President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif reiterated calls for allowing residents of Raqqa to administer their city after it has been liberated from the ISIS extremist group. He also reiterated rejection of other terrorist groups staying in the city once it is freed from ISIS.
Seif made these remarks during a teleconference with civil bodies of Raqqa province on Monday. Vice President Abdul Basset Hamo, head of the Coalition’s legal committee Haitham Maleh, and member of the political committee Salah Hamawi participated in the teleconference.
Representatives of the province of Raqqa gave an overview of the tragic situation of civilians as a result of the ongoing military operations in the province. They referred to inhumane treatment by militates of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against the civilian population.
Hamo mentioned sustained efforts by the Coalition, the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) and the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) to provide relief aid to the people who have been displaced from their homes in Raqqa province.
Maleh called on representatives of the civil bodies to document all violations against the people of Raqqa, whether by the SDF militias or the international anti-ISIS coalition.
According to reports by the Syrian Network for Human Rights, nearly 1,953 people have so far been killed in airstrikes by the international coalition, including 1,008 in 2017 alone. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Mu'taz Bellah Ahmed Ali won a bronze medal in the Marmaray international Karate Tournament for the children category after he came third in the individual kata.
The Syrian Olympic Committee, which was formed by the Syrian Coalition in 2016, supervised the participation of Ali. A total of 1,650 athletes from across the world competed in the tournament, which was held in the Turkish city of Sakarya.
Head of the Committee Ahmed Ali said that the work of the committee is developing. He referred to efforts being made to Syrian teams comprising all age groups to participate in international tournaments.
Ali pointed out that the Committee is working to incorporate hundreds of talented Syrian athletes in the liberated areas and in the diaspora. He pointed to "advanced consultations to prepare those with talents for the future."
The Coalition formed the Syrian Olympic Committee with the purpose of regularizing all Syrian sports and sports bodies inside and outside Syria under this committee to represent Syria in Arab and international sports tournaments.
Mu'taz Bellah won three medals in previous various international competitions. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)