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16 May 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition’s political committee held its regular meeting at the Coalition office in the countryside of Aleppo on Thursday.

The meeting discussed the situation on the ground in the liberated areas, the Russian-Iranian aggression on Idlib and the countryside of Hama, and the mass displacement of civilians in the region.

President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa said that the brutal airstrikes on civilians in Idlib and Hama have so far killed more than 350 civilians, including many children and women, as well as displaced more than 300,000 people. The bombings also caused massive destruction to civilian homes and infrastructure, hospitals and schools.

President Mustafa called for an immediate halt to the aggression on Idlib as he commended the international outcry over the assault on Idlib. He also praised efforts by sisterly and friendly countries to put pressure Russia to stop its support for the aggression and to refrain from launching further attacks on civilians.

The political committee discussed mechanisms of communication and interaction with civil bodies in the liberated areas. It met with representatives of local councils and discussed with them the situation of services and the displaced people from the areas that were occupied by the Assad regime and the Iranian militias.

The Syrian Coalition has recently opened an office in the countryside of Aleppo and began to communicate with the local councils and directorates active in the liberated areas and the civil society organizations in Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

16 May 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian Negotiations Commission held a number of important meetings at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland during which they discussed the Assad regime and Russian serious military escalation in the province of Idlib and its impact on the political process.

The Commission’s delegation also met with officials and diplomats from the United States, the European Union, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Australia and Japan. Head of Delegation, Nasr Al-Hariri, briefed the diplomats on the situation in Idlib, especially the Assad regime and Russian violations of the Idlib agreement. He underscored that the humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating as a result of the relentless targeting of residential areas and public facilities.

Hariri stressed that the Assad regime and Russia are using terrorism as a pretext to target civilians and force them out of their homes as they previously did in various areas across Syria. He emphasized the importance of international cooperation to stop the military escalation; ensure respect for the Idlib agreement; consolidate the ceasefire; and seriously engage in the peace process.

The Commission’s delegation also met with Khawla Matar, Deputy Special UN Envoy to Syria who is in charge of following up on the issue of detainees. Hariri and Matar discussed ways to achieve progress in the issue which he described as both “sensitive and catastrophic.”

Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr al-Hariri, met with the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Ankara on Tuesday and discussed with him the serious military escalation by the Assad regime and its allies in Idlib province.

Hariri stressed the need to protect civilians, consolidate the ceasefire that was established last year, and deliver humanitarian aid to those in need. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

15 May 2019 In Coalition News

Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr al-Hariri, met with the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Ankara on Tuesday and discussed with him the serious military escalation by the Assad regime and its allies in Idlib province.

Hariri said that he and Çavuşoğlu discussed the Assad regime’s violations of the ceasefire agreement and the efforts being exerted to stop the escalation. He stressed the need to protect civilians, consolidate the ceasefire that was established last year, and deliver humanitarian aid to those in need.

Hariri pointed out that he felt real concern by Turkey over the situation in Idlib province, noting that the Assad regime and Russia are using terrorism as a pretext to target civilians and destroy infrastructure, hospitals and schools.

“The Syrian opposition supports fighting terrorism in its all forms, including the terror of the Iranian militias," Hariri said, adding that this threat should not be used as a pretext to subjugate the liberated areas with the force of arms. He stressed that the ongoing onslaught violated the UN resolutions on Syria and the Idlib agreement.

Moreover, Hariri said that the talks touched on coming closer to an agreement on the formation of the Constitutional Committee, adding that that issue enjoys “common interest” as a gateway to a comprehensive, just political solution in accordance with UN resolution 2254.

In comments he published on Twitter, the Turkish Foreign Minister said that the Assad regime’s attacks on Idlib constituted a blatant violation of the Sochi Memorandum, adding that they were close to an agreement on the formation of the Constitutional Committee. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

14 May 2019 In Coalition News

President of the Syrian Coalition, Abdurrahman Mustafa, called on the international community and the major players in Syria to put an end to the Assad regime and Russian onslaught on Idlib, adding that Russia is still refusing to abide by the agreements in place and seeking to “shore up the Assad regime.”

President Mustafa warned of dire consequences affecting the whole world should the Assad regime and its allies try to storm Idlib province. He also warned of “the humanitarian tragedy resulting from the targeting of civilians and of a fresh wave of refugees towards Europe.”

“The Russians insist on pursuing a military solution,” President Mustafa said, noting that this places increased responsibility on the major players to maintain the ‘de-escalation zone’ agreement as the last remaining agreement in place.

President Mustafa described the ongoing military escalation as “extremely grave,” pointing out that it is targeting children, women, civilian infrastructure and hospitals. He stressed that this is the same policy Moscow has pursued since the start of its direct intervention in 2015, targeting the revolution’s social base as it previously did in Aleppo, Dara’a and many areas across Syria.

