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18 April 2017 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition said that Russia, as a guarantor of the ceasefire agreement, must abide by the terms of the agreement and to stop providing a cover-up of the crimes of the Assad regime and its allied foreign militias.

Member of the Coalition’s political committee Yasser Farhan said that Moscow is still covering the crimes of the regime and has not yet delivered on its commitments as a guarantor of the ceasefire agreement. Farhan called for the revival of the agreement and for putting an end to the truce violations by regime forces and the Iranian-backed militias.

Moscow should not obstruct efforts aimed at holding the Assad regime accountable for the chemical weapons attack against civilians in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, Farhan stressed. Restarting the political process aimed at finding a political solution can only be achieved through the establishment of a comprehensive cease-fire, he added.

Farhan also called for the release of all detainees in Syria in accordance with international resolutions, especially UN Security Council resolution 2254. He noted that all detainees the Assad regime has so far released have been freed through prisoner swap deals with the armed opposition, adding that the regime uses this tactic in violation of all international resolutions.

Farhan concluded his remarks by underscoring that Russia, which proclaimed itself as guarantor of the agreement, bears criminal, civil, and legal responsibilities for all violations of the ceasefire. He warned that Russia’s insistence on its current stance risks losing credibility as guarantor of the agreement in the eyes of the Syrian people. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

18 April 2017 In Coalition News

Truce violations by Russian forces have outnumbered those of Assad's forces over the past two days, according to figures compiled daily by the Syrian Coalition’s media department. Despite proclaiming itself a guarantor of the agreement, Russia has intensified its bombing raids on rebel-held areas in the provinces of Aleppo, Hama, and Idlib over the past two days using internationally prohibited weapons.

The Coalition’s media department said it has recorded no fewer than 50 truce violations by the Russian air force which has carried out dozens of airstrikes on around 40 rebel-held towns villages in the past two days. Regime forces, meanwhile, committed no fewer than 40 truce violations on Sunday and Monday.

Assad regime and Russian forces have violated the truce on over 840 occasions since April 1, the media department said. Regime forces and their allied foreign militias were responsible for 586 truce violations, while Russian forces were responsible for 254.

Activists in rural Hama said that Russian jets on Monday carried out dozens of airstrikes on the towns Kafrzeita, Lataminah, Morek, Taybet Alimam, Kafranabouda, Halfaya, Souran, Buwaidah, and Zwar area. Internationally banned weapons, namely cluster bombs and the white phosphorus, were used in the intensifying airstrikes.

Dozens of Russian airstrikes also hit the towns of Khan Sheikhoun, Jisr Alshughour Halloz, Habeet, Tal Mardikh, Babsaka, Tamana’a, Sarja, Ruwayha, Benien, Muntar, and Tal Thahab in rural Idlib on Monday.

Activists in rural Aleppo, meanwhile, said that the Russian jets raided the towns of Daret Izza, Kubtan Aljabal, Ainjara, Qassimiya, and Sheikh Aqil in western rural Aleppo as well as the town of Yaqid Aladass in northern rural Aleppo. The airstrikes left dozens of civilian casualties. Airstrikes intentionally targeted a hospital in the village of Shinan, putting the facility out of service and injuring members of the medical staff. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

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