Officials of the Syrian Coalition discussed the situation in Idlib province with leadership of the provincial council and representatives of civic bodies in the province at a teleconference on Friday.
In addition to the field situation in Idlib province, participants discussed the reality of civil institutions in the province, most notably the civil defense and medical facilities which have been subjected to systematic bombing by the Assad regime and Russia’s air forces in recent weeks.
The Coalition members gave a detailed explanation of the political situation and the latest developments regarding the Syrian crisis at the international level.
Member of the Coalition’s political committee Yasser Farhan said that forces of the revolution would continue to resist attempts by allies of the Assad regime to impose their vision for a political solution in Syria and to rehabilitate the Assad regime.
Farhan stressed that the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) is the only legitimate representative of the Syrian opposition, adding that it serves as "the executive arm of the opposition in all liberated areas."
Coalition member Riad al-Hassan said that Idlib provincial council is SIG’s representative in the province, reiterating the Coalition’s support for the council to carry out its task of administering the city. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition’s presidential body and political committee met with representatives of the Friends of Syria countries at the headquarters of the Coalition’s General Secretariat in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday.
The meeting discussed the latest field developments in Syria, especially the situation in Idlib, Raqqa and Deir Ezzor provinces as well as the latest political developments with regards to the revival of the Geneva process and preparations for the upcoming Riyadh II Conference.
Coalition President Riad Seif called on representatives of the Friends of Syria countries to step up support for the Coalition, the Syrian Interim Government (SIG), and the Coalition-affiliated rebel groups to fill the vacuum and administer the liberated areas.
Seif pointed out that the Coalition, SIG, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups are already engaged in the administrative work, the decision-making process and administration of the country. He rejected attempts by some parties to exclude the Coalition and its institutions.
“While the Coalition institutions have become alienated from some areas of Syria, the PYD militias were empowered to recapture Raqqa. Other forces are storming Deir Ezzor and signing off on regional and international agreements without having any kind of legitimacy to do so,” Seif said.
Seif pointed out that Russia is the biggest beneficiary of these policies. “This behavior towards the opposition institutions risks helps Russia directly and indirectly implement its plans to save Bashar al-Assad, dilute the process of political transition and empty it of any meaning.”
Seif warned of the continuation of the current situation, stressing that this "may lead to very serious repercussions on the future of Syria and its unity." He also stressed that the current strategy to fight ISIS and Al-Qaeda is limited to fighting the results without paying attention to the need to eliminate the reasons behind the emergence of these terrorist groups.
In addition to the power vacuum in the liberated areas, the Assad regime played a pivotal role in allowing such extremist organizations to grow and fester by ignoring these groups for a long time while deliberately and brutally targeting civilian areas and the FSA groups, Seif added. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
A delegation from residents of Deir Ezzor province met with Adnan Kesici, Turkish government official in charge of following up on the affairs of Syrian refugees to discuss the administrative, humanitarian and military situation in the province. The province has been witnessing heavy fighting between Russian-backed regime forces and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF0 to drive ISIS from the province. The meeting was also attended by Secretary-General of the Syrian Interim Government Hussein Bakri.
The delegation was chosen from those who participated in the workshop which was organized by the Syrian Coalition in the Turkish city of Sanliurfa on Sunday and Monday. Participants included representatives of civil and military bodies in the province.
Member of the Coalition’s political committee Okab Yahya said that a similar meeting was earlier held between a delegation from Deir Ezzor residents and the Turkish official in the Turkish city of Gaziantep. The delegation included four from those who participated in the workshop, including a woman.
Yahya pointed out that the meeting focused on two main issues, namely the urgent setting up of camps for the displaced in northern rural Aleppo and equipping them with the basic necessities as well as the securing of safe corridors for civilians to flee from the areas witnessing heavy fighting and the delivery of humanitarian aid to them.
Yahya pointed out that the meeting was very positive as he thanked the Turkish government for the assistance it is providing to the Syrian people and its efforts to alleviate their suffering.
