The Syrian Negotiations Commission criticized the visit by the UN envoy Geir Pedersen to the city of Homs, stressing that this primary task is “bringing the negotiating parties together and forcing Assad to sit at the negotiating table in Geneva.”
Pedersen visited the city of Homs during his second official visit to Syria since he undertook his role as the UN envoy in January. The UN envoy met with the mayor of Homs and the UN team in the region, as well as a shelter for displaced Syrian men, women and children.
“Mr. Pedersen should focus on his main task, namely to reconcile the parties to the negotiations and force Assad to sit at the negotiating table in Geneva to find a solution instead of boasting about visiting the ruins of a city that was destroyed by Assad and his supporters by brutal bombardment in which they used various types of weapons, including chemical weapons,” the Syrian Negotiations Commission said in comments on Twitter on Wednesday.
Member of the Commission Ibrahim al-Jibbawi said that the UN envoy’s visit to Homs and his meeting with its mayor represented a provocation to the feelings of the Syrians who were forced out of their homes by the sectarian regime to camps lacking the necessities of life after it reduced the city into rubble.”
“Does Mr. Pederson know that the Assad regime is blocking the UN humanitarian aid to these people and send to its mercenaries and the militias that are killing the Syrian people," al-Jibbawi said.
“Did Mr. Pedersen visit a IDP camp in northern Syria or a refugee camp in neighboring countries?" al-Jibbawi asked. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition condemned the bombardment being carried out by the Assad regime in rural Hama and Idlib on a daily basis. It called on the international community to maintain the Idlib agreement and uphold the ceasefire currently in place.
Local media outlets reported that the shelling killed two children and a woman as well as injured many others in the Ghab plain in western rural Hama in the early morning hours of Wednesday.
A civilian was killed and two others were injured in rocket and artillery shelling by the Assad regime forces that targeted 13 towns and villages in rural Hama on Tuesday. The Syrian Coalition called for the launch of a serious investigation into these violations and for holding all those responsible to account.
Local activists said that the Assad regime forces targeted many towns and villages in rural Hama with rockets and heavy artillery, including Kafarzeita, Lataminah, Kafranbouda, Qalet Al-Madiq, Jisr Beit Al-Ras, Ankawi, al-Hawija, al-Hawash, al-Sharia, al-Twainah and Tal Othman. Many injuries were reported.
Many civilians were also injured in rocket and artillery shelling by the Assad regime forces in the towns and Khan Sheikhoun, Al-Teeh, Jarjanaz, Baboulin and Tamana’a in southern rural Idlib.
Dozens of towns and villages in the provinces of Idlib and Hama have been subjected to relentless rocket and artillery shelling by the Assad regime resulting in many civilian casualties although the area is covered by the Idlib Agreement calling for a halt to shelling in the area.
During its European tour, the Syrian Coalition delegation raised the consequences of the Assad regime’s ongoing military escalation against civilians in Idlib. It stressed the importance of providing protection to civilians in the liberated areas to avoid a new humanitarian crisis and a new wave of refugees to neighboring countries. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)