Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition Nazir Hakim said that the campaign launched recently against the Syrian refugees on social media sites in Turkey is the result of an alignment between some hardline forces in Turkey which are opposed to the presence of Syrian refugees. He noted that these hardliners are seeking to exploit irresponsible behavior of a minority of Syrian refugees.
In a statement, Hakim said that hardline Turkish forces are seeking to exploit irresponsible behavior of a minority of Syrian refugees to advance their political agendas. These forces are “trying to incite the Turkish public against a people that has been subjected to the worst crimes committed by the criminal of our modern times, Bashar Assad and his allies,” he added.
The actions of some Turkish hardliners that do not correspond with the values, customs and principles of the brotherly Turkish people risk negatively affecting the fate of the Syrian refugees in Turkey, Hakim added.
Hakim stressed that the Syrian refugees in Turkey “must respect Turkish law and the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Turkish law as well as stay away from any irresponsible behavior.”
Hakim urged every Syrian family living outside Syria, especially in Turkey, to make sure the behavior of their offspring tallies with the rules and laws of host countries. He stressed that "the enemies of the Syrian people must not be allowed to exploit these individual acts that serve the Assad regime only as they risk muddy the relationship between the Syrian refugees and their host countries.”
Hakim pointed out that the Syrian Coalition will continue to coordinate with the Turkish government to prevent any rift between the two brotherly nations. He added that any and all offenders should be held to account and penalties stipulated by Turkish law applied. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition said that the international community continues to fail to force the Assad regime to abide by the agreements reached and guaranteed by active players in Syria, most notably Russia.
In a press release issued on Tuesday, the Coalition reiterated condemnation of the continued failure to force the Assad regime and its allies to abide by these agreements. It also condemned the violations and crimes being committed by the Russian occupation forces and their continued bombing and the provision of air support for regime forces in violation of international agreements and resolutions.
The Assad regime aircraft bombed villages near the Haqqaf area in eastern rural Suwaidaa’ on Sunday, July 2, killing 16 people and injuring dozens more, including women. Meanwhile, intense bombing using barrel bombs and Russian airstrikes targeted the nearby Tal Asfar area.
Barrel bombs also hit Dara’a city and its countryside on Monday, especially the town of Naema. Regime forces also shelled Dara’a city and the village of Ayeb in the Lajat area with rockets.
The Coalition condemned these crimes and terrorist attacks, stressing that they constitute a blatant violation of the ceasefire agreement, the “de-escalation zones” agreement, and the UN Security Council resolutions 2268 and 2254.
The Coalition called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities towards these crimes and the repeated use of barrel bombs, incendiary napalm and other internationally prohibited weapons. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)