Deir Ezzor province has been the site for fierce battles between regime forces and the Iranian militias backed by Russian aerial cover as well as the US-backed militias of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on one hand and ISIS on the other. Hundreds of civilians have been killed in indiscriminate aerial bombardment on residential areas, while tens of thousands more were forced to flee and seek refuge in camps erected in the desert that activists nicknamed "camps of death." (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition called on the United Nations and UN Security Council to stop standing idly by while war crimes are being committed against civilians in Deir Ezzor. It condemned the Assad regime's summary execution and mass arrests of civilians in the areas taken recently from the ISIS extremist group.
Deir Ezzor 24 media campaign said that Assad forces are carrying out summary executions of civilians in the province. The victims included Ibrahim Khalaf Al-Hadrous and Ali Suleiman Dabbal who were executed in the town of Boqras on Tuesday. Regime forces also rounded up dozens of civilians inside a house in the town on charges of belonging to ISIS, Deir Ezzor 24 added.
Deir Ezzor 24, an independent media campaign which documents violations against civilians in Deir Ezzor, previously said that regime forces and their allied Iranian militias had carried out summary executions against civilians in the town of Mayadeen which they recaptured from ISIS last week. It warned of a repeat of these crimes in the areas that may fell to regime forces and their allied foreign militias in the future.
Deir Ezzor province has been the site for fierce battles between regime forces and the Iranian militias backed by Russia aerial cover as well as the US-backed militias of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on one hand and ISIS on the other. Hundreds of civilians were killed in indiscriminate aerial bombardment on residential areas, while tens of thousands more were forced to flee and seek refuge in camps erected the desert that activists nicknamed "camps of death."
Meanwhile, the Coalition held a workshop with leaders and representatives of military and civic bodies in the province of Deir Ezzor in the Turkish city of Sanliurfa on Sunday and Monday (15-16 October to discuss the humanitarian and military situation in the province.
Participants called for sparing the lives of civilians fleeing the fighting in Deir Ezzor province and for the opening of safe humanitarian corridors for civilians who are caught in the middle of battles raging in the province. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition called on the United Nations to provide all kinds of relief aid and protection for civilians fleeing the intensifying fighting in Deir Ezzor as it stressed the right of the people of the province to liberate their towns and villages and administrate their areas in the province.
The calls came at the conclusion of a workshop held by the Coalition in the Turkish city of Sanliurfa on Sunday and Monday (15-16 October) with leaders and representatives of military and civic bodies in the province of Deir Ezzor.
Participants in the workshop were divided into three committees on political affairs and civil administration, military affairs, and relief work. They put forward a set of proposals and suggestions to address the situation of civilians fleeing the province.
Participants called for sparing the lives of civilians fleeing the fighting in Deir Ezzor province as they stressed that the United States and Russia bear full responsibility for their safety.
Moreover, participants in the workshop urged the United States, France, and the United Kingdom to make urgent visits to the camps housing civilians fleeing Deir Ezzor. The camps were dubbed ‘The Camps of Death” in view of the tragic living conditions inside. Representatives from the three countries had previously visited the areas under the control of the militias of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) where these camps were erected.
Participants also called for the opening of safe humanitarian corridors for civilians who are caught in the middle of battles being fought by Russian-backed regime forces and the US-backed SDF militias against ISIS in the province.
Participants in the workshop suggested setting up a zone in Syria’s north bringing together rebel groups of Deir Ezzor to follow up on the process of organizing these groups and incorporate them in one national army. They stressed the right of the people of the province to liberate the province as they condemned the continued killings of civilians in the province.
They also suggested the establishment of a unified operations room comprising all rebel groups of Deir Ezzor and that the Coalition and the Syrian Interim Government support the room. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition held a consultative meeting with leaders and representatives of civil and military bodies in Deir Ezzor province in the Turkish city of Sanliurfa on Sunday. The meeting discussed the latest field developments in the province and ways to alleviate the suffering of civilians resulting from the intensified campaign by the Russian-backed Assad regime forces and the US-backed militias of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against the ISIS extremist group.
Head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) Jawad Abu Hatab said that Russia is working on forming weak local administrations in the province that do not represent the local population and are subject to the Assad regime. He described such moves as "merely cosmetic" and do not meet the aspirations of the Syrian people who demands freedom, dignity and the overthrow of the regime.
