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23 May 2017 In Coalition News

President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif said that the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) is developing projects to administer the liberated areas and provide services to the civilian population. He stressed the importance of the support offered by friendly and sisterly countries for these projects aimed at alleviating the suffering of the Syrian people and improving living conditions in the liberated areas.

During a meeting with the Norwegian Special Envoy for Syria, Knut Lein, on Tuesday, Seif said that the Coalition strives to carry out the duties assigned to it the day it was established, most importantly to administer the liberated areas and provide services to the population.

Seif presented an overview of the Coalition’s plans of action, pointing to the SIG’s important role in these plans. The SIG’s immediate priority is to support education and health sectors and to restore state institutions considering the systematic destruction of vital civilian facilities and infrastructure by the Assad regime, he added.

“We count on your support for the political process needed to put an end to Russia and Iran’s stalling of the political solution and their insistence on pursuing a military solution to the conflict,” Seif told his guest.

Member of the Coalition’s political committee Hadi Bahra said that the Assad regime has yet to prove itself a real partner in the Geneva talks and instead is insisting on pursuing a military solution in Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

23 May 2017 In Coalition News

The Assad regime continues with its mass forced displacement operations in the Damascus outskirts backed by Iranian sectarian militias.

Activists said that thousands of civilians on Tuesday were forced to leave the neighborhoods of Barzah, Qaboun and Tishren in northeastern Damascus and the Waer district in ​​Homs heading towards Idlib province in one of the largest demographic change campaigns in modern history.

Residents of these areas confirmed that the Assad regime forced the evacuation of these areas which have been subjected to years-long siege contrary to the regime’s claims that the locals willfully chose to leave.

At a teleconference with members of the Coalition’s presidential and political bodies, activists and FSA commanders said that regime forces and the Iranian-backed militias committed systematic crimes against residents of these areas to force them out of their homes.

Activists added that the evacuations were supervised by Russian officers, criticizing the silence of the United Nations on these operations which are condemned under international law and international humanitarian law.

President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Saif earlier told ambassadors of friendly countries that the continued mass displacement operations constitute war crimes, calling for holding accountable those responsible for these operations. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

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