onslaught by Russia and the Assad regime on Aleppo. Alabdah said that Russian and Assad regime forces deliberately target aid convoys, civilians, hospitals, and vital civilian infrastructure.

Alabdah made his remarks following an expanded meeting of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee on Monday. The meeting, which included members of the Coalition’s General Assembly and the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC), reviewed the outcome of the opposition delegation’s meetings held in New York last week and also discussed the deteriorating situation in Aleppo.

The Syrian people have no other option but to close ranks and unite political and military efforts in order to counter the brutal war waged on them by the Assad regime and its allies, Alabdah stressed. New internationally banned weapons, most notably bunker buster bombs, are being used by Russia to quell the revolution amid total failure of the international community to assume its responsibilities to protect Syrian’s civilians, he added.

Alabdah pointed out that the Coalition leadership is sparing no effort to unite political and military efforts and to save the city of Aleppo. He stressed that the revolution forces will not allow Aleppo to fall to the mercenary militias Iran sent to fight alongside the Assad regime forces.

A delegation from the Syrian Coalition and the HNC on Sunday cut short their trip to the United States in response to the unprecedented military escalation by the Assad regime and Russia on Aleppo. The delegation was attending the UN 71st General Assembly meeting.

Friends of the Syrian People are now facing the moment of truth, Alabdah noted, adding that those friends have a duty to support the Syrian revolution that shares with them the values ​​and principles on which their countries were founded. Friends of the Syrian People must not allow tyranny and dictatorship in Syria to prevail. (Source: Syrian Coalition)

27 September 2016 In Coalition News

Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition Abdul Ilah Alfahd said that the United States and Russia "agreed to disagree" with regard to a political solution in Syria.

At a meeting with the Australian envoy to Syria Tamsin Sanderson on Tuesday, Alfahd pointed out that the ongoing brutal assault on Aleppo by the Assad regime and its allies is undermining all chances of reaching a political solution. He added that the destructive campaign on Aleppo is clearly aimed at emptying the city of its residents and bringing about a demographic change in the county in flagrant defiance of international resolutions.

The besieged neighborhoods in eastern Aleppo have been recently subjected to intense bombardment by the Russian and Assad regime’s air forces using internationally prohibited weapons. The airstrikes on the rebel-held parts of the city left dozens of civilians killed and injured on Monday and caused massive damage to civilian homes and the infrastructure.

Alfahd made it clear that the Assad regime and Russian warplanes were behind the bombing of a UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent aid convoy near Aleppo on September 19. He stressed that the attack violated international resolutions including the UN Security Council resolution 2156 which called for unfettered humanitarian access to those in need across Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition)

26 September 2016 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition’s political committee is due to hold an expanded meeting on Tuesday to review the outcome of the meetings the Syrian opposition held in New York and discuss the deteriorating situation on the ground in Aleppo. Members of the Coalition’s General Assembly and the High Negotiations Committee will participate in the meeting.

Secretary of the political committee Riad Hasan said that the meeting will discuss the systematic attacks by the Assad regime and Russian forces on Syrian civilians and the ongoing onslaught on Aleppo. Tabled for discussion is also the future of the political process and the negotiations which the UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said were due to be resumed later this month.

A delegation from the Syrian opposition on Sunday cut short their trip to the United States in response to the unprecedented military escalation by the Assad regime and Russia on Aleppo. The delegation was attending the UN 71st General Assembly meeting.

Hasan said that the United Nations and the UN Security Council have shown complete inaction and failure in front when they allowed a mass murderer to carry on with his crimes against the Syrian people. Russia, the Assad regime and Iran have clearly opted for a military solution to the conflict thus blocking all chances of putting the political process back on track, he added.

A joint statement by foreign ministers of France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and the High Representative of the European Union on Saturday stressed that “patience with Russia's continued inability or unwillingness to adhere to its commitments is not unlimited.”

The statement called upon the UN Security Council “to take urgent further steps to address the brutality of this conflict, and particularly the assault on Aleppo.” (Source: Syrian Coalition)

26 September 2016 In Coalition News

A delegation of the Syrian opposition has cut short their trip to the United States in response to the unprecedented military escalation by the Assad regime and Russia on Aleppo. Hundreds of civilians, mostly women and children, have been killed in the city and its countryside since the Assad regime and Russian forces resumed aerial bombardment on the rebel-held areas.

