An official of the Syrian Coalition welcomed Great Britain’s decision to classify the Hezbollah militias with all its political and military wings as terrorist organizations. The militia has been involved in terrorist practices in the region, especially in war crimes against civilians in Syria.
Secretary of the Coalition’s political committee Riad al-Hassan said that the British government's announcement with regards to the Hezbollah militias was “an important step.” He called on the European Union to "follow suit” as the intervention of the Hezbollah militia in Syria has further destabilized the region and caused huge waves of refugees.
The Hezbollah militia has had a prominent role in propping up the Assad regime and supporting its elements in the killing of hundreds of thousands of civilians and the displacement of people from their cities and villages since the start of their intervention in the town of Qusayr in rural Homs in 2013. He pointed out that the intervention was ordered by Hezbollah’s political wing which holds seats in the Lebanese government and the Lebanese parliament. He said that Hezbollah practices terrorism through these government institutions.
Moreover, Hassan stressed the importance of taking more serious steps against these Iranian-backed militias. He pointed out that this will benefit the whole region as well as the UN-led political process in accordance with international resolutions, most notably the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council Resolution 2254.
Hassan also said that Hezbollah militias have sought to block any agreement to consolidate the cease-fire over the past several years, noting that the Iranian-backed militias continue to commit crimes in all Syrian provinces and carry out terrorist actions against the civilian population. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian Coalition, Abdurrahman Mustafa, said that the Assad regime is avidly seeking to undermine all chances of reaching a political solution as regime forces continue to violate the Idlib agreement.
Ten civilians were killed and others were injured in rocket and artillery shelling by the Assad regime and its Russian ally on several areas in northern rural Hama and southern rural Idlib on Monday.
In an interview with SY24, President Mustafa said that “our efforts are currently focused on turning the agreement into an opportunity to push the political process towards a comprehensive political solution. The Assad regime and its backers, meanwhile, are trying to hinder the solution.”
President Mustafa added that the Assad forces are trying to keep the situation "volatile, chaotic and unstable” as he stressed that these violations are aimed at keeping tensions high.
The Assad regime and its backers insist on pursuing a bloody military solution and rejects the existence of any semblance of civilian life as such tactics provide it with the means of survival, President Mustafa added.
President Mustafa warned of further civilian casualties if the Idlib agreement collapses. “We are interested in preserving the Idlib agreement and ensuring it does not collapse as we prioritize the safety of civilians. Although the violations continue, the collapse of the agreement will mean a heavy loss of life.”
Local activists said that the Assad regime shelling targeted 36 towns and villages in the provinces of Idlib and Hama on Monday.
The Assad regime continues to violate the Idlib agreement by repeatedly targeting large parts of rural Hama and rural Idlib with rocket and artillery shells in clear violation of the Idlib agreement to which commitment was renewed in the latest meeting in Sochi. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)