The Syrian Coalition condemned the airstrikes launched by the international anti-ISIS coalition on the village of Aljeena in western rural Aleppo on Thursday. The airstrikes left at least 75 people killed and around 100 more wounded.
In a press release issued earlier on Saturday, the Syrian Coalition said the attack targeted people inside a mosque during prayers time. It stressed that perpetrators of the attack must be held accountable as available evidence suggested that the attack was not due to negligence, but was carried out with a view to killing the people gathered inside. The Coalition called for an immediate Investigation into this reprehensible crime.
“The incident has again showed the shortcomings in the strategy of the international anti-ISIS coalition in Syria. It has also given a serious cause for concern about the role of the United States in Syria which risks following in the footsteps of Russia in propping up the Assad regime and avoiding the targeting of the real source of terrorism,” the Coalition said.
“The world must be fully aware that counter-terrorism strategies ignoring the Assad regime and its allied foreign militias will only serve to further fuel terrorism and provide terror groups with a much-needed recruiting tool.”
The Coalition underscored that “unless a decisive action is taken to address the root cause of terrorism, namely the Assad regime, terrorism will continue to spread in the region and beyond.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
A march organized by the Syrian community in the German capital Berlin is due to take place today to the mark the sixth anniversary of the Syrian revolution.
Head of the Syrian Coalition’s foreign mission in Germany Bassam Abdullah said that preparations for the march have been finished, indicating that invitations have been sent to a number of German officials to participate in the march.
Abdullah said that this is an occasion for Syrians to renew commitment to achieving the goals of the revolution and regaining their rights to freedom and dignity.
Abdullah received Andreas Krüger, head of the Middle East Division at the German Federal Foreign Office, in the headquarters of the Coalition foreign mission in Berlin on Tuesday. The meeting was also attended by Adrian Pullman and Sebastian Neubauer of the Syria team in the German Federal Foreign Office.
Abdullah welcomed the press statement issued by the German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel to mark six years after the first peaceful demonstration against the Assad regime. Sigmar said in the statement that Germany will continue to support the United Nations efforts to ensure accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria.
Krüger reiterated Germany's support for the Syrian opposition and the Syrian people’s demands for freedom and democracy. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Harrowing details have emerged of the massacre carried out by the Russian forces in the city of Idlib on Wednesday. Russian jets at dawn on Wednesday bombed a four-story building in the neighborhood of Qusour in Idlib city, causing it to collapse over the heads of the people inside while they were sleeping. The victims included seven children from one family; sons and daughters of Doctor Mahmoud Sayeh.
The Syrian Coalition said that the Assad regime and its allies “are clearly exploiting the cease-fire in order to achieve goals they have failed to achieve by other means.”
In a press release issued earlier on Saturday, the Coalition said that the massacre claimed the lives of at least 25 civilians and was committed in a blatant violation of international law.
The Coalition stressed that “the continued inaction of the international community and the failure of the UN Security Council to assume its responsibilities are encouraging such heinous crimes. The failure to put an end to such atrocious crimes risk causing further chaos in the region and beyond.”
“The international community is obliged more than ever to take immediate action to stop the carnage against the Syrian people, step up efforts to reach a solution to end the bloodshed, put an end to such crimes, and ensure accountability for these crimes,” the Coalition added. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)