The delegation, led by Riad Hijab, head of the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC), and Anas Alabdah, president of the Syrian Coalition, met with a number western foreign ministers and world leaders. They condemned the barbaric onslaught launched by the Assad regime and Russian forces on Aleppo.

Hijab criticized the failure and paralysis of the international community regarding the violations and massacres carried out against Syrian civilians by Russia and the Assad regime. He pointed out that it is no longer appropriate to continue a policy which satisfies murderers under the pretext of fighting terrorism. Submitting to the murderers’ conditions and accommodating them violates the charter upon which the United Nations was founded, he added.

Hijab stressed that it is time for the international community and the United Nations to restore the trust they have lost among Syrians, who have become fully convinced that an individual’s nationality is the key factor which determines whether lives are respected in international law. (Source: Syrian Coalition)

24 September 2016 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition strongly condemned the barbaric onslaught launched by the Assad regime and Russian forces on Aleppo, slamming the inaction of the international community and its failure to stop heinous crimes in Syria. The Coalition called upon peoples of the world, civil and human rights bodies, civil society organizations and activists across the world to act urgently in order to protect Syrian women and children.

In a statement released on Friday, the Coalition said that the Assad regime and the Russian invaders have resumed the aerial campaign on Aleppo, launching the fiercest airstrikes yet on the besieged rebel-held parts of the city.

“The bombardment has caused a tragedy in the city, with photos and videos coming from the city showing a situation that words cannot describe. This brutal onslaught, however, has so far been met by total silence by the international community,” the statement said.

The Coalition pointed out that this criminal campaign demonstrates how world powers seek to settle scores at the expense of the Syrian people.

“New Russian weapons are being used for the first time in the ongoing campaign on Aleppo, targeting women, children, civilian homes, schools, mosques, churches and hospitals. The ongoing onslaught on Aleppo, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, has caused massive, widespread damage and is clearly aimed at killing and displacing as many civilians trapped inside as possible.”

The statement added: “Nonetheless, the international community continues to show inaction towards heinous crimes committed in broad daylight. The international community also seems ignorant of the fact that this inaction will not only bring shame on those who chose to remain silent, but also push some Syrians towards extremism with dire consequences affecting the region and beyond.”

“We are making our last appeal to save the lives of Syrian civilians. The governments of brotherly and friendly countries need to assume their responsibilities especially since the UN Security Council failed to bring peace or restore security, a fact that has been attested by the very members and heads of this organization. The UNSC, instead, proved to be an obstacle to achieving peace and security.”

The Coalition also urged governments of brotherly and friendly countries to take urgent action to deter these barbaric crimes and save the lives of the people of Aleppo and across Syria. It also called upon those countries to support the Syrian people’s struggle for peace, freedom and democracy. (Source: Syrian Coalition)

23 September 2016 In Coalition News

Secretary of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee Riad Alhasan said that the brutal onslaught by regime forces and their allied foreign militias on the besieged eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo violates international resolutions on Syria and risks undermining chances of reaching a political solution.

Regime and Russian forces on Thursday resumed aerial bombardment on the rebel-held parts of Aleppo. The policy of barbaric bombardment, besiegement and starvation of the civilian population to force them out of their homes is a war crime for which the perpetrators must be held to account, Hasan stressed.

The international community's silence over those violations is no longer acceptable, Hasan added.

Activists in Aleppo said that the Assad regime and Russian jets have conducted over 80 airstrikes on the rebel-held parts of the city since midnight. Internationally prohibited weapons, such as napalm and phosphorus, were used in the attacks. The airstrikes targeted mainly vital civilian facilities and caused dozens of civilian casualties.

Multiple airstrikes hit civil defense centers, putting two of them out of service. The civil defense corps in northern Syria, also known as the White Helmets, were nominated for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for their role in helping victims of bombardment by Russian and Assad regime forces.

Hasan pointed out that the Assad regime and Russian forces have been systematically targeting vital civilian structures in Aleppo to render life impossible in the city and weaken rebel resistance and then force them to agree to a so-called reconciliation and evacuation deals. He stressed that this tactic, which the Assad regime has previously employed in Homs and the Damascus suburbs, risks undermining the political process and serves to bring about a demographic change in Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition)

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