The Assad regime, Russia and Iran are still using the strategy of relentless bombardment in Idlib, displacing tens of thousands of civilians towards safer areas, President Mustafa said.

President Mustafa pointed out that "Russia has not complied with any of the agreements reached on Syria and has limited its military goals to the popping up of the regime.”

Moreover, President Mustafa pointed out that the Coalition is working in coordination with Turkey as a guarantor of the Idlib agreement to overcome the Idlib crisis and as Turkey has military observation points in the region. He noted that the tasks of those points are not limited to monitoring as they represent a deterrent impeding any regime advance into Idlib.

The regime forces’ targeting of the Turkish observation points was aimed at exerting pressure on Turkey to force it to make political concessions in other files as it is an influential state and open to dialogue with all major players. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

11 May 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition met with a number of representatives of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People and thoroughly discussed with them the situation in Idlib and the urgent need for a solution to stop military operations targeting civilian areas in the province. The meetings also discussed ways to deliver humanitarian assistance to those in need, especially for more than 100,000 displaced people the majority of whom are staying out in the open without the basic necessities of life.

The meetings were part of the work of the Coalition’s Department of Foreign Relations and the special committee that the General Assembly has recently formed and tasked with taking urgent action on Idlib and working to avoid a possible humanitarian disaster in the province.

Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition, Dima Moussa, said that the Coalition met with the representatives of France, Great Britain and Germany. She pointed out that the meetings discussed ways to stop the regime’s ongoing onslaught against the Idlib and Hama countryside.

Moussa added that the rising civilian casualties and the relentless targeting of vital civilian centers as well as the ensuing mass displacement of civilians provided yet further evidence of the Assad regime and its allies’ widespread war crimes and violations against Syrian civilians.

Moussa pointed out that the Coalition will send a letter to several states and the international bodies concerned about the situation in Idlib. The letter will demand the exertion of pressure on Russia to force it to stop military operations in northwestern Syria and the stepping up of urgent humanitarian assistance for more than 100,000 people who have been displaced from their homes in recent weeks.

The special Idlib committee compiled a report detailing the violations being documented by human rights organizations, including the number of victims as well as the health and educational facilities targeted by the Assad regime and Russian forces.

The committee stressed the need to abide by the Memorandum of Understanding on Idlib that was reached last year; respect the ceasefire agreement; and stop all military operations in the region, especially the targeting of civilians and vital centers. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

10 May 2019 In Coalition News

Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr al-Hariri, condemned the international silence about “the massacre and the holocaust” being carried out by the Assad regime and Russian forces against civilians in the provinces of Idlib and Hama. He said that the Assad regime is using the threat of terrorism as a pretext for killing innocent civilians.

Hariri slammed the international media’s ignoring of the brutal bombardment the Assad regime and Russian forces have launched in Idlib since April 26 killing hundreds of civilians and forcing about 300,000 more out of their homes.

Hariri played down the emergency UN Security Council meeting which will be held to Friday to discuss the military escalation in Idlib as he expressed disappointment over the lukewarm international response to the military escalation in Idlib. He recalled previous meetings by the UN Security Council on the military escalations in eastern Ghouta and elsewhere and the Council’s failure to enforce the resolutions it adopted during those meetings.

Hariri also expressed his hope that the Friday UN Security Council meeting would not be a routine measure, calling for clear position to force the Assad regime and its backers to stop their onslaught on Idlib. He also called for a binding resolution by the UN General Assembly to avoid Russia’s use of veto and its disruption of the majority of the UN Security Council resolutions on Syria.

Moreover, Hariri stressed that the crimes that Russia, the Assad regime, and the Iranian terrorist militias are committing in the liberated areas put the lives of 3.5 million people at huge risk.

Hariri called on Turkey to step up its efforts and respond to the massacres taking place in Idlib at all levels as it is a guarantor of the Astana and Sochi tracks and has observation points and patrols on the ground. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

10 May 2019 In Coalition News

President of the Syrian Coalition, Abdulrahman Mustafa, called for the launch of an international initiative to put an end to the Assad regime and its allies’ war crimes in the provinces of Idlib and Hama. The regime’s onslaught in the region has so far killed and injured hundreds of civilians as well as destroyed schools, hospitals and vital civilian facilities.

“The major players need to launch an international initiative to put an end to the ongoing disaster affecting the unarmed civilians in the province of Idlib,” President Mustafa said in comments he posted on Twitter.

President Mustafa also stressed the need to “dismantle the elements of the crisis and refute the pretexts being used by the aggressor parties through the implementation of the UN Security Council resolution 2254. Enforcing this resolution will certainly serve the interest of all Syrians.”

“Any problems related to the crimes of the Assad regime and its allies as well as the presence of extremist organizations in the region must be resolved in the context of international agreements and resolutions, President Mustafa said. He warned that any solution outside international resolutions will make the whole world pay a heavy price for the crimes Russia, the Assad regime, and Iranian militias are committing against civilians in Idlib, Hama and Aleppo.”

