The Syrian Coalition condemned the terrorist bombing that on Tuesday targeted the head of the local council in the town of Akhtrin in northern rural Aleppo, Khalid Dibo, led to the amputation of his feet. Another car bomb explosion targeted an imam of a mosque in the town who survived with minor injuries.
“Although Dibo was targeted in a previous assasination attempt, he continued to do his work. We hope he will recover soon and resume his duty,” the Coalition said in a press release issued on Tuesday.
“Terrorist acts and attempts to disrupt civilian life and spread chaos over the past years have all failed to break the will of the Syrian people. They are nothing but failed and desperate attempts.”
The Coalition went on: “The crimes of terrorism and its sleeper cells will not succeed in disrupting or stopping the process of building and liberation being carried out by the honorable Syrian people and for which they are making enormous sacrifices.”
The Coalition reiterated its calls on the international community to condemn the repeated terrorist bombings in Syria and to take concrete action to help impose security as well as to support a political solution by all means as the only response capable of defeating terrorism. It is imperative that the international community stop watching idly by at the expense of the security and safety of civilians. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition’s political committee on Tuesday held its regular meeting in the office of the Syrian Coalition in Aleppo countryside and discussed the ongoing bombing campaign in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria and the crimes against Syrian civilians.
President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa said that the continued crimes, the starting of wars, and violation of the ceasefire have proved to the Syrian people before any one else that the Assad regime "is only seeking to destroy the country and kill as many Syrians as it can.”
President Mustafa stressed that Russia's support for and its participation in the military operations stalled the political process. Russia also encouraged the Assad regime to violate agreements and refuse to engage in the political process.
President Mustafa explained that the meeting also discussed the issues of east of the Euphrates and the arsons that ravaged tens of thousands of hectares of vital crops, causing huge losses to farmers in that region.
The committee condemned the bombing and destruction of populated areas and infrastructure. It stressed that the bravery being shown by the Free Syrian Army against aggression was admired by the Syrian people as well as their political and revolutionary forces.
The Committee reviewed reports on the situation on the ground and the dire conditions being experienced by some 400,000 displaced people because of the brutal bombardment. It underscored the importance of exertion of more efforts to provide relief and medical assistance for the displaced people, especially children, women and the sick.
Tabled for discussion was also the work of the Syrian Interim Government. President Mustafa said that they would hold meetings with the SIG ministers and heads of the local councils with the aim of reviewing the projects carried out in the liberated areas and prepare for the next phase.
The committee also held meetings with representatives of local bodies and civic councils in the context of monitoring the provision of services for civilians in northern Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The head of the Syrian National Commission for the Affairs of Detainees and Missing Persons, Yasser Al-Farhan, said that the Assad regime continues to detain and execute detainees in its prisons. He pointed to new evidence of the Assad regime’s mass execution of those who deny it was detaining, citing the Assad regime’s continued issuance of death notices for detainees who perished in its prisons to the civil registry departments in the Syrian provinces.
Al-Farhan stressed that war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity are taking place against detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime. He pointed out that the Assad regime continues to challenge the reports issued by the International Commission of Inquiry and all international statements about its responsibility for the torture and mass execution of the detainees in its prisons.
“The majority of the UN Security Council resolutions unequivocally condemned the arbitrary detention of civilians, torture, summary executions, and enforced disappearances in Syria. They also called for the immediate cessation of such practices and the release of all arbitrarily detained persons,” Farhan said.
“The showing of disregard for these reports confirms that the regime is avidly seeking to get rid of its opponents, a policy that has already claimed the lives of tens of thousands.”
Farhan added: “This would place greater responsibility on the United Nations to save the lives of the remaining detainees in the prisons of the regime and hold those responsible for such crimes to account.”
Farhan called on the United Nations and international organizations to take urgent, concrete action, including forcing the Assad regime to give international bodies access to detention centers to ascertain the situation of detainees.
Moreover, Farhan stressed the need to enforce the recommendations of the UN Commission of Inquiry to immediately refer the perpetrators of violations against detainees to fair trials; ensure the release of the remining detainees; and prevent further arbitrary detentions in line with the UN resolutions, most importantly the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN resolution 2254. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition condemned the burning of vital agricultural crops in the Syrian Desert and eastern Syria as it called on the international community to intervene to prevent the spread of fires aimed at starving and worsening the suffering of the Syrian civilians.
In a press release issued on Friday, the Coalition said that the deliberate burning of vital agricultural crops is a criminal, terrorist, reprehensible act as well as part of the war crimes being committed against the Syrian people.
The Coalition called on the international community to provide help in the extinguishing of the fires, especially as they threaten to destroy the most vital crops in Syria.
“The perpetrators of this criminal act know exactly that what they are doing, namely the targeting of all components of the Syrian people; threatening the country's food security; and taking part in the starvation of the Syrian people and increasing their suffering.”
The Coalition noted that the crop fires that have been raging in the Syrian Desert and eastern Syria in recent weeks and the resulting enormous losses may lead to a major economic, humanitarian disaster. The repeated fires and their geographic distribution raise strong suspicions.
