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)