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31 May 2019 In Political News

The head of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday called for making every effort to protect Syrian children and the infrastructure they depend on, including hospitals and schools, as the Assad regime and Russian forces have intensified the bombing campaign in northwestern Syria for over a month.

Tens of thousands of children in northwest Syria are at imminent risk of injury, death and displacement because of a significant escalation in fighting, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said in a statement.

This latest escalation follows months of rising violence in the area which has reportedly left at least 134 children dead and more than 125,000 displaced since the beginning of the year, Fore said.

She said that nearly 30 hospitals have come under attack and the spike in violence has forced some of UNICEF's health care partners to suspend their lifesaving operations.

Approximately 43,000 children are now out of school and final exams in parts of Idlib have been postponed, affecting the education of 400,000 students, according to UNICEF.

“But these are quick fixes that can go only so far in mitigating the humanitarian fallout from such brutal and gratuitous violence," she said

The Syrian Coalition earlier said that “the international community and the United Nations have a mandate to find an appropriate mechanism to stop these deadly attacks after the traditional mechanisms failed to prevent the killings and stop the ongoing war crimes against the Syrian civilians.”

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) on Wednesday called for establishing alliances to support and protect the Syrian people and resort to Chapter VII of the UN Charter to apply principle of the responsibility to protect which was approved by the UN General Assembly.

The Emergency Response Coordinators Team in northwestern Syria on Monday said that at least 568 civilians, including 162 children, have been killed in the bombing campaign the Assad regime and Russia have launched in northwestern Syria since April 26. It noted that nearly half a million people have been displaced. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

31 May 2019 In Local News

Local activists in rural Idlib said that intense bombings by the Assad regime and Russian forces are causing massive destruction to residential buildings, forcing residents to flee and turning many towns and villages into "disaster areas."

The local council in the town of Maaret Hurma in southern rural Idlib on Thursday said that the bombings have destroyed about 80 percent of the civilian homes in the village.

Speaking to Smart news network, the head the local council in the town, Zia Haj Ahmed, said that the bombings have destroyed civilian homes, shops, schools and public facilities.

Haji Ahmed said that the Russian and Assad regime airstrikes destroyed the only clinic in the town, adding that out of a population of 30,000 people, about 22,000 have fled as a result of the bombings.

The local council in the town of Hazzarin said that the bombardment has destroyed more than 25 percent of the town, pointing out that 13 percent of the civilian homes were completely destroyed.

Head of the local council in the town, Nader al-Bassam, said that the Assad regime and Russian bombardment destroyed at least 25 shops in the town and caused damage to the only operating medical center, mosques, three schools, and the office of the local council.

Al-Bassam noted that the bombings have forced around 80 percent of the population to flee, adding that the town was home to around 10,000 people, 3,000 of whom were displaced from other towns and villages.

The local councils in the two towns have declared the two towns disaster areas as a result of intensive bombardment by the Assad regime and Russian forces.

Since April 26, the Assad regime and Russian forces have intensified the bombings in the ‘de-escalation’ zones in northwestern Syria, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians and displacing tens of thousands. The bombings are also causing widespread destruction to infrastructure and vital civilian centers although the region is covered by the de-escalation zone agreement. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

31 May 2019 In Coalition News

President of the Syrian Coalition, Abdulrahman Mustafa, said that the ongoing killings and destruction in the ‘de-escalation zone’ area in northwestern Syria is the direct result of the international community’s inaction and lukewarm, ineffective positions.

In a speech on the situation in Idlib and rural Hama, President Mustafa said that the international community has a duty to take concrete decisions to stop the killings, destruction, and displacement once and for all. He underscored that even the international resolutions are not enough as they need to be adopted and enforced.

President Mustafa addressed the active UN member states: “You are the ones who need to assume the responsibility for enforcing the UN resolutions; ensuring respect for the International Law; and holding the perpetrators to account.

To persist with this reluctance and to act out of the calculation of the gains and losses is not the ideal way to stand up to the criminals.”

Moreover, President Mustafa called for establishing alternative mechanisms to bring this ongoing tragedy to an end.

“We ask you to overcome the obstacles in order to deter the regime and ratchet up the pressure on Russia to stop its aggression and its support for Assad.”

“The responsibilities are clear, and the perpetrators are already known,” President Mustafa added.

“They are the Assad regime, Iranian militias, and Russian aggressors who have aided and abetted the regime’s crimes against the Syrian people since day one.

