President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif held a teleconference meeting with representatives of Syrian refugees in refugee camps in the Arsal area in Lebanon to discuss attacks by the Lebanese army on the camps in the area.
Saif stressed that the Coalition will discuss the issue with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and will work with the Lebanese side to find a lasting solution to the issue.
The meeting was attended by vice-presidents, the secretary-general, and members of the political committee.
Member of the Syrian educational committee in Lebanon, Khaled Raad, said that refugees are living in a state of terror in the wake of violent attacks on the camps by the Lebanese army which used heavy machine guns and hand grenades to storm the camps. Raad said that the attacks left many refugees killed. Over 400 others were detained.
Abdel Rahman Akkari, official in charge of following up on the affairs of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, said that the June 30 assault on Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon was not the first. He said that Syrian refugees in Arsal area “had already been subjected to a number of violations,” noting that the area where the refugee camps are built is under the control of the Hezbollah militias that seek to force all Syrian refugees out of the area.
The Syrian Coalition strongly condemned the attacks on Syrian refugees in camps in the Arsal area in Lebanon on Friday. In a press release issued on Saturday, the Coalition held the Lebanese authorities responsible for the safety of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. It also called for the provision of the necessary protection for Syrian refugees in accordance with international humanitarian law until such time as they can return to their homeland.
The Coalition also called on the Lebanese authorities to stop using terrorism as an excuse to attack and harm unarmed civilians and to stop humiliating refugees and detention operations carried out without any humanitarian or legal considerations. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) Jawad Abu Hatab held an extensive meeting in rural Idlib with SIG ministers, heads of local councils, representatives of trade unions, and 250 representatives of civil society.
During the meeting, which lasted about five hours, SIG ministers presented their plan of action for the next phase while a decision was made to open new SIG directorates in all of the Syrian provinces, including in the areas of public services, transport and finance.
Participants in the meeting discussed ways to improve the relationship and bridge the gap among state institutions, local councils, and civil society organizations. They also discussed good local administration and the empowerment of SIG institutions.
Abu Hatab said that the improvement of these relationships and the empowerment of SIG institutions will considerably improve the provision of services to the civilian population in the liberated areas. Abu Hatab urged everyone to work together to fill the vacuum in the liberated areas and enable SIG institutions to serve the civilian population. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)