The local councils formed by SDF militias do not represent the local population as they serve the objectives of the militias of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), Abu Hatab said. He stressed that SIG will hold meetings with all representatives of civic groups to set up real, elected local councils representing the demands of the Syrian revolution.
Abu Hatab described the reports about the suffering of civilians fleeing the fighting in Deir Ezzor and the tragic conditions in the IDPs camps built in the desert as “heart-wrenching and contradict the values of humanity." He stressed that war crimes and crimes against humanity are being committed against civilians in Deir Ezzor. He said that Russia and the United States bear full responsibility as they support groups that does not care about the fate of civilians.
Member of the Coalition’s political committee Okab Yahya said that the meeting aims to bring active civic groups in Deir Ezzor together and organize their ranks so that they contribute to the efforts aimed at relieving the people of the province. He stressed that the people of Deir Ezzor must be allowed to administer their towns and villages, adding that their work must serve the interests of civilians rather than political goals and foreign agendas.
Yahya reiterated that SIG is the legitimate representative of the Syrian opposition, calling on the international community to hand over the administration of the liberated areas to SIG staff. He emphasized that armed groups and militias must be prevented from assuming these tasks, calling for not granting them legitimacy to assume such tasks as this amounts to covering up the crimes these groups are committing against the civilian population.
Director of the Coalition’s Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) Mohammed Hassanu said that ACU cannot reach the internally displaced people in Deir Ezzor or civilians in the ISIS-held areas. He pointed out that the Unit is seeking to provide aid to all Syrian provinces without exception to connect the north to the south and thwart any attempts to divide the country. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition’s political committee marked the launch of the Syrian Day of Rage campaign by organizing several meetings, sit-ins and events inside Syria today.
Vice-President of the Syrian Coalition Abdul Rahman Mustafa said that the propagation of the Syrian Day of Rage represents a revival of the spirit of the revolution, its principles and demands, most importantly bringing Assad and his clique to account.
The Syrian Day of Rage media campaign comes to protest and condemn the continued bloodshed in Syria by the Russian occupiers, forces of the international anti-ISIS coalition, the Iranian militias, and the Assad regime forces.
"Today, on our soil and among our people, we raise our voices high to reaffirm commitment to principles of the revolution, first and foremost to remove Assad and his regime, put an end to the tragedy unfolding in Syria, bring criminals to justice, and establish a democratic, pluralistic state that guarantees freedom, dignity, and justice for all citizens without discrimination,” Mustafa said.
Mustafa went on: "Today we call on brothers and friends in the international community to focus on the root cause and origin of corruption and destruction in Syria and the region, namely the Assad regime. The Assad regime practiced all acts of terrorism against the Syrian people and brought terrorist groups and sectarian militias to Syria as well as paved the way for the Russian and Iranian occupation forces to invade the homeland and killed hundreds of thousands and the displaced millions more.”
Nasr al-Harbi, head of the opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) delegation to Geneva talks, said that "there will be no stability in Syria and the region as long as Bashar al-Assad clings to power.” He stressed that “defeating terrorism depends on defeating its sponsors and its manufacturers, chiefly among them is the Iranian regime and ousting them and their militias from all Syrian territory.”
“After 50 years of tyranny and corruption, during which the Assad family thought that they succeeded in subjugating the Syrian people, the Syrian people rose up and rocked the ground under the feet of the Assad regime,” Hariri added.
Syrian activists on Saturday launched a major campaign on various social media sites with the aim of mobilizing all Syrian rebels and revolutionaries against the Assad regime, calling on "advocates of humanity" to stand by the Syrian people in their struggle for freedom and dignity.
Organizers of the Syrian Day of Rage campaign set Saturday as the date for the start of the campaign which aims to "reaffirm commitment to the principles and values of the revolution until the overthrow of the Assad regime."
Organizers pointed out that they seek to mobilize millions in one day and send a message to all the free people around the world that Bashar Al-Assad is the source of terrorism in Syria. They stressed that “the Syrian Day of Rage is the day when all the revolutionaries in the world stand united against the Assad regime."