Russia has sabotaged all international efforts and blocked the work of the UN Security Council.

It continues to violate all laws and conventions; shows utter disregard for the work of the UN commissions; and challenges the results of the UN investigations.”

President Mustafa went on: “Since the beginning of the direct Russian aggression on Syria, Russia has become a partner in these crimes. It has bombed towns and villages while seeking to disrupt the political solution and support a solution based on killing and displacement.”

“Russian bombs, the regime’s barrel bombs, the white phosphorus, the chemical weapons, the heavy artillery shelling of towns and villages as well as everything that is forbidden under the International Law is now being used against the Syrian civilians in the ‘de-escalation zones.”

President Mustafa added: “Since the beginning of the regime's war against the Syrian people, medical centers and hospital have been constant targets for the regime's killing and destruction machine, making them among the most dangerous places.”

He concluded his speech by expressing support the Free Syrian Army and the Turkish army’s efforts which have been able to deal heavy blows to terrorism. He said that Turkey is still working hard to stop the bloodshed; support the political solution; save the lives of civilians; and prevent their displacement from their homes.

“I appeal to all the honorable people of the Arab world and the whole world to stand by what is right, by the victims of the aggression, evil and injustice against our people, and support us by all possible means.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

31 May 2019 In Press Releases

Since the ‘de-escalation zone’ agreement took effect, the Assad regime and its allies have been breaching the agreement and violating the International Law by deliberately targeting residential areas and hospitals.

Enemies of the Syrian people have further stepped up their crimes even in the holy month of Ramadan.

They carried out at least 30 deadly attacks claiming the lives of no fewer than 250 innocent people.

The photos we are receiving are gruesome. The size of the pain which they cause is unimaginable.

The Civil Defense teams are working in extremely difficult conditions as they are being directly, deliberately and repeatedly targeted.

Since the beginning of the regime's war against the Syrian people, medical centers and hospital have been constant targets for the regime's killing and destruction machine, making them among the most dangerous places.

Russian bombs, the regime’s barrel bombs, the white phosphorus, the chemical weapons, the heavy artillery shelling of towns and villages as well as everything that is forbidden under the International Law is now being used against the Syrian people.

The responsibilities are clear, and the perpetrators are already known.

They are the Assad regime, Iranian militias, and Russian aggressors who have aided and abetted the regime’s crimes against the Syrian people since day one.

Russia has sabotaged all international efforts and blocked the work of the UN Security Council.

It continues to violate all laws and conventions; shows utter disregard for the work of the UN commissions; and challenges the results of the UN investigations.

Since the beginning of the direct Russian aggression on Syria, Russia has become a partner in these crimes.

It has bombed towns and villages while seeking to disrupt the political solution and support a solution based on killing and displacement.

Today I address the international community:
The blatant Russian aggression against Syrian children and women is the direct result of your inaction and your lukewarm, ineffective positions.

You will not be able to resolve crises and problems using the policy of waiting and watching idly by and the issuance of statements of condemnation.

The murderers will not decide to stop their litany of crimes on their own.

Today you have a duty to take concrete decisions to stop the killings, destruction, and displacement once and for all.

Even the international resolutions are not enough as they need to be adopted and enforced.

Indeed, they will not enter into force on their own.

Today I address the international organization and its active members.

You are the ones who need to assume the responsibility for enforcing the UN resolutions; ensuring respect for the International Law; and holding the perpetrators to account.

To persist with this reluctance and to act out of the calculation of the gains and losses is not the ideal way to stand up to the criminals.

Your current stances will only bring more destruction and killings, for which the whole world will have to pay a heavy price.

Despite the Syrians’ frustration with the international community which for the eight past years of the revolution has failed to stand in the right place and to shoulder its responsibilities with regards to the maintenance of international peace and security.

Nevertheless, it is our political duty to urge the world to shoulder its responsibilities.

We emphasize that the active states, if they have the will, can stop this barbaric onslaught and impose a political solution in accordance with the international resolutions.

Today, after it has become clear to everyone that the conventional mechanisms of the United Nations are totally incapable of preventing the killings and stopping the ongoing war crimes against civilians in Syria, we ask you to find alternative mechanisms to bring this ongoing tragedy to an end.

We ask you to overcome the obstacles in order to deter the regime and ratchet up the pressure on Russia to stop its aggression and its support for Assad.

I address the Syrian people, the Free National Army, and the revolutionary forces:

The challenges are still there and the hardships are increasing.

