The Syrian Coalition condemned the crimes being committed by the ISIS extremist group against Syrian civilians in rural Hama. It emphasized that the Assad regime and its allied Iranian militias are fully responsible for such crimes as well as for exposing the country to foreign occupation, terrorism, and destruction.
In a press release issued on Monday, the Coalition said that two days after ISIS committed a massacre against civilians in the village of Aqarib Alsafi in eastern rural Hama, militants of the extremist group carried out another massacre claiming the lives of many civilians when they shelled the nearby town of Salamiya with rockets on Monday.
The continued shelling on Salamiya has reportedly caused many civilians to flee their homes and created chaos and panic among civilians. Intimidation and rumors are in addition being spread by regime forces stationed in the area. Hospitals in the town have issued an urgent public appeal for blood donations in the face of a serious shortage and a deteriorating situation.
The Coalition renewed its call for an international coalition of the civilized world to confront the murderous regime and its supporters and to fight terrorism in all its forms in Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian Coalition Riyad Seif welcomed the Riyadh declaration issued at the end of the Arab-Islamic-US summit in the Saudi capital. He stressed the need to combat extremist groups, chiefly among them are ISIS, Hezbollah, and Al-Qaeda.
Seif said that Iran is responsible for the emergence of terrorist organizations in the region as it supports the Assad regime criminal and sectarian militias in Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen.
Tehran’s actions in Syria led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians and the displacement of millions more, Seif said. He called on all countries around the world to stand up to Iran and isolate it as it continues to support terrorism.
Seif expressed hope that the outcome of the summit will be translated into action through standing up to the Iranian militias and forcing them to leave Syria and all countries of the region. “Dialogue and rapprochement, the approach adopted by former President Barack Obama, no longer works with Iran, he added, stressing Iran instead must be dealt with the utmost firmness.”
Seif described US President Donald Trump’s visit to the region “as historic as it rearranges the priorities of the region and restore stability."
The Free Syrian Army is a true partner of all forces wishing to fight terrorism, Seif said. He added that Syria’s mainstream rebels are fighting Al-Qaeda, ISIS, the Assad regime and the Iranian-backed sectarian militias. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)