President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif participated in the conference called by the Supreme Council of Syrian Tribes on Monday.
The conference was held under the title: “Syrian tribes are a guarantor of the integrity of the Syrian national fabric, stability and the return of the displaced and refugees." In a speech he delivered during the meeting, Seif said that the Syrian tribes are an integral component of the Syrian society.
Seif highlighted the important role of Syrian tribes in confronting terrorist organizations and the sectarian militias supporting the Assad regime. He said that Syrian tribes have made enormous sacrifices defending the Syrian revolution and its goals, most importantly the departure of Bashar al-Assad and the symbols and pillars of his regime and the establishment of a civil, democratic state that is free from corruption, oppression, and terror.
Seif pointed out that from the moment it seized power, the Assad regime has sought to excluded Syria’s tribal leaders by preventing them from playing a constructive role among the Syrian people with the aim of subverting society and undermining its social and moral structure.
Seif also talked about the crimes being committed by the militia of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) against Syrian tribes after they seized control of parts of Syria, stressing that these crimes amount to crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity.
Moreover, Seif stressed that Iran is seeking to bring about a demographic change in the region through the displacement of the Syrian people and changing their beliefs. He added that Tehran wants to take Syria hostage as it did in Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon under the slogan of resisting the Israeli entity. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Deputy Head of the Syrian opposition’s Negotiations Committee Hanadi Abu Arab held videoconferences with representatives of local and civil bodies in Hama and Idlib provinces as well as with women from rural Idlib.
Abu Arab stressed that the Committee’s delegation stood ready for direct negotiations with the Assad regime on Monday, adding that political transition would be discussed in those negotiations.
Abu Arab called upon the United Nations and its team to clearly and openly name the party that impedes negotiations and the implementation of international resolutions on Syria, most notably UN Security Council resolution 2254.
Abu Arab pointed out that Syrian women are well represented in the Committee and are doing an excellent job, adding that the role of women in the Syrian society needs to be activated.
"I am happy with the work being done by Syrian women in the liberated areas, especially in the town of Kafranbel in rural Idlib," Abu Arab added. "It is an achievement that must be highlighted at the local and international level." (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Member of the Syrian opposition Negotiations Committee’s delegation to Geneva talks Hadi al-Bahra said that the goal of the negotiations is to implement the Geneva Communiqué of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254. He warned that the UN’s failure to deliver the other party to direct negotiations would derail the course of the political process.
In a teleconference with representatives of the Syrian community in the United States, Bahra pointed out that the performance of the Negotiations Committee’s delegation reflected reasonable harmony between components of the Committee and impressed some observers. All members of the Committee’s delegation emphasized the need to bring about political transition and radical change in Syria.
Member of the delegation, Yusuf Salman, said: "The negotiating delegation is working as a homogeneous team. We have no differences as all opinions are focused on the implementation of the Geneva Communiqué of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254 as well as the relevant international resolutions.”
Salman said that direct negotiations are the most feasible way to discuss all issues, stressing that the Negotiations Committee will spare no effort to push the political process forward.
"We are keen on putting an end to the bloodshed and we will work tirelessly to put an end to the ongoing tragedy in Syria," Salman added. He maintained that the best way to achieve this is to reach a political solution.
Member of the delegation, Firas al-Khalidi, said that some were betting on the failure of the delegation or that it will waive the fundamental principles of the Syrian revolution. "We have sent a crystal clear message that we represent the will of all spectra of the Syrian people and defend their principles and aspirations.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian opposition’s Negotiations Committee called on the United Nations and international organizations to intervene urgently to relieve Syrian refugees in refugee camps in and around the town of Arsal in eastern Lebanon who are suffering dire conditions with the onset of winter.
Members of the Committee held a teleconference with representative of the Syrian Coalition in Lebanon Abdul Rahman Akkari, director of one of the camps in Arsal, and Head of the delegation of the Committee on Coordination with the Lebanese government Khaled Raad. The teleconference discussed the situation in the Syrian refugees camps in and around the border town.
Akkari and Raad gave a detailed overview of the situation of Syrian refugees in Arsal and Lebanon in general as well as of the urgent needs that need to be met. He pointed out that the refugees are living in difficult conditions due to the severe weather conditions and lack of means of heating.
Fires broke out in a refugee camp in Arsal on Friday after a gas cylinder exploded, killing 10 people, including eight children, and injuring dozens more.
Member of the Negotiations Committee Abdul Rahman Mustafa said that the sole and comprehensive solution to end the suffering of the Syrian people is to bring about a political transition in Syria through the implementation of international resolutions on Syria.
Member of the Committee’s delegation to Geneva Tariq Kurdi expressed hope that the United Nations agencies will urgently relieve refugees in Arsal, pointing out that the delegation will discuss the situation of Syrian refugees in Arsal with the United Nations team in Geneva in order to secure more support for them. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian opposition’s Negotiations Committee said it rejects and condemns the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli occupation and to move the US embassy to the city.
In a press release issued on Thursday, the Committee said that the move violates UN Security Council resolutions 242 (1967), 478 (1980) and 2334 (2016) which reject the granting of any legitimacy of the Israeli occupation over Jerusalem as occupied territory.
