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30 April 2019 In Press Releases

Press Release
Syrian Coalition - Syria
Department of Media and Communications
April 30, 2019


The Assad regime forces, backed by the Russian air force and Iranian militias, intensified the bombing campaign in northwestern rural Hama on Monday, targeting dozens of cities and towns including al-Latamina, al-Habeet, Kafarzeita, Kifranbouda, and Qalat al-Madiq.

Local activists and the civil defense teams said that more than 375 shells and rockets as well as 30 air strikes pummeled the area, targeting residential neighborhoods and the roads connecting towns and villages in the region.

The intensified bombing campaign, which caused dozens of civilian casualties in al-Latamina and Qalat al-Madiq, is clearly aimed at the mass forced displacement of the local population The bombings forced the entire population of Kifranbouda to flee, in addition to thousands of residents of Qalat al-Madiq and other towns who flocked to relatively safer areas in Syria’s north.

It is imperative that the international community intervene urgently to prevent this situation from escalating further and to exert pressure to put an end to this criminal campaign targeting civilians and seeking to empty the area of ​​its people.

This bombing campaign is the continuation of relentless attacks on Idlib and Hama provinces in violation of the Idlib agreement and the Geneva Convention amid total inaction by the international community and its failure to assume its responsibilities to maintain of the safety and security of civilians.

The Coalition stresses the need for the major players to take urgent action to save the lives of civilians in Idlib and Hama, especially women and children; to put an end to the bombing campaign and the mass forced displacement; and prevent further civilian casualties.

30 April 2019 In Local News

The intensifying airstrikes by the Russian air force knocked out two hospitals in the town of Latamina in northern rural Hama in the past 24 hours, local activists said.

Russian jets hit the Surgical Hospital with high-explosive bombs on Sunday evening, resulting in significant damage to the hospital's building and medical equipment, without reports of casualties.

Russian airstrikes on Saturday knocked out the 111 Specialist Hospital in the town, depriving thousands of civilians of health care.

Russian jets on Sunday bombed civilian homes in the town of Qal'at al-Madiq in northwestern rural Hama, killing seven civilians and injuring many others. The victims included a young man and his mother. The Russian airstrikes have intensified in recent weeks and did not stop even during the 12th round of the Astana talks held on 25-26 April.

The Assad regime and Russian forces have been carrying out rocket and artillery shelling on the provinces of Idlib and Hama although the area is covered by the Russian-Turkish agreement calling for a halt to bombardment in the area. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

30 April 2019 In Local News

The Emergency Response Coordinators Team said that about 295,000 people had been displaced by the ongoing bombing campaign by the Assad regime and Russian forces in the areas covered by the Idlib Agreement.

In a statement on Monday, the aid group expressed concern about the high number of the displaced people from the region in general and the demilitarized zone in particular, slamming the international silence about the violations against civilians.

Since the Idlib Agreement was reached on September 17, 2018, the Assad regime and is allies launched three military campaigns in the region, the group said. The first campaign begun in October 2018, during which 37,245 people were displaced. The second bombing campaign begun in December 2018, during which 41,367 people were displaced.

According to the Team, the third campaign begun in February 2019, during which 34,726 families (216,348 people) were displaced. The Team noted that it continues to count the number of displaced persons from the area who sought refuge in more than 35 sub-districts in the Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch areas as well as near the border with Turkey.

According to the report, 418 civilians have been killed since the Idlib agreement was reached on September 17, 2018, 272 of whom were killed in Idlib province.

The report indicated that more than 312 civilians were killed during the third bombing campaign, including 107 children. Of those, Idlib 234 civilians, including 87 children, were killed in Idlib province. The victims also included 68 civilians, among them 16 children, who were killed in Hama province. It also said that eight civilians, including three children, were killed in in Aleppo province, while two people were killed in Latakia province.

The Team stressed that the repeated targeting of civilian infrastructure is a war crime the perpetrators of which must be held to account. It noted that Russia and the Assad regime are avidly seeking to empty the area of ​​the civilian population, which amounts to a war crime that the regime has been pursuing since early 2015. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

30 April 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian Negotiations Commission stressed that the Assad regime “is currently in its worst state” as it described the regime as “too embattled” in response to the remarks Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently made at the Beijing summit.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Commission noted that the features of the Assad regime’s defeat and its loss of control cannot be denied neither by Syrians at home or abroad or by observers and scholars who describe the dire situation the regime is currently in.

This Assad regime will be forced to sell and lease the majority of the assets of the Syrian economy, which will deprive the Syrian people of the resources for reconstruction and burden them with heavy debts and long-term external obligations, the Commission said. It added that the Assad regime is seeking to gain more time to stay in power and avoids engaging in a political solution.

“From an objective, logical point of view, the regime controls barely 60 percent of Syria’s territory while half of the population live outside its areas after the systematic, mass forced displacement. It would not have made any military progress on the ground without external support. As it survives on the external lifeline, it cannot fight a single military battle without the help of the Russian air force and the foreign sectarian militias. These facts were confirmed by as officials of those countries.”

The Commission also pointed out that it made it clear to the Russian side, the international community and the United Nations that they seek a just political solution based on international resolutions to achieve a real, comprehensive political transition towards a democratic system of rule that is based on the rule of law, freedom and equality. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

29 April 2019 In Coalition News

Head of the Syrian Coalition’s Department of Refugee Affairs, Amal Sheikho, said that Russia is still seeking the return of Syrian refugees outside the framework of the political solution and the implementation of UN resolutions, most importantly the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254.

Sheikho on Monday said that the Russian attempts continue at a time when the killings, detention and torture by the Assad regime and its allied militias continue unabated. She noted the Syrian refugees will face grave danger should they are forced to return in the current circumstances, citing a former Lebanese minister’s revelation about the Assad regime’s execution of returnees from Lebanon.

The recent remarks by Lieutenant General Mikhail Mezentsev of Russia regarding the extension of the grace period before the mandatory military service for the returning Syrian refugees confirmed that Russia insists on ignoring the Syrian people’s demands for comprehensive change, Sheikho said. She went to say that Russia is seeking to reduce the Syrian issue to the issues of the return of refugees and reconstruction while ignoring the real demands of the Syrian people for real change.

Sheikho noted that such remarks represent gross interference in the internal affairs of Syria as such an issue should be solely decided by the Syrian people seeking to build a democratic state that is based on freedom, dignity, justice, and equality.

Sheikho concluded her remarks by stressing that the safe return of Syrian refugees in line with the UN standards can only be ensured through a just political solution that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people for change and for living a free and dignified life away from tyranny and repression. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

29 April 2019 In Local News

Russian jets on Sunday bombed civilian homes in the town of Qal'at al-Madiq in northwestern rural Hama, killing seven civilians and injuring many others. The victims included a young man and his mother. The Russian airstrikes have intensified in recent weeks and did not stop even during the 12th round of the Astana talks held on 25-26 April.

According to local activists, Russian jets carried out several airstrikes on residential areas in the town.

The Free Directorate of Health in Hama on Sunday said that Russian airstrikes also knocked out the 111 Specialist Hospital in the town.

Local activists said that a 16-year-old girl was killed and another civilian was lightly injured in mortar shelling by regime forces on the town of Al-Hawiz in Al-Ghab Plain in rural Hama.

Russian airstrikes on Friday and Saturday killed ten civilians, including a woman, in the village of Al-Amqaya in northwestern rural Hama.

The Assad regime and Russian forces have been repeatedly carrying out rocket and artillery shelling on the provinces of Idlib and Hama although the area is covered by the Russian-Turkish agreement calling for a halt to bombardment in the area. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

29 April 2019 In Local News

Local news networks reported that the Iranian militias have seized hundreds of civilian homes and government offices in the province of Deir Ezzor in the past few days.

According to Deir Ezzor 24 news network, the majority of the homes are located in the major towns in Deir Ezzor countryside, especially in al-Mayadeen and Albu Kamal.

The network indicated that militants of the Hezbollah Militia and the Republican Guard commandeered dozens of civilian homes in the River Street in central of Deir Ezzor as well as in the Ardi neighborhood and Port Said Street.

The Iranian militias also commandeered dozens of homes in the Al-Sina’a neighborhood and the Corniche Street as well as the offices of the Cement Foundation and Rural Development in the Taybeh neighborhood. They also took control of civilian homes in the vicinity of Al-Nour Mosque, including the home of Doctor Mohammed Al-Shuaibi.

Militants of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps and the Iraqi Al-Nujaba'a Militia seized dozens of civilian homes in the Tueiba neighborhood and in the vicinity of the Security Complex. They also seized homes in the Katef neighborhood and the Jamiyat neighborhood, the majority of which is now commandeered by those militias.

The Syrian Coalition earlier warned of Iran’s growing influence in Syria as it called on the international community to put an end to the Iranian militias’ crimes against Syrian civilians.

Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission Nasr al-Hariri warned of the malicious role Iran is playing in Syria and its occupation of the country. He said that Iran is seeking to obstruct the political solution and is fighting the Syrian people on behalf of the Assad regime, stressing that there are about 100,000 Iranian fighters or linked to Iran in the country.

At a press conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh last week, Hariri said that "Iran’s role is persistently growing at the expense of our people. Therefore, we support any international move that may curb Iran's influence in the region in general, and in our country in particular." (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

28 April 2019 In Local News

President of the Lebanese Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, described Bashar al-Assad as “the biggest liar in the world,” in a recent interview with the Russian TV Russia Today. Jumblatt also said that the Shebaa farms do not belong to Lebanon, pointing to the existence of communications between Israeli PM Netanyahu and Bashar al-Assad through Russian mediation.

Jumblatt said that “a Russian diplomat told me that Assad sent a letter to Netanyahu in 2012, in which he said: If Syria is partitioned, the Alawite State will not pose a threat to Israel.” According to the Russian diplomat, the Israeli reply was: “We want the remains of Cohen,” the Israeli spy.

The Lebanese leader also said that the Assad regime has historical grudge against the Lebanese politicians who opposed its rule. He said this is why the Assad regime's allies defend Bashar al-Assad and emphasize that Shebaa Farms belong to Lebanon.

“Shebaa Farms do not belong to Lebanon. After the liberation of South Lebanon in 2000, Syrian officers together with Lebanese officers changed maps of the south. We now nominally occupy the Shebaa Farms and Wadi al-Asal.” Jumblatt added.

“That was the first geographical change on paper so that Syrian and non-Syrians can continue to claim that the Shebaa Farms are Lebanese and must be liberated by any means.”

Jumblatt went on to say that Palestine is an occupied Arab land. "One day we should give the minimum rights for those people in any two-state solution. This is my historical position and that of Kamal Jumblatt.”

In 2014, Jumblatt stressed that “a solution can never be reached in Syria with Assad in power.” He repeatedly said that “the Assad regime and ISIS are two sides of the same coin,” pointing to the existence of evidence of links and understandings between the two sides. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

28 April 2019 In Local News

The Inab Biladi local newspaper said that shop owners in the town of Saraqib in rural Idlib were forced to close their shops for fear of the relentless shelling by the Assad regime forces targeting vital civilian centers and residential areas in the region.

The newspaper added that the shelling is originating from the regime-held towns of Sinjar, Abu Adduhour, and Abu Dali, noting that the fear of shelling brought life in the town of Sarqib to a standstill and forced the townsmen to skip the Friday congregational prayers.

The Assad regime has intensified rocket and artillery shelling in Idlib province since early February in violation of the Idlib agreement calling for a ceasefire.

The Syrian Coalition stressed that the relentless bombings were aimed at undermining all chances of reaching a real political solution in accordance with international resolutions, most notably the Geneva Communique and UN resolution 2254. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

28 April 2019 In Local News

At least 10 civilians were killed and dozens more injured in the intensifying Russian airstrikes in the provinces of Hama and Idlib on Friday. The intensified bombings coincided with the 12th round of the Astana talks.

Local activists said that the Russian airstrikes also coincided with artillery and rocket shelling by the Assad forces in the same areas.

The victims included five people from one family who were killed in Russian airstrikes that hit the village of Tal Hawash in northern rural Hama. Airstrikes also killed three other civilians in rural Idlib and two more in the village of Amiqa in rural Hama.

Three other civilians were killed in Russian airstrikes that hit the towns of Al-Mozara, Qasabiya, Ma’artmatir, Hazzarin, Al-Reinbah Tramala, Harish Abidin, Al-Faqie, and Kafranbil in southern and eastern rural Idlib.

Regime forces continue to shell the liberated areas with rockets and heavy artillery, hitting an IDP camp in the Harish Binin area as well as the towns of Ma'arat al-Nu'man, Jarjanaz, al-Frejah, al-Khawain, Tahtaya, Al-Tamana’a, Hirsh Kfarroma, Badama and Najiya without reports of casualties. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

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