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)
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)
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 earlier on Saturday, the Coalition said that the attack resulted in the death of a number of refugees and the detention of hundreds more.
“Refugees were humiliated and treated as hostages by the Lebanese army and the Hezbollah militias,” the Coalition said.
The Coalition held the Lebanese authorities responsible for the safety of Syrian refugees in Lebanon as it stressed the need for accountability and punishment of those responsible for crimes and violations against the Syrian refugees.
“Violations against Syrian refugees also included attempts to forcibly move the refugees to other areas or to force them to return to areas under the control of the Assad regime and its allied terrorist militias.”
The Coalition called on the Lebanese authorities to provide 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.
The Coalition emphasized that it will address the Arab League and the United Nations, as it has done many times before and will continue to do, regarding the grave situation facing Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Following the assault on Syrian refugee camps, personalities representing the refugees from Homs and Qaysir in Arsal held a meeting and agreed to demand that the United Nations provide international protection for the Syrian refugees in Lebanon through the establishment of safe areas near the Syrian-Lebanese border. They stressed that these areas must be off limits to the Assad regime.
The representative personalities added: “We live in Arsal under the flag of the Lebanese and respect the sovereignty of Lebanon. We have resorted to a sisterly country to seek a decent life away from war." (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)