The Committee described the move as representing a blatant violation of the Arab and Palestinian rights to Jerusalem and clear bias in favor of the Israeli occupation at the expense of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people as well as their right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.
The Committee called for a firm Arab and international stance to counter the unilateral American decision and seek to ensure it is cancelled. It warned that such decision risks causing further chaos and violence in the region.
The Committee reaffirmed commitment to international resolutions and working towards the establishment of a just and comprehensive peace in Palestine and the region. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition accused Russia of committing war crimes against Syrian civilians since the beginning of its military intervention, the latest of which was the massacre the Russian air force committed in the town of al-Jaradi in eastern Deir Ezzor claiming the lives of 23 civilians.
In a press release issued on Thursday, the Coalition held Russia directly and fully responsible for the war crimes its forces have been committing against civilians across Syrian and for supporting genocide and the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons and other banned weapons.
“Syria continues to witness more killings of civilians by the Russian occupation forces. The Syrian people now view the international community as an accomplice as it remains silent about these crimes,” the Coalition said.
According to local activists, Russian jets on Tuesday (December 5) bombed the town of Al-Jaradi, killing 23 people, mostly from one family and wounding dozens more. The victims included many women and children.
The airstrikes targeted a residential neighborhood, commercial shops near the town's mosque, and a bus carrying displaced persons fleeing the brutal indiscriminate airstrikes that do not differentiate between civilians and combatants.
The Coalition stressed that “this massacre, along with the litany of other massacres, constitutes blatant violation of international conventions on the protection of civilians and their safety in wartime. Under international law, these crimes must be investigated and their perpetrators must be held accountable as they are classified as deliberate targeting of civilians.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
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)
The Syrian Coalition renewed calls on the international community to take serious, urgent action to put an end to the Assad regime’s crimes and siege of eastern Ghouta; hold those responsible to account; and salvage the political process in line with UN resolutions and the Geneva Communique of 2012.
In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Coalition said: “The situation in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta in general and in the town of Irbeen in particular is further deteriorating with each passing day. The international community, meanwhile, is completely absent as it has so far failed to assume its responsibilities.”
Local activists said that two children were killed and others wounded in artillery shelling by the Assad regime forces targeting residential areas in the town of Irbeen in eastern Ghouta on Wednesday morning. They pointed out that the bombardment, which has been ongoing for over 20 days, has killed dozens of civilians and caused widespread destruction to civilian houses and services centers.
The Coalition warned the international community of “the consequences of its negative position and its complete failure to take action to put an end to the atrocities being committed by the Assad regime against the Syrian people backed by the Russian air force and the foreign militias.”
“Over the past three weeks, eastern Ghouta has been a hell of fire and destruction as cluster bombs and chemical weapons, especially chlorine gas, have been rained on civilians in the area.”
The Coalition went on to say that at least 47 people have been killed in the town of Irbeen alone in the past three weeks, mostly women and children. A total of 200 civilians have been killed and hundreds more injured in eastern Ghouta over the same period.
The towns and villages of eastern Ghouta have been subjected to intensified airstrikes and shelling by heavy artillery, which have killed hundreds of civilians and caused massive destruction to residential neighborhoods and infrastructure. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian opposition’s Negotiations Committee stressed the need to fully implement UN Security Council resolution 2254 which called for immediate halt to bombardment, the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need, and the formation of a transitional governing body with full executive powers.
The Committee issued a press release on Wednesday to draw attention to the Assad regime’s relentless bombardment and tightened siege on the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta.
The brutal bombardment that has been targeting the towns and villages of eastern Ghouta over the last three weeks, using toxic gases, especially the poisonous chlorine, cluster bombs and conventional ammunition has led to the death of 180 civilians including women and children and inured dozens more,” the Committee said.
The Committee underscored that the Assad regime’s ferocious onslaught on eastern Ghouta has once again shown that the Assad regime is unwilling to engage in negotiations; is not interested in any political solution; and seeks to undermine all chances of reaching a political solution.
The Committee pointed out that about 400,000 civilians in eastern Ghouta have been subjected to tightened siege by regime forces and the Iranian-backed militias since late 2012.
The Committee slammed the international community’s failure to take action to save the lives of civilians trapped in eastern Ghouta and ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid in line with the UN Security Council resolutions. It noted that the people in eastern Ghouta are subjected to relentless bombardment and tightened siege and are at risk of death in bombardment and of starvation.
The barbaric behavior of the Assad regime is a reflection of the inaction of the international community which stands idly by watching the killing, siege and displacement for nearly seven years, the Committee added.
“We want to draw the attention of the international community to the dangers of attempts by the Assad regime to sabotage the political process and undermine its chances. We also warn of the consequences of the Assad regime’s exploitation of the dubious silence of the international community which has not lifted a finger towards the dozens of crimes the Assad regime has committed in recent weeks and the massacres committed against the Syrians for the past seven years.
“The international community is facing a crucial turning point and should move seriously to deter the regime from committing its crimes and holding the perpetrators accountable along with saving the political process in line with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and the relevant UN resolutions. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)