Since day one, our revolution has been facing a big alliance of the forces of evil in the world.

They want us to surrender and bow down to tyranny.

But we have chosen freedom.

No one can regain it alone, but united, we can achieve our goal.

We support the Free Syrian Army and the Turkish army’s efforts which have been able to deal heavy blows to terrorism.

Our Turkish brothers are still working hard to stop the bloodshed; support the political solution; save the lives of civilians; and prevent their displacement from their homes.

Today, despite all the pain and the deep sense of bitterness, and despite the deep wounds and immense hardships, our stances are firm, thanks to your sincerity and dedication.

I appeal to all the honorable people of the Arab world and the whole world to stand by what is right, by the victims of the aggression, evil and injustice against our people, and support us by all possible means.

Freedom, justice and dignity.

are what guide us.

I urge to show more patience, cooperation and unity.

Eid is approaching

as is victory, God willing.

May Allah accept your good deeds in Ramadan!

And may Allah reward you with goodness and blessings!

May our fallen heroes rest in peace, our wounded recover, and our detainees be free.

Long live Syria and its people, free and with honor.

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30 May 2019 In Political News

The US special envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, on Wednesday said that the current escalation in the province of Idlib poses a threat not only to peace efforts in Syria, but for the entire region.

Speaking to reporters following a closed-door UN Security Council meeting on Syria, Jeffrey said that during the meeting, Washington called for a ceasefire in Idlib as soon as possible because the current situation poses a threat to peace, not only in Syria, but the whole region.

Jeffrey went on to say that the US raised the horrible situation in Idlib during the meeting as it stressed that the onslaught on civilians must stop immediately. The US has always supported a ceasefire weather inside or outside the Council, he added.

The US Acting Ambassador to the United States, Jonathan Cohen, called on the Assad regime and Russia to fully implement the Idlib agreement, abide by the ceasefire, and fully restore the de-escalation arrangement.

Cohen said that the United States and its allies are closely monitoring the situation in northwestern Syria, and will respond swiftly and appropriately to any use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.

Cohen called for commanders who planned and carried out such attacks to be held accountable. He expressed concern about the continued airstrikes targeting healthcare facilities and health workers in northwestern Syria.

Moreover, the US diplomat called upon the Assad regime to allow humanitarian convoys to reach Al-Rukban refugee camp. He pointed to the Assad regime and Russia’s responsibility for the blockade, stressing that the regime is pursuing a “kneel or starve" tactic against people in the camp.

The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Muelle on Tuesday warned that further military operations in Idlib province would overwhelm aid efforts, stressing that an estimated three million people are caught up in the crossfire and without shelter.

The Emergency Response Coordinators Team in northwestern Syria on Monday said that at least 568 civilians, including 162 children, have been killed in the bombing campaign the Assad regime and Russia have launched in northwestern Syria since April 26. It noted that nearly half a million people have been displaced. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

30 May 2019 In Local News

At least 21 Palestinian-Syrians have died while in the custody of the Assad regime since the beginning of 2019, the Action Group for the Palestinians of Syria said.

The Group's Monitoring and Documentation Team on Wednesday said that the victims included 11 who died under torture in April.

The London-based monitoring group noted that two Palestinian-Syrians were killed under torture in January, six in February, and three others in May.

The Group indicated that it counted 605 Palestinian-Syrians who have died under torture in the Syrian prisons since the beginning of the Syrian revolution in March 2011. The figure included 34 women.

In a report issued in mid-March, the Group said that at least 1,748 Palestinian-Syrians have been detained since March 2011, pointing to the presence of entire families among the detainees, including infants, women, children and elderly persons.

The Assad regime has recently begun issuing death notices for the detainees who died in its prisons to the General Commission for Palestinian Arab Refugees in Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

30 May 2019 In Political News

The US State Department expressed supported for the report the Syrian Center for Justice and Accountability released last week revealing the reach of Bashar al-Assad's shadowy security agencies that sought to eliminate dissent at all costs.

In comments published on Twitter on Wednesday, the US State Department said that the report ‘Walls have Ears’ shows how the Assad regime deliberately detained its citizens, including women and children, to silence dissent.

The Assad regime must release the tens of thousands who are still unjustly detained in Syria, the Department said.

The report is based on a sample of 5,000 documents and present some of the most damning evidence of state involvement — at the highest level — in the bloody crackdown on protesters, dissidents, and even foreign journalists in Syria.

