Dara’a province witnessed shocking incidents in September with an upsurge in assassinations against civilians and militants alike. A total of 38 assassination attempts killed 21 people and injured 14 others.
According to the Victims Documentation Office in Dara’a, the victims included 12 former members of the armed opposition, nine of whom joined the regime forces after the later took control of the area in July 2018.
The Office pointed out that it documented at least 22 arrests and kidnappings as well as many cases of torture and summary executions in the province last month.
Vice-president of the Syrian National Coalition, Oqab Yahya, pointed out that Iran is behind these assassinations through complicity of the Assad regime’s thugs who have a proven track record of hunting down and liquidation of opponents,. He added that Iran still insists on establishing a foothold in southern Syria.
Yahya stressed that the latest incidents in Dara’a exposed Russia’s inability to rein in Iran in Syria and also its failure to commit to international treaties and resolutions.
Yahya called on the international community to intervene to put an end to violations in Dara’a province, launch an international investigation into these crimes, and transfer Syria to the International Criminal Court to hold accountable perpetrators of war crimes. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition’s Secretary-General, Abdelbaset Abdullatif, held a meeting with the management and staff of the Coalition’s offices. He discussed with them the results of the meetings the Coalition members have recently held with military and civilian institutions as well as activists, civilians and IDPs in rural Aleppo.
Abdullatif called for strengthening communication with the actors in the liberated areas and listening to their needs and the challenges facing them. He also called for working on meeting these needs through the Coalition’s executive arms, namely the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) and the Assistance Coordination Unit.
Abdullatif stressed that the priority for the time being should be to support SIG’s efforts to administer the liberated areas; improve the services; and support the civil activities of unions and associations and benefit from their expertise.
Moreover, Abdullatif pointed to the need to focus on the issue of education and unify the efforts in this regard; communicate with the UNESCO to launch unified programs for the school dropouts; and secure recognition of degrees issued by SIG’s Ministry of Education so as to allow the dropouts to complete their education and qualify them to join the labor market.
Abdullatif stressed the importance of developing the administrative work, noting that this will have a positive impact on all aspects of work in the institutions of the Syrian revolution and the liberated areas. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Member of the Syrian National Coalition and former head of the Syrian Interim Government, Jawad Abu Hatab, stressed the importance of stepping up support for preliminary and university education in the liberated areas, pointing to severe shortages in qualified teaching staff in all educational institutions in the liberated areas.
Abu Hatab said that there is a stressing need for qualified teachers in the educational institutions, pointing out that some of the subjects in the Faculty of Medicine at the Free University of Aleppo are being remotely taught by professors who are based in several countries, including the United States.
Abu Hatab added that the first batch of students will soon graduate from the Faculty of Medicine. He pointed out that there are about 30 students in the sixth year and 60 students in the fifth, adding that the faculty currently has about 700 students. The faculty on Tuesday conducted standardized admission tests for 442 students.
“The future of Syria depends on the success of our work in universities and our management of education,” Abu Hatab said, pointing out that SIG’s institutions in the liberated areas are in dire need for university graduates. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)