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31 December 2018 In Coalition News

Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition, Dima Moussa, said that the restoration of ties with the Assad regime will only serve the Assad regime and its allies, especially Iran. She pointed out that the declining Arab support for the rights and legitimate demands of the Syrian people as well as the latest policies of some Arab countries have enabled Iran to further extend its influence in the region. These countries want to restore ties with the Assad regime under the pretext of confronting Iran’s growing influence, she added.

"We were counting on continued moral, humanitarian Arab support for our people, especially in view of the continuation and even aggravation of the very reasons that prompted the Arab League to suspend the membership of the Assad regime and withdraw ambassadors from Damascus back in 2011," Moussa said.

Moussa also said that the mass killings, torture, detention and all kinds of violations continue unabated as there has not been the slightest change in the behavior of the Assad regime.

“Human rights groups are now talking about renewed oppression and crackdown by Assad’s security forces in the areas that saw the reaching of forced reconciliation agreements with the regime,” Moussa said. She cited recent reports about the Assad regime’s acceleration of executions of detainees in its prisons.

“We are deeply disappointed because our counting on our Arab brothers stemmed from our common language, culture, religion and history. We hoped that they would have a different stance. Now we see some of them rushing to restore diplomatic relations with the Assad regime under the pretext of supporting the Syrian people, half of whom were displaced by the regime which also killed well over a million Syrians. Everyone knows that those who have been displaced from their homes will not be able to return to Syria should the Assad regime survive in power.”

Moreover, Moussa stressed that “the restoration of ties with the Assad regime will only serve Assad and his allies, especially Iran.” She warned that such move “will not only fail to curb Iran’s influence in the region, but will also serve as a lifeline for the Assad regime and enable it to carry on with its current behavior with the very Iranian support those Arab countries claim they want to confront. This move also risks bestowing legitimacy on the Assad regime’s survival in power despite the Syrian people’s rejection of such attempts.”

“The latest developments came as a result of the declining support for the revolution and which has enabled the Assad regime and the Iranian terrorist militias to gain more ground in Syria.”

"We have reached a stage where Russia and Iran are guarantors of negotiations after the international community and the Arab countries in particular have turned their back on the Syrian people. Such policies have also contributed to the deadlock in the political process in Geneva, let alone further emboldening the Assad regime and its allies to refuse to engage in political negotiations.”

Moussa underscored that the Syrian opposition will continue to defend the Syrian people’s demands for freedom and dignity, pointing out that the solution in Syria is only political one and in accordance with the international resolutions on Syria, most notably the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

29 December 2018 In Coalition News

Vice-President of the Syrian Coalition, Badr Jamous, said that the Syrian people, who were killed, maimed and displaced by the Assad regime forces, has reached a point of no return. He stressed the need for a political solution in Syria in accordance with international resolutions on Syria, most notably the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254.

Jamous said that some Arab countries’ normalization of ties with the Assad regime is a “grave mistake.” He noted that these countries are not yet aware of the depth of the relationship between the Assad and Iranian regimes or the extent of correlation of their projects. He said that these regimes complement each other.

Jamous noted that attempts to sideline the will of the Syrian people and to rehabilitate the criminals and the prevention of justice will make reaching a sustainable peace in the country a distant dream. He warned that such attempts risk generating new waves of violence and paving the way for the reemergence of ISIS.

Moreover, Jamous stressed that the Syrian people are stronger than ever and will insist on their legitimate demands for freedom and dignity. “We are working to achieve the wishes and goals of our people. We will therefore spare no effort to follow up on the UN-led political process in accordance with international resolutions.”

Jamous called on all forces of the Syrian revolution and the Syrian opposition to remain committed to the demands of the Syrian revolution as well as the establishment of a democratic system of rule that is based on pluralism, justice and equality. He underscored that the Syrian people will not accept to live under tyranny and slavery once again, nor will they accept any kind of oppression and favoritism.

Jamous also stressed that the war crimes being committed by the Assad regime and its allies will not be forgotten. He called on the United Nations to pursue international investigations of war crimes in Syria and hold those responsible to account. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

28 December 2018 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition’s political committee on Thursday held an emergency meeting with the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) and the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) to discuss the dire humanitarian conditions in the IDPs camps in northern Syria. The province has been hit with torrential rain that caused flooding over the past few days.

Participants in the meeting discussed the emergency response program which was developed by SIG and ACU to address the worsening humanitarian situation in northern Syria. They also discussed the most urgent needs of the IDPs and ways to meet them through the United Nations relief agencies and other international organizations.

The Emergency Response Coordinators in Northern Syria said that the flash flooding has left no fewer than 6,500 households without shelter. They added that the heavy rain has so far swept at least 220 tents and flooded more than 550 others.

