President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif sent a memorandum to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and to representatives of friendly countries urging protection of the records of Raqqa’s City Council and the land registry records in the city.
Seif stressed the need to protect the land registry records in the city of Raqqa. “The Syrian Coalition stresses the need to make every possible effort to protect the warehouses where such documents, records and documents are kept and to direct your military forces in accordance with your legal, political and moral responsibilities.”
The Coalition said that all countries participating in the international anti-ISIS coalition forces bear full legal responsibility for the safety of these records. It also said that these countries bear responsibility for the actions of the forces they support and that currently control the area, whether forces of the so-called Manbij Military Council or the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces, or any other forces that are backed by the international coalition.
The Coalition emphasized it was “ready to provide a team to follow up on the issue and provide any information that ensures that these records are protected and transferred to a safe place as soon as possible.”
Seif made it clear that such measures are needed to prevent further losses and administrative chaos as well as to protect what remained of the Syrians’ rights in the province of Raqqa in general and the city of Raqqa in particular. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department
President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif on Tuesday met with the UK Special Representative for Syria Martin Longden and discussed with him the latest political and field developments, especially the situation in the provinces of Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.
The meeting was attended by the Coalition’s vice-presidents and members of the political committee. This is the first meeting with Longden who has recently succeeded Gareth Bayley as the UK envoy to Syria.
The two sides discussed the developments of the political process and the Riyadh opposition conference due to be held later this month. They stressed need to activate and revive the political process in order to reach a just political solution in accordance with international resolutions, most importantly the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254.
The two sides also emphasized continued coordination in order to achieve the aspirations of the Syrian people for freedom and dignity through supporting their demands for the establishment of a pluralistic democratic state without Bashar al-Assad and his regime.
Seif stressed the important role of the United Kingdom in pushing the political process forward as he underscored that any solution cannot be achieved as long as Assad and his clique survive in power.
For his part, the British envoy reaffirmed his country's continued support for the Syrian opposition at the international level and for the rights of the Syrian people. Longden expressed regret for the daily massacres being committed against Syrian civilians. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif met with the French special envoy to Syria, Franck Gellet, to discuss the latest developments in the political process and the situation on the ground in Syria.
The two sides stressed to the need to restart the political process to reach a just political solution in accordance with UN resolutions, most importantly of the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UNSC resolution 2254.
The two sides also reaffirmed the close, friendly relations between the Syrian and French peoples as well as the Syrian people's rights to freedom and dignity.
Seif stressed the importance of Europe’s role in pushing the political process forward as he underscored that any solution cannot be reached with Assad and his clique in power.
For his part, Gellet stressed that there will be no stability in Syria without a just international political solution. He reaffirmed his country’s continued support for the Syrian opposition and its positions at the international level. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Head of the Syrian Coalition’s media department Ahmed Ramadan said that the Russian intervention in Syria is aimed at changing the demographic landscape in the country, expanding its control and influence in the largest possible area, and weakening the political and military opposition.
"The fight against terrorism was only a pretext to attack Syria," Ramadan said in an interview with Geroun News Network. "Moscow has not provided evidence of the death of a single senior terrorist figure in the airstrikes it is launching in Syria."
Ramadan stressed that the Russian airstrikes on the rebel-held areas have already claimed the lives of hundreds of Syrian civilians.
"Moscow's strategy is to use the fight against terrorism to achieve political gains as evidenced by the targeting of the Free Syrian Army during the battles against the ISIS extremist group,” Ramadan added.
Ramadan went on to say that “Russia exploits the Syrian conflict to achieve political gains in other parts of the world thus restoring its past glories. In the long run, Russia will pay a heavy price for its actions in Syria as it has become an occupying country in the eyes of the Syrian people.”
“The international community will not allow the Russians to act freely in Syria forever. Russia is fully aware of this, so it is now seeking to reach a quick settlement. It is also aware that it does not have a lot of cards to play and prompt the other parties, especially the United States, to make big concessions." (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif urged the United States to step up efforts to revive the political process within the framework of the Geneva negotiations. Seif emphasized the friendly countries’ responsibilities to ensure protection for the Syrian people.
Seif made these remarks during a meeting with US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Michael Ratney at the Coalition’s headquarters in Istanbul on Friday. The meeting was also attended by member of the Coalition’s political committee Hadi al-Bahra.
Seif presented his guest with two memoranda on the war crimes being committed against civilians in Deir Ezzor province resulting in mass exodus of civilians from several areas in the province as well as on the rising civilian casualties as a result of the aerial bombardments targeting civilian areas in the province.
The memoranda highlighted the crimes being committed against civilians in Raqqa by militias of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the death of dozens of innocent civilian as a result of the continued aerial bombardment by the international anti-ISIS coalition in the province. The two memoranda called on the US-led coalition to assume its responsibility to ensure that civilians are spared, their needs are met, investigations into violations are conducted, and necessary steps are taken to put an end to these violations.
The two memoranda also stressed the need to supply the FSA Ossoud Al-Sharqiya and Ahmad Al-Abdu FSA groups with the necessary means so that they actively participate in the liberation of Deir Ezzor and to ensure that they are not targeted by regime forces and their allies.
Seif underscored that "any political settlement in Syria that fails to meet the aspirations of the Syrian people for which they made enormous sacrifices cannot restore stability."
A lasting political settlement can only be reached through holding criminals accountable and the release of detainees, Seif stressed. Any settlement should lead to a radical, comprehensive political transition and allow the Syrian people to draft a new constitution and freely elect their leaders, he added. “The future of Syria cannot be left to hinge on the murderous Assad regime.”