“It is imperative, therefore, to launch an urgent investigation and examine the available evidence and listen to the eyewitness accounts.”
Moreover, the Coalition said that it was closely following the situation as it is working on the formation of an independent committee with the participation of the Syrian Interim Government to investigate these fires.
The Coalition stressed that whoever the parties responsible for these fires will not be able to escape punishment. The de facto authority in these areas and its militias bear primary responsibility as they refused Turkish and White Helmets offers for help in the extinguishing of the fires.
“It is a disaster of epic proportions as the burning of thousands of hectares of wheat and barley crops have caused heavy losses. It also raises questions on the goals behind the starvation and impoverishment of the Syrian people.
The international community and donor states need to address this issue seriously by punishing the perpetrators; compensate those affected; and enable them to cope with the disaster.”
The Coalition went on: “It is imperative that the active states realize their responsibilities with regards to the situation in Syria. The chaos and devastation being caused by the Assad regime and its allies, including the de facto authority and the terrorist militias, would not have taken place had the world fulfilled its obligations and assumed its responsibilities towards the maintenance of international peace and security.”
Fires and arson in northeastern Syria have ravaged thousands of hectares of agricultural land with the beginning of the harvest season of the wheat and barley crops. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition said that the Assad regime bears primary responsibility for the tragedy of the Syrian refugees, noting that Syria is "the greatest tragedy of displacement in our present day.”
In a press release marking the World Refugee Day, the Syrian Coalition said the murderous Assad regime has caused an absolute tragedy in Syria, some aspects of which are manifested in the situation of the Syrian refugees who live in extremely tragic conditions as a result of the actions of the Assad regime and having to escape the hell of its bloody tactics.
The Coalition said that despite some international attempts to address this crisis and the generous efforts by the majority of the host countries, the refugee crisis has exposed the failure of the international community to uphold the International Law and to enforce the UN Security Council and UN General Assembly resolutions. This failure has had dire consequences for the Syrian conflict and the refugee crisis.
“As the Assad regime’s military escalation continues, the humanitarian situation of the refugees is worsening. Hardships being faced by the Syrian refugees in the host countries are also worsening, especially in Lebanon whose institutions are not showing any respect for the rights of refugees or the international norms and conventions on refugees.”
The Coalition went on to say that IDPs in the regime-held areas are being subjected to various forms of violations and intimidation, such as arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, and torture in accordance with criminal policies based on violence, pillage, and the unlawful appropriation of citizens' property.
Moreover, the Syrian Coalition warned of the grave dangers threatening the Syrian refugees, especially those being forced to return to Syria under various forms of pressure. The forceful return of refugees in the current conditions pose immense risks to their lives.
The Coalition reiterated the need to respect international laws and conventions on the protection of refugees; prevent violations against them; and hold accountable those involved in the incitement of hatred against them and in violating their legitimate rights.
The Coalition demanded that the world honor the enormous sacrifices being made by the Syrian people. It also stresses the need to firmly resist the plans of the regime and its allies who are seeking to create a new humanitarian disaster in northwestern Syria and displace hundreds of thousands of civilians living there. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr al-Hariri, said that Russia continues to support the Assad regime militarily and does not have any intention to engage in the political process. He pointed out that Iran continues to seek to consolidate its influence and maintain a foothold in the country.
The political process in Syria has stalled as the Assad regime rejects all proposals for a political solution in Syria, Hariri told a press conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Tuesday.
He stressed that while Russia is talking about a political process in front of the international community, it uses various types of weapons against the Syrian civilians in Idlib province. He noted that the Commission refused to meet with Russian officials unless the bombing campaign in Idlib province stops.
Hariri said that the Assad regime and Russian forces are relentlessly bombing civilians in Idlib and rural Hama, mainly targeting children, women and the elderly. He said that the bombing campaign has caused a humanitarian disaster in northwestern Syria.
Hariri said that the Assad regime and its allies’ ongoing military operations have so far killed 900 Syrians, including 210 children; forced more than half a million people out of their homes; and destroyed the infrastructure, hospitals, civilians homes, and bakeries.
As for the Iranian intervention in Syria, Hariri pointed out that Tehran is still seeking to increase its influence in the country by penetrating the Syrian state institutions, especially the security services and the army. He noted that Iran has already incorporated its militias into the Assad regime's army.
Moreover, Hariri went on to say that Iran is continuing to spread Shiism in the Syrian society, stressing that there can be no political solution in Syria without the withdrawal of Iran.
“We will not accept any solution that allows Iran to maintain its military presence in our country. We are determined to reverse all what Iran did to the social fabric in Syria,” Hariri said.
Hariri also said that Iran is now threatening international and regional peace and security, citing Iran’s recent targeting of oil tankers in the Arabian Gulf.
Hariri called on the Lebanese political blocks to distance themselves from Hezbollah, Iran and the Assad regime, and to stand by the Syrian people against the regime that once killed them on the streets of Lebanon. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition mourned President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi as it extended its sincere condolences to his family and the brotherly Egyptian people.