Moreover, President Mustafa stressed the need for the international community to shoulder its responsibilities with regards to stopping the targeting of residential neighborhoods, hospitals, clinics and unarmed civilians and the breaches of agreements by Russia, Iran and the Assad regime.

President Mustafa praised the legendary resilience of the Syria people who are being subjected to a fierce military campaign by the Assad regime, Russia and the Iranian militias, stressing the impossibility of resolving the crisis by military means.

The UN Security Council is set to hold a closed emergency session on Friday to discuss the situation in Idlib at the request of Belgium, Germany and Kuwait.

According to the World Health Organization and the United Nations, the humanitarian situation in the region is rapidly deteriorating as a result of the Assad regime and Russian attacks on medical centers, schools and civil centers. The bombing campaign has also forced more than 300,000 people to flee to relatively safer areas near the Turkish border. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

08 May 2019 In Coalition News

Secretary of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee, Riyad Hassan, said that the Assad regime is seeking to destroy both the infrastructure of the country and the Syrian society through the systematic, deliberate targeting of vital civilian centers, including hospitals and schools.

Hassan said that the Assad regime and its allies’ attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure constituted blatant violation of all humanitarian norms and laws calling for sparing civilians, hospitals and schools.

Hassan stressed that Russia’s continued support for the Assad regime in the killing, destruction and displacement of civilians makes Russia a party to the conflict, which would disrupt the Geneva Communiqué of 2012 calling for an end to the Assad regime’s years-long war against the Syrian people.

The Assad regime’s ongoing onslaught on the countryside of Idlib and Hama is aimed at undermining efforts to achieve progress in the political process, whether the one sponsored by Moscow through the Sochi Conference or the UN-led process, Hassan added.

He called on the international community to mobilize all its humanitarian institutions to save Syrian civilians in Idlib and Hama provinces, especially women and children; rein in the crimes of the Assad regime, Russian and Iranian forces; ensure an end to the bombing campaign; and prevent further displacement of civilians. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

08 May 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition said that civilians in Syria are being subjected to war crimes and genocide as a result of the relentless bombing campaign by the Assad regime and Russian forces on the countryside Idlib and Hama. It stressed that these crimes have not yet been met with the appropriate response from the international community.

In a press release issued on Monday, the Coalition said that Syrian civilians need urgent international protection. The world must not remain silent as the Syrian people, especially women and children, are being killed and displaced en masse.

“It is imperative that the sponsors of the political solution and guarantors of the Idlib Agreement shoulder their responsibilities with regards to the serious escalation risking the creation of new major humanitarian disasters affecting the Syrian people,” the Coalition added.

The serious military escalation by the Assad regime forces, backed by the Russian air force and the Iranian militias against towns and villages in the Hama and Idlib provinces have so far resulted in the deaths of dozens of civilians and the injury of hundreds more in the past few days.

The fierce bombardment has so far destroyed four hospitals and transformed several towns and villages into devastated areas. The bombings are also targeting IDP camps and main roads in the region.

“This blatant aggression has forced well over 300,000 people out of their homes and did not stop even on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. In addition to violating all agreements and resolutions, the onslaught is a new attempt to sabotage the political solution and impose a repressive, terrorist military solution on the Syrian people.”

The Coalition warned of the consequences of the ongoing military escalation as it reminded the UN Security Council of its responsibilities towards what is happening and the plans of the regime and its allies who are aiding it in its aggression. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

06 May 2019 In Coalition News

An official in the Syrian Coalition stressed that the international community has a duty to provide protection for Syrian civilians from the ongoing bombing campaign by the Assad regime and its allies.

Hadi al-Bahra, member of the Coalition’s political committee, said that the Syrian people have the right to be protected in safe havens.

Bahra warned of fresh, unprecedented waves of refugees. “If the international community does not act swiftly to put an end to the bombing campaign by the Assad regime and its allies and revitalize the stalled political process, they will have to deal with yet the largest waves of refugees to outside Syria.”

The Assad regime and Russian forces have stepped up the bombing campaign in northwestern Syria since April 26, targeting mainly civilian areas and vital civilian facilities. The airstrikes have so far caused hundreds of civilian casualties as well as destroyed many hospitals and other vital civilian centers.

In its latest regular meeting, the Coalition’s General Assembly discussed the latest political and field developments in Syria, especially the serious military escalation by the Assad regime and Russian forces in Idlib province.

The Coalition stressed that the ongoing brutal bombing campaign should confirm to the international community that the regime continues to show utter disregard for the political process and political solution that is needed to stop the bloodshed and alleviate the suffering of Syrian civilians.

Members of the General Assembly called on the United Nations to condemn the intensified bombing campaign in Idlib and hold those responsible to account; refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court; preserve the Idlib agreement; and help reach a nationwide ceasefire. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

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