The Syrian Coalition mourned the death of the fallen hero Abdul Basset Sarout who on Saturday succumbed to injuries he suffered while fending off the Assad regime onslaught on northern Hama countryside. The Coalition extended its condolences to Sarout’s family and friends.
“Sarout passed away today, with utmost honor and making a sublime sacrifice” the Coalition said in a press release issued on Saturday, describing Sarout as a true hero and a free revolutionist.”
“Sarout was at the forefront of the peaceful Syrian revolutionaries who persisted in anti-regime demonstrations and sit-in protests. Born in Homs, the capital of the Syrian Revolution, he along with his fellow revolutionaries defended the city with all possible means before they were forced to leave the city following a brutal siege.”
The Coalition also said that Sarout was “the nightingale of the Syrian Revolution who was persistently harassed and targeted by the Assad regime.”
“As the Syrian people continue the march on the path of freedom, we lose yet new symbols of the revolution. Their loss, however, will only serve to strengthen our determination. Every new fallen hero, detainee, injured, a drop of blood, and every sacrifice for the sake of Syrians' freedom strengthens our determination and perseverance to carry on with the revolution and boosts our realization of the importance of the goals of our struggle.”
The Coalition went on: “Through the message of sacrifice and giving, we remember the fundamental goals of the revolution for which Sarout fought along with the rest of our fallen heroes, namely the goals of freedom, justice and equality.”
“Today, we bid farewell to one of the most true symbols of the Syrian revolution and whose support for the revolution did not waver a single day. Sarout will remain a prime example of the noble and free Syrian who showed utmost sincerity and devotion in the fight for the Syrian people's revolution, both in their peaceful and armed struggles. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Secretary of the Syrian Coalition’s Political Committee, Riad al-Hassan, said that Russia and the Assad regime are to blame for the atrocities taking place against civilians in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria, adding that these atrocities constituted war crimes under the international law and international humanitarian law.
Hassan pointed out that the Assad regime forces with the support of Russia violated all international resolutions related to the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need as well as the resolutions related to the political process, the cease-fire, the release of detainees, and most importantly the ‘de-escalation zone’ agreement. He noted that all that is left of the agreement is Idlib province and the adjacent parts of the provinces of Hama, Aleppo and Lattakia.
The Russian jets taking off from Hmeimim and regime jets are bombing exclusively civilian areas, such as public markets, civilian homes, hospitals and civil defense centers, Hassan said. He added that these attacks have killed hundreds of civilians, including children and women, as well as destroyed dozens of vital civilian centers and healthcare facilities.
Hassan pointed out that the regime's intentions to recapture Idlib have become known to everyone, warning of a repeat of the scenario of Aleppo, northern rural Homs, eastern Ghouta and