In a press release issued on Tuesday, the Coalition said that “throughout his presidency, the late President Morsi supported and remained faithful to the aspirations of the Syrian people and their revolution for freedom, dignity and democracy. He also showed firm commitment to the fundamental causes of the Arab nation and did not compromise any of those.”
The Coalition also said that “we will always remain hopeful that Egypt will remain a bulwark against all attempts to threaten the security of the region and to spread and chaos. We are confident that it will hold to its commitments to the peoples’ aspirations for freedom and dignity.”
News about the death of President Morsi sent a wave of sadness and anger over the social media, with online campaigns launched to pay tribute to the deceased president. The hashtags ‘Mohammed Morsi’ in Arabic and English was on top of the list of trends on Twitter within just one hour after the news of his death.
Many Syrian activists mourned Morsi’s death as they cited his noble stances towards the Syrian revolution and his attempts to help the Syrian people rid Syria of the authoritarian rule and make a transition to democracy. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The head of the Syrian Coalition’s Department of the Refugee Affairs Amal Sheikho, said that the recent statements by Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has fueled hatred and racism against the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, pointing out that such statements will not solve Lebanon's economic and social problems.
Sheikho warned that these racist statements risk further destabilizing Lebanon and the region. She said: “Such statements will only serve to fuel the tensions and exasperation in the Lebanese society and makes it an increasingly hostile environment on the verge of explosion.”
Sheikho expressed her concern about the fate of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in the wake of these “unprecedentedly racist statements.” She stressed that these statements risk undermining efforts to find a solution to the issue of the Syrian refugees.”
Moreover, Sheikho appealed to “the Lebanese forces with living conscience” to support the Syrian refugees and to “stand firmly against the campaigns targeting Syrian refugees who had been displaced by the Hezbollah militia.”
Lebanese officials have recently launched a media campaign against Syrian refugees coinciding with attacks and violations against the Syrian refugees, such as arrest, destruction and burning of camps, and murder.
The Coalition said that these campaigns are aimed to force refugees to return to Syria in extremely risky conditions in violation of international resolutions on the protection of refugees. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The President of the Syrian Coalition, Abdurrahman Mustafa, said that Russia bears primary responsibility for the tragedy unfolding in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria. He stressed that the repeated shelling of Turkish observation points could not happen without a green light from Moscow.
“The Assad regime is merely implementing orders for the recent military escalation," Mustafa said on Monday, adding that the ongoing bombing campaign in northwestern Syria put the lives of nearly four million civilians cramped along the Turkish border at huge risk.”
Mustafa went on to say that the objectives of the recent military operations “have long been exposed as the Russian role is abundantly evident following the shelling that targeted the Turkish observation points.” He pointed out that the targeting of these points indicated attempts to put pressure on Ankara and sabotage the Idlib agreement which was meant to pave the way for a nationwide ceasefire and the resumption of a genuine UN-led political process.
Mustafa noted that the Assad regime and allies’ ongoing military operations in northwestern Syria have so far killed hundreds of civilians and wounded thousands more as well as forced hundreds of thousands to relatively safer areas near the border with Turkey.
Moreover, President Mustafa stressed that Russia violated its role in the UN Security Council as it is aiding and abetting the Assad regime’s war crimes as well as shielding it at the UN Security Council through the repeated use of its veto power, which threatens international peace and security. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition’s Department of Refugee Affairs held an emergency meeting on the risks and threats facing the Syrian refugees in Lebanon as well as the worsening violations against them.
The meeting was attended by members of the presidential and political bodies, heads of departments and committees, head of the committee for the follow-up on the affairs of Syrian refugees in Lebanon Abdul Rahman Akkari, and journalist and political activist Ahmed Qusair.
The participants discussed the situation of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon in light of the increasing hostility and violations they are facing, including arrests and murder as well as the destruction and burning of refugee camps leaving thousands of refugees without shelter.
Head of the Department of Refugee Affairs Amal Sheikho said that the recent developments are a clear example of the growing hostility being fueled by the Lebanese Foreign Minister and the officials allied with Hezbollah and the Assad regime. She pointed out that these attacks were aimed at putting increasing pressure on the Syrian refugees and forcing them to return to Syria in risky conditions.
Sheikho went on to say that the growing hostility towards the Syrian refugees serve the interests of Hezbollah which is seeking to blame Lebanon’s economic hardships on refugees. It also servers the Assad regime’s goals of putting pressure on the international community to accept its conditions for the issue of reconstruction.
Moreover, Sheikho stressed that these tactics represent violation of the international resolutions on refugees as she called on the United Nations to put an end to these attacks.
Sheikho called on the Lebanese officials who have stood with the Syrian revolution to continue supporting the Syrian refugees in Lebanon and to stand up to the hate speech and racism against the refugees. She praised their great efforts in this regard, adding that the Lebanese and Syrian peoples have suffered for decades at the hands of the Assad regime and the blatant Iranian interference that undermined the security and stability of the region. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)