Organizers of the campaign called on the United Nations and the international community to hold Bashar Al-Assad accountable and condemn the crimes being committed by the Iranian, Lebanese, Iraqi, Afghan and the rest of foreign militias which were brought by the Assad regime and its allies to Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Members of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee met with officials of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) and the newly formed FSA General Staff in the Turkish city of Gaziantep on Friday.
The meeting, which was chaired by the Coalition president Riad Seif and SIG’s Head Jawad Abu Hatab, discussed the projects being implemented and developed by SIG in the liberated areas.
Seif reaffirmed the Coalition’s support for SIG’s work as the legitimate administration in the liberated areas as he rejected alternative formations aimed at "undermining the national unity.”
Seif pointed out that SIG’s presence in the four areas covered by the “de-escalation zones agreement” would help preserve the unity of Syria and thwart attempts to divide the country. By setting up administration in the liberated areas, SIG will be able to unify the law courts, education curricula and achieve sectoral unity, Seif added.
The Coalition has already held several meetings in Gaziantep with the staff of SIG and the Coalition’s Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) to reach a unified vision and unify efforts in all areas, Seif said. He stressed that civilians in the liberated areas who are being subjected to systematic bombing “do not need those who awaken them but need their will to be unified and to be well catered for.”
With regards to the situation in Idlib, Seif noted that the Coalition is closely watching the situation in the province. "Our priority has always been to protect civilians from the crimes of the Assad regime," he stressed.
Seif stressed that the Coalition is a key partner in the efforts aimed at bringing Idlib back to the “revolution’s social base” through assigning SIG the task of administering the province in cooperation with the Free Syrian Army.
Seif hailed the support being provided by Turkey, expressing “confidence that Ankara's efforts in all areas are aimed at protecting Idlib from any possible aggression and protect the lives of its people."
For his part, Abu Hatab said that they had come a long way on the road to build a national army and stamp out factionalism, adding that this step will support SIG’s position and contribute to the protection of the liberated areas from any possible aggression.
Abu Hatab also said that SIG works tirelessly to improve the reality of services being offered to the civilian population and to provide better living conditions for those who were displaced from their homes by the Assad regime. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition’s political committee on Thursday held an expanded meeting in the Turkish city of Gaziantep with officials of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG). The meeting was attended by the Coalition President Riad Seif and Head of the Syrian Interim Government Jawad Abu Hatab.
Seif stressed the need for SIG to continue the provision of services to the civilian population in the liberated areas. He described SIG’s takeover of the management of Bab Al-Salama border crossing as “an important step on the way to improve SIG’s performance.”
The Syrian Coalition is seeking at international forums to reinforce the cease-fire, put an end to Assad’s crimes, and enable SIG staff to step up the work of its institutions in the liberated areas, Seif added.
Seif pointed out that SIG is facing enormous challenges with regards to curbing lawlessness and rebuilding the infrastructure which was destroyed by the Assad regime and its allies during their ongoing brutal military operations on the liberated areas.
SIG ministers gave a detailed explanation of the work of SIG and its future projects. SIG’s Head Abu Hatab said that SIG ministers and staff are exerting considerable efforts to improve services in the liberated areas, especially in the areas of education and health.
Abu Hatab pointed out that work in Bab Al-Salama border crossing requires about three months to start according to new regulations after repairs and equipping has been completed. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
A delegation from the Syrian Coalition’s Supreme Hajj Committee headed by Secretary-General of the Coalition, Nazir al-Hakim participated in the International Conference on Hajj and Umrah in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.
The delegation included Samer Birqdar, Director of Syrian Hajj, Participants discussed a number of proposals and solutions that are meant to be submitted to the Saudi Ministry of Hajj. They also listened to a detailed explanation on the Hajj Fund which was established by Malaysia and Indonesia and on Eid Al-Adah sacrifices project.
Hakim met with advisor of the Indonesian President, Mauritania’s Minister of Hajj, Libya’s Minister of State for Hajj Affairs, and heads of delegations from various countries on the sidelines of the conference.
During the conference, Hakim talked about the affairs related to Syrian pilgrims and the services provided by the Supreme Hajj Committee to pilgrims coming from Syria and neighboring countries.
Hakim pointed to the improvements that were introduced to the Hajj missions during the latest Hajj season. He thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the great efforts it is making and which are noticeably increasing year after year. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)