Seif pointed out that a lasting, viable political solution cannot be reached as long as Bashar al-Assad survives in power. He noted that this issue prevents progress in negotiations and remains as an obstacle to the restoration of stability to the region.
For his part, Hadi al-Bahra said that the Syrian Coalition demands and seeks an end to the bloodshed as it encourages all proposals made for this end. He stressed that such proposals must not ignore the demands of the Syrian people and their aspirations towards restoring their human, political and constitutional rights. Such proposals must not reduce the cause of the Syrian people into issues related to the securing of livelihood. Partial solutions cannot last, achieve victory over terrorism, or restore stability, Bahra stressed. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition renewed calls on the UN Security Council and UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura to take all necessary measures to protect Syrian civilians, ensure that repeated crimes against Syrian civilians are stopped, and that the perpetrators are held accountable
In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Coalition said that warplanes of the Russian occupation forces on Wednesday committed a horrific massacre near the town of Alashara southeast of Deir Ezzor claiming the lives of at least 50 civilians, mostly women and children.
“Eyewitness reports confirmed that civilians were targeted while trying to cross the Euphrates River to escape the ongoing barbaric bombardment. Jets of the Russian occupation forces directly bombed civilians in broad daylight, causing a massacre and injuring dozens of civilians,” the Coalition said.
The Coalition condemned this brutal crime as it held the international community responsible for “the escalating killing, war crimes, and violations of international law and UN Security Council resolutions by warplanes of the Russian occupation forces, the Assad regime, and the Iranian-backed militias.”
“Civilians trapped in the area are subjected to daily brutal bombardment by the Russian occupation and Assad regime air forces. They are also being subjected to terrorist acts by the ISIS extremist group amid utter silence by the international community and almost complete media blackout by several parties on the crimes being committed against the civilian population,” the Coalition added.
The Coalition went on to say that “the targeting of displaced persons has become an almost a recurrent occurrence. This massacre comes only a few days after militias of the Assad regime opened fire on a convoy of civilians trapped in eastern rural Hama countryside, killing 80 civilians, including women and children, and injuring dozens more.”
“Tens of thousands of civilians are now trapped in rural Deir Ezzor while being subjected to intense aerial and land bombardment. They also suffer from lack of essential services, most notably a near total collapse of the health services amid an urgent need for food and medical aid.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Officials in the Syrian Coalition said that Russia and Iran completely dominate the Assad regime and its institutions, adding that Russian and Iran are partners in the war crimes being committed against the Syrian people.
The Coalition officials made these remarks during a teleconference with leaders in the town of Dumair the Qalamoun area on Wednesday.
"Haitham al-Maleh, head of the Coalition’s legal committee, said that they are documenting and collecting evidence about all crimes being committed by the Assad regime, Russia and Iran against the Syrian people." He added that the Coalition regularly addresses the United Nations and the UN Security Council to use these crimes in evidence at the ongoing investigations and to ensure that those responsible are held to account.
Member of the Coalition’s political committee Ahmed Ramadan said that Russia now completely dominates the institutions and ministries of the Assad regime’s government through the appointment of delegates to each ministry while Iran has total control over the Assad regime’s intelligence services.
Moscow is also seeking to interfere in the affairs of the Syrian opposition through the superimposition of Russian-dominated groups onto the opposition, Ramadan said. He pointed out that these groups are intended to debilitate the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) and ensure Assad’s survival and the rehabilitation of his regime.
Ahmed Ghazal, head of the political bureau in the local council in the town of Dumair, said that the Qalamoun area differs from the rest of the areas covered by the “de- escalation zones” agreement. He stressed that the Assad regime carries on with its policies of starvation and besiegement as it continues to prevent the introduction of food and medical supplies to the besieged areas. He noted that these policies are aimed at forcing rebel fighters to agree to so-called reconciliations agreements, which he considered as representing total surrender to the regime.
Ghazal reaffirmed total rejection of the conditions of the Assad regime or the entry of any of its forces into the rebel-held areas as he expressed rejection of the survival of the Assad regime in any a transitional period and the future of Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition condemned the attacks on civilians by US-backed militias of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as well as the Russian-backed regime forces and Iranian militias.
Deir Ezzor provincial council called on the United Nations, the Secretariat of the UN Human Rights Council, and the leadership of the International anti-ISIS Coalition to shoulder their legal and moral responsibilities to protect civilians as it stressed the need to take adequate precaution to protect and spare civilians.
Activists in rural Deir Ezzor said that 10 civilians were killed and dozens more injured, including children, as a result of airstrikes by the international coalition on the town of Buqras Fokani the early morning hours of Monday. Similar attacks targeted the town of Albu Leil, injuring dozens and destroying more than 20 houses.
Activists confirmed that airstrikes on ISIS-held towns and villages in rural Deir Ezzor have claimed the lives of at least 150 civilians over the past week. The international anti-ISIS coalition has launched a bombing campaign against the ISIS extremist group since mid-2014.
In a statement released on Sunday, the council said that the attacks on the province and indiscriminate bombardment of civilian areas have led to the displacement of more than 120,000 people in recent weeks, the majority of whom were elderly, children and women.
The council pointed out that the displaced people suffer dire humanitarian conditions in the areas controlled by the militias of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and are in urgent need for humanitarian assistance. It noted that many of the displaced persons are subject to “abuses, extortion and harassment at checkpoints that are manned by PYD militias, which restrict their ability to reach the safe areas.”
The council urged the United Nations to expedite the delivery of humanitarian aid to the people who fled the fighting in Deir Ezzor in accordance with UNSC resolution 2165. It also underscored the need to document the victims of the indiscriminate bombardment to ensure reparations for the victims. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)