The Coordinators pointed out that the affected households moved to live in IDPs camps that have so far not been affected by the heavy rain, putting considerable pressure on the already overcrowded camps. Other households are now living in mosques in the region, they added.

The Syrian Civil Defense on Thursday announced it was mobilizing its volunteers across the liberated areas in northern Syria to respond to the worsening humanitarian situation in the IDPs camps. The Coordinators called on humanitarian and relief organizations operating in northern Syria to send rescue and aid volunteers to IDPs camps extending from Bab al-Hawa to Ma'aret al-Nu'man which have been affected by the flooding.

The Syrian Coalition issued an urgent appeal to the United Nations and international relief organizations to relieve thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in camps in northern Syrian, especially as many of them are children and sick.

Idlib province and northern rural Aleppo are the only destination for the internally displaced people and those who were forcibly displaced by the Assad regime. According to Emergency Response Coordinators in Northern Syrian, the region contains nearly 1,039 camps, including 133 unofficial ones.

Meanwhile, local activists launched a campaign on social media to urge solidarity with residents of the IDPs camps and help them convey their voice to the world, using hashtags such as ‘we are with residents of the IDPs camps’ and ‘we are all responsible.’ (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

27 December 2018 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition issued an urgent appeal to the United Nations and international relief organizations to relieve thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in camps in northern Syrian which have been hit by torrential rain in the past two days.

Local activists said that the heavy rain flooded IDPs camps across rural Aleppo and Idlib. They noted that the flash flooding forced the majority of residents of the camps, who were displaced by the Assad regime’s attacks from various parts of Syria, out of their flooded tents.

The situation in the region is rapidly worsening due to continued heavy rain, the activists said, adding that hundreds of households are now stranded in the open and waiting for assistance from civil defense teams and humanitarian relief organizations.

Idlib province and northern rural Aleppo are the only destination for the internally displaced people and those who were forcibly displaced by the Assad regime. According to Emergency Response Coordinators in Northern Syrian, the region contains nearly 1,039 camps, including 133 unofficial ones.

The Coordinators called on humanitarian and relief organizations operating in northern Syria to send rescue and aid volunteers to IDPs camps extending from Bab al-Hawa to Ma'aret al-Nu'man which have been affected by the flooding. They noted that hundreds of tents were flooded while the heavy rain restricted the people’s ability to reach surrounding areas.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Civil Defense announced it was mobilizing its volunteers across the liberated areas in northern Syria in response to "humanitarian appeals from our people in the IDPs camps and to address the tragic situation resulting from the heavy rain and flash flooding.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

26 December 2018 In Coalition News

Member of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee, Abdul Majid Barakat, said that the Assad regime’s targeting of the civil defense centers comes in the context of the its clinging to the same criminal mindset represented in the targeting of any entity whose services may pose a threat to its authority.

Barakat said that the Assad regime is hostile to all institutions that have proven their effectiveness on the ground in the liberated areas over the past several years despite the harsh circumstances. He noted that the Assad regime is avidly seeking to destroy any entity or institution that has a direct impact on the Syrian population.

The Assad regime is not only launching war against the Civil Defense, but also seeking with its Russian ally to force the rescue group, which has exposed the Assad regime’s crimes against civilians over the past years, out of northern Syria, Barakat said.

Barakat stressed that the Assad regime is afraid of the Civil Defense not only because it is a successful institution, but also because of the international, humanitarian and humanitarian character of the organization. Throughout its rule, the Assad regime has been used to having institutions that are under its direct authority.

Moreover, Barakat called on the international community to shoulder its moral and humanitarian responsibilities in Syria and to deal seriously with the Assad regime so as not to persist in its criminal acts. He also called for protecting Syrian civilians from the oppression of the regime forces and their allies.

The Civil Defense in the province of Hama on Tuesday said that the Assad regime forces shelled one of their centers in the town of Mourek in northern rural Hama with heavy artillery, which led to the complete destruction of the facility.

The Assad regime checkpoints also targeted the center with 15 rockets, putting an ambulance out of service. The heavy shelling also injured two civilians who were rushed to nearby medical centers for treatment.

Earlier this month, the Syrian Civil Defense said that it recorded no fewer than 100,000 sorties by the Assad regime and its allies’ air forces over the liberated areas since August 2016.

Shelling by the Assad regime forces on the region have not stopped despite the agreement signed between Russia and Turkey on September 17, which provides for a cease-fire and the establishment of a demilitarized zone separating regime-areas from those under the control of the Free Syrian Army. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

26 December 2018 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition said that thousands of Syrians continue to be taken to the gallows of Assad as part of the war crimes and crimes against humanity taking place in the notorious regime-run Sednaya Prison. The Assad regime has significantly accelerated executions of detainees in the prisons in recent months.

