The Syrian Coalition condemned the decision by United States President Donald Trump to recognize occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the US Embassy to the occupied city.
In a press release issued on Thursday, the Coalition asserted that “Jerusalem is a Palestinian Arab land. Under international law, neither the Israeli occupation, as an occupying force, nor any foreign authority have the right to claim sovereignty over the city.”
“President Trump’s decision violates UN resolutions, including the UN General Assembly and UN Security Council resolutions. It also risks undermining the credibility of all previous and future understandings to make peace in the region as well as jeopardize all chances of reaching a lasting settlement,” the Coalition said.
The Coalition called on the US administration to immediately reconsider its decision and respect the will and rights of the Palestinian people and the world community.
The Coalition underscored the need for responses at various levels, including the adoption of a new UN General Assembly resolution stressing its previous positions of the issue; calling for revoking measures taken by the Israeli occupation concerning the status of Jerusalem; and condemning the transfer of diplomatic missions to the city.
Moreover, the Coalition called for a unified position by Arab and Islamic countries to confront the decision. It also called on Arab and Islamic countries to take all possible measures to stop the ongoing violations of the rights of the Palestinian people and press for the complete implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on Palestine.
“These measures are crucial to paving the way for comprehensive peace that restores rights to their original owners, most notably the Golan Heights, paving the way for a future of fruitful, constructive cooperation; and achieving security and stability in the region and beyond.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Ten 10 people have so far died from hepatitis A and B disease in the Houla area of northern rural Homs, said communications officer in the rebel-held area Abdulbari Abu Mustafa. He also said that there are 75 hepatitis patients in the Houla area and the nearby town of Zafarana.
Towns and villages in northern rural Homs have been subjected to tightened years-long siege by regime forces and their allied foreign militias who prevent the entry of UN aid convoys to the area.
In a videoconference between members of the Syrian opposition’s Negotiations Committee and leaders in northern rural Homs on Thursday, Abu Mustafa attributed the spread of the disease to the severe shortages of food and medical supplies as well as the use of contaminated water in the irrigation of land.
Member of the Negotiations Committee Yasser Abdel Rahim said that the Committee’s delegation to Geneva talks would discuss this issue with the UN team on Thursday. He noted that regime continues to commit war crimes that are punishable by international law.
Abdel Rahim stressed that the Committee's delegation will continue with the participation in Geneva negotiations. He added that they would insist on reaching a political solution by demanding the implementation of international resolutions, most notably the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolutions 2118 and 2254. He pointed out that achieving political transition is the only feasible way to put an end to the suffering of the Syrian people.
Member of the Committee’s advisory board Riyad Al-Hassan gave a detailed overview of the developments of the political process in Geneva. He called upon the international community to ramp up pressure the Assad regime to implement humanitarian provisions of UN Security Council resolution 2254. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)