Nasr al-Hariri, head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, called for stopping all attacks by the Assad regime and its allies against Syrian civilians, whether they were being launched with the use of chemical or conventional weapons.
"All attacks against Syrian civilians by the Assad regime and its allies must be stopped, whether these are launched with the use of chemical or conventional weapons," Hariri said in comments on a Twitter on Saturday. "The number of Syrian civilians who were killed by barrel bombs, cluster munitions, rockets and other weapons is many times the number of those who were killed in chemical weapons attacks.
"The Assad regime may not use sarin again, but it will not hesitate to use the weapons that the international community has allowed it to use, such as barrel bombs, cluster munitions, rockets, and toxic chlorine in small quantities," Hariri said.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) earlier said that the Assad regime used chemical weapons 189 times after the issuance of UN Security resolution 2118 which was adopted following the sarin attack on the eastern Ghouta in 2013.
The Network stressed that the Assad regime did not comply with international resolutions and targeted medical facilities, public markets, residential areas and civil defense centers, killing tens of thousands of civilians.
US President Donald Trump on Saturday said that “Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path, or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace” in reference to Russia’s continued support for the Assad regime. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa called on Russia to press Bashar al-Assad to step down to allow the initiation of a genuine political process leading to full political transition in line with the Geneva Communiqué of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254.
"We have always called on Moscow to be a neutral party and help ease the violence and transition the country to safety by seriously engaging in the political process aimed at the formation of a Transitional Governing Body (TGB) with full executive powers as was stipulated in international resolutions," Mustafa said on Saturday.
"Russia has chosen to side with the Assad regime and encouraged him to kill more Syrians and commit various war crimes as well as shielded it against the consequences of the repeated use of chemical weapons," Mustafa said. He stressed that “Moscow must change course and cooperate with members of the UN Security Council to put an end to the tragedy unfolding in Syria by forcing Assad to step aside and in engage in the political process."
Regarding the missile strikes that targeted the Assad regime’s military positions at dawn on Saturday, Mustafa underscored that the Assad regime is not killing Syrian civilians with chemical weapons only, but also with conventional weapons. He noted that attacks with conventional weapons have killed hundreds of thousands of civilians.
Mustafa urged the United States, Great Britain and France to expand the military operation to include all the military positions of the Assad regime which have been used to bomb the Syrian civilians and kill their children and women over the past seven years.
The expansion of the missile strikes will force the Assad regime to seriously engage in the political process and to comply with the international resolutions forming the basis of political solution, Mustafa said. He also stressed the importance of holding Assad accountable for war crimes against civilians, especially after his involvement in the use of chemical weapons was confirmed. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition has paid tribute for Syrian women in recognition for their important role and the enormous sacrifices they have made since the start of the Syrian revolution.
At an honoring ceremony the Coalition opened in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Friday, 12 Syrian women were honored for the outstanding contributions they have made to the revolution over the past seven years.
Vice-President of the Syrian Coalition Salwa Aksoy delivered the opening speech in which she said that the Syrian women have provided the finest examples for resilience against the autocratic regime and have shown unshakable determination to reclaim their civil and basic human rights.
“The immense sacrifices Syrian women are making and the tremendous courage they are showing deserve to go down in history as an example of giving and self-sacrifice,” Aksoy said. “Syrian women deserve to have a special day, in which they remind themselves, their families, the society and the world of the reasons for their participation in the peaceful demonstrations and the hardships they have gone through.”
Aksoy stressed that the Syrian revolution will not stop until the demands of the Syrian people for freedom and dignity as well as the overthrow of the Assad regime are fulfilled. "The Syrian women were present side by side with Syrian men in the demands for their basic rights and dignity as well as for liberating Syria from the tyrannical terrorist regime." (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)