In a press release issued on Tuesday, the Coalition warned that absent a deterrent action, the Assad regime will continue with these crimes and executions aimed at instilling fear and terror in the hearts of Syrian civilians as well as killing their present and future. It stressed that putting an end to these crimes requires collective action and firm positions by the international community.

“The warnings we have repeatedly issued over the past months have been confirmed by a report published by The Washington Post on Monday. It revealed that Assad’s military judges are accelerating the pace they issue death sentences in the prison,” the Coalition said.

“Thousands of Syrian families have been living in constant concern and fear for the fate of their loved ones for the past several years. They are still awaiting desperately for a positive international position or active intervention that will do them justice.”

“Indeed, the Assad regime and its allies have relentlessly pursued diabolical policies aimed at undermining all chances of reaching a political solution and turning the clock back through the shedding of more blood, destruction, and crimes.”

The Coalition underscored that ending the crimes of genocide against detainees is a priority that cannot be postponed.” It continued: “It is also a collective responsibility of all states and organizations advocating human rights and freedom. This requires them to exert real pressure to put an end to the mass executions of detainees and protect Syrians from arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearance.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

25 December 2018 In Coalition News

The head of the National Commission on the Affairs of Detainees and Missing Persons and member of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee, Yasser Al-Farhan said that the Washington Post’s talk about the Assad regime’s acceleration of executions of detainees in its prisons confirmed the warnings issued to the international community of the Assad regime’s continued brutal crackdown on opponents of its policies.

Al-Farhan said that the Assad regime does not hesitate to commit crimes under all circumstances as he warned that the regime will double down its crackdown on its opponents should it regain full military control on the country.

The Assad regime will not hesitate to commit the most heinous crimes against the Syrian people as it has already killed more than 964 people under torture in its prisons since the beginning of 2018 alone, according to preliminary figures by human rights organizations, Al-Farhan added.

The Washington Post on Monday published a report indicating that the Assad regime is doubling down on executions of political prisoners. It said that cells that were teeming with detainees have become empty because of the unyielding executions following the regime’s recapture of some Syrian provinces.

Even before they reach the gallows, many prisoners die of malnutrition, medical neglect or physical abuse, often after a psychological breakdown, the Washington Post quoted a former detainee as saying.

The Washington Post said that the Assad regime did not respond to its requests to comment on the matter. The Assad regime has never admitted the execution of detainees, nor did it issue figures of the number of executions. There are no independent sources for the numbers of executions.

Satellite imagery of the Sednaya prison grounds taken in March shows an accumulation of dozens of dark objects that experts said were consistent with human bodies.

Other satellite imagery of military land near Damascus, previously identified by Amnesty International as a location of mass graves, appears to show an increase in the number of burial pits and headstones in at least one cemetery there since the start of the year, the Washington Post added. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

24 December 2018 In Coalition News

Member of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee Mohammed Yahya Maktabi said that the visit by head of the Assad regime’s national security Ali Mamlouk to Egypt falls within the framework of attempts to rehabilitate the Assad regime. He stressed that such attempts are doomed to fail as the regime has long lost its moral and political legitimacy in front of the whole world.

The visit to Egypt by Mamlouk came as part of serious attempts by the sides that are wishing to normalize relations and rehabilitate the head of the regime as well as to end the international isolation imposed on the regime, especially as the visit followed recent visit by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to Syria.

The Assad regime is seeking to send a message to the Arab countries and to the international community that it is still alive and can be dealt with, Maktabi said.

Recent attempts to rehabilitate the Assad regime prompted Arab and international responses, especially the visit by President Omar al-Bashir to Damascus and his meeting with Bashar al-Assad last week. The European Union warned of the move, noting that the time is not appropriate for normalization with the Assad regime or allowing its return to international organizations and bodies.

In November 2018, the French judiciary issued arrest warrants for three senior officials of the Assad regime, including Ali Mamlouk, who presides over the majority of the Assad regime's security agencies.

Amnesty international described the French judiciary’s issuance of arrest warrants for three senior Assad regime security and intelligence officials as "an important step towards delivering justice for the countless victims of gross human rights violations carried out by the Syrian government.” It called on the international community to follow France’s lead by taking steps to end impunity in Syria and hold all perpetrators of these crimes to account.”

In 2012, Mamlouk was appointed head of the National Security Office, which oversees all the Assad regime’s security services. A senior figure in the Assad regime’s inner circle, Mamlouk’s names is on the list of European sanctions imposed on the Assad regime's pillars. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

21 December 2018 In Coalition News

With the participation of a delegation from the Syrian Coalition headed by President Abdurrahman Mustafa, the General Conference of the Supreme Council of the Syrian Tribes convened in the village of Sajjo near the town of Azaz in northern rural Aleppo on Friday. The conference brought together around 1,000 people representing 150 Syrian tribes.

The conference was held under the title ‘Hand and in Hand to Liberate Syria from the Assad Regime and Terrorist Organizations and to Achieve Civil Peace and the Unity of Syrian Territory and its People." Convened with sponsorship from the Syrian Coalition, the conference aims to establish the Syrian Tribal Council consisting of a presidential body, an executive council, and a council of dignitaries.

In a speech to the conference, President Mustafa stressed that the sons and daughters of the Syrian tribes "are a major component of the Syrian revolution,” commending “the important and positive role” Syrians tribes have played through the history of Syria and in “preserving the social fabric.”

"We commend this move as it will hopefully contribute to the constant work and efforts aimed at increased coordination and unity in the future,” President Mustafa said. He asserted the role of the Syrian tribes “in preserving Syria’s territorial integrity and the unity of its people.”

Moreover, President Mustafa pointed out that the victory over the ISIS extremist group was not possible without the major role of the Syrian tribesmen. He said: “You have contributed with the rest of the Syrian people in the detection and confrontation of the organizations and militias that sought to achieve their objectives at the expense of the Syrian people. These organizations have worked under orders and guidance from the Assad regime, threatening the unity of Syria.”

He continued: "We will not accept any proposal that does not lead to meeting the Syrian people’s demands for freedom, justice and dignity. The unity of Syrian land and its people is the cornerstone that will satisfy the Syrian people. We will continue to work until we build a new free democratic country that respects the rights, freedom and dignity of all citizens.”

He concluded his speech by stressing the role of the Syrian revolution and its institutions to continue the struggle to free the Syrian people from tyranny and restore freedom and dignity. President Mustafa thanked Turkey for its role in combating terrorism and liberating the region from terrorist groups as well as supporting the Syrians who have been forcibly displaced to flee the barrel bombs of the Assad regime and its allies.

In the final statement, the tribal leaders reaffirmed commitment to the principles of the Syrian revolution and its goals of freedom and dignity. They also reaffirmed commitment to toppling the Assad regime with all its symbols; to bring its officials to justice, and insist on the withdrawal of all terrorist forces and foreign sectarian militias and forces that are hostile to the Syrian people from all Syrian territory.

The statement also underscored the need for the Syrian tribes to restore their historical and legal status they deserve given the Assad regime’s attempts to sideline and weaken them and alienate them away from the political arena and public affairs. It also stressed their cultural role in the history of our nation.

Representatives of the Syrian tribes previously held a series of extensive meetings during which they formed a preparatory committee comprising all members of the tribes and agreed to hold this conference in the liberated areas of Syria. . (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

18 December 2018 In Coalition News

President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa received a telephone call from Mr. Joel Rayburn, Near Eastern Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary and Special Envoy for Syria in the US State Department.

Both sides discussed the latest field and political developments in Syria.

President Mustafa stressed the integrity of Syrian territory, saying that “for us, Syria means all Syrian provinces without exception." He expressed the hope for increased coordination between the US administration and the Syrian Coalition.

President Mustafa also underscored the need to continue the fight against all kinds of terrorism throughout all the Syrian territory. He pointed out that the Free Syrian Army was the first force to confront the Assad regime, the ISIS extremist group, and all other terrorist organizations. Since the day it was formed, the FSA has avidly sought to protect civilians as well, President Mustafa added.

Moreover, President Mustafa stressed the importance of US-Turkish coordination in Syria, saying that stepping up such coordination is “a priority for us” as it is in the interest of the Syrian revolution and will help meet its demands for freedom and dignity through an inclusive, enduring political solution that brings the totalitarian regime to an end and lays the foundation for a new, democratic, pluralistic Syria.

For his part, Rayburn asserted that the United States and Turkey are actively coordinating on all issues affecting Turkish security and the situation in northeastern Syria, and he pointed out that the US "understands the security concerns of Turkey and the Syrian opposition." He stressed that the US administration does not wish for Syria to be a safe haven for terrorism.

The US diplomat said that the United States believes Syrian local councils and local security forces must be representative of local populations. He added that his country also understands the Syrian Coalition's concerns about possible changes in the demographic landscape in Syria, and said that such attempts to forcibly displace Syrian communities are "unacceptable."

Furthermore, the two sides exchanged views on the latest developments in the issue of the Constitutional Committee as they underscored that the Committee must meet the UN standards and be “credible, inclusive and balanced." They also expressed the hope that this Committee will pave the way for a political process that fulfills the aspirations of the Syrian people.

The two sides also stressed the need for constant communication, especially at this “delicate, sensitive stage and in which there is no room for misunderstanding or misinterpretation." Rayburn invited President Mustafa to visit Washington in order to strengthen relations between the two sides. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

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