Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition Salwa Aksoi said that the Coalition and the Syrian Negotiations Commission are making strenuous efforts at the regional and international level to put an end to the daily massacres against civilians in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta.
Aksoi said that the Coalition sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to warn of the dire consequences of the ongoing onslaught on eastern Ghouta by the Assad regime and its allies.
These continued massacres are clearly aimed at sabotaging and burying the political process, the letter said. The Coalition called on the United Nations to enforce UN Security Council resolutions, most importantly resolutions 2254 and 2139, and to take urgent action to stop the bombings and ensure the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
The Coalition’s political committee on Tuesday held an emergency teleconference with leaders in eastern Ghouta to consult on the recent developments and coordinate efforts at the international level.
Leaders in eastern Ghouta pointed out that the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate, adding that airstrikes by the Assad regime and Russia are deliberately targeting medical facilities and food warehouses with the aim of putting increasing pressure on civilians.
For its part, a delegation of the Syrian Negotiations Commission visited the European Union headquarters in the Belgian capital Brussels and met with the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. Head of the Commission Nasr al-Hariri said that “we have spared no effort to avert the tragedy unfolding in eastern Ghouta,” adding that the Commission communicated with the Russians, the United States, and the European Union to put an end to the onslaught on eastern Ghouta.
Hariri pointed out that the sieges Assad regime imposes on eastern Ghouta and other areas across Syria are aimed at breaking the will of the Syrian people by putting the civilian population in front of two choices: kneel or starve!
Towns and villages of eastern Ghouta have been coming under large-scale onslaught by regime forces and their allies claiming the lives of hundreds of civilians and wounding hundreds more in the last three days. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)