The documents, which were found in abandoned regime security headquarters, show the agencies created a network of informants that ensured the regime kept a close watch of the most mundane of Syrians’ everyday life. They also offer a rare look into the inner workings of the several security agencies as they sought to eliminate dissidents through detention, intimidation or killings.

Some of the documents include handwritten notes from top commanders to arrest, detain and “do what is necessary” to quell the unrest — a vague directive that has been found to mean use of lethal force. They also showed how security agencies and officials even spied on each other.

“The documents show clearly that orders were very centralized and came from really high-level officials, including from heads of the security agency themselves, and in lots of documents from the National Security Office,” said Mohammad Al-Abdallah, the director of the Washington-based group. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

30 May 2019 In Coalition News

The Assad regime and its allies have stepped up the bombing campaign in the de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria, carrying out a series of deadly attacks over the past 24 hours.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Coalition said: “Over the past few hours, the Assad regime forces, the Russian occupation jets, and the Iranian militia have carried out four deadly attacks in Idlib and Aleppo provinces, bombing more than 35 towns and villages in the two provinces.”

“The death toll from the bombardment continues to rise, with the initial count indicating that at least 26 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed and more than 70 others injured,” the Coalition added.

“The Civil Defense and medical teams are operating in the most difficult circumstances as they continue to be directly targeted by the Assad regime and Russian attacks. Since the beginning of the Assad regime’s war on the Syrian people, medical centers and hospitals have constant targets for the regime’s killing and destruction machine.”

The Coalition went on to say that “the international community and the United Nations have a mandate to find an appropriate mechanism to stop these deadly attacks after the traditional mechanisms failed to prevent the killings and stop the ongoing war crimes against the Syrian civilians.”

“These crimes have cast serious doubt about the very mission around which the United Nations was established, mainly to maintain international peace and security. These crimes have also shown how this institution, since it has been unable to intervene to resolve the most serious international conflicts, has become wholly irrelevant.”

“It is imperative that the international community immediately assume their responsibilities to enforce the UN Security Council resolutions; enforce an immediate ceasefire; and force the Assad regime to meet the requirements of a political solution. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

30 May 2019 In Press Releases

Press release
Syrian Coalition - Syria
Department of Media and Communications
May 29, 2019


Over the past few hours, the Assad regime forces, the Russian occupation jets, and the Iranian militia have carried out four deadly attacks in Idlib and Aleppo provinces, bombing more than 35 towns and villages in the two provinces.

The death toll from the bombardment continues to rise, with the initial count indicating that at least 26 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed and more than 70 others injured.

The Civil Defense and medical teams are operating in the most difficult circumstances as they continue to be directly targeted by the Assad regime and Russian attacks. Since the beginning of the Assad regime’s war on the Syrian people, medical centers and hospitals have constant targets for the regime’s killing and destruction machine.

The international community and the United Nations have a mandate to find a appropriate mechanism to stop these deadly attacks after the traditional mechanisms failed to prevent the killings and stop the ongoing war crimes against the Syrian civilians. These crimes have cast serious doubt about the very mission around which the United Nations was established, mainly to maintain international peace and security. These crimes have also shown how this institution, since it has been unable to intervene to resolve the most serious international conflicts, has become wholly irrelevant.

It is imperative that the international community immediately assume their responsibilities to enforce the UN Security Council resolutions; enforce an immediate ceasefire; and force the Assad regime to meet the requirements of a political solution. 

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29 May 2019 In Local News

The Syrian civil defense on Tuesday said that Russia and the Assad regime are deliberately bombing agricultural land as part of their fierce onslaught on northwestern Syria, setting fire about 200 hectares of vital crops.

Local activists said that the burning of crops caused substantial losses to farmers. Speaking to the local Smart news network, director of the civil defense in the town of al-Zerba in southern rural Aleppo Ali Juma said that the Russian and Assad regime bombs set fire to 50 hectares of the vital crops of wheat and barley before they were harvested.

Juma also said that the bombings also set fire to around 150 hectares of harvested land, destroying the hay used as fodder for livestock. 

Juma noted that the bombings aim to burn as much as possible of agricultural land, adding that each hectare of barley yields an average of 2.5 tons.

Earlier aerial bombardment by the Assad regime and Russia destroyed large areas of agricultural land and killed a large number of livestock in the villages of Al-Bawabiya, Al-Kamari, and Al-Barqum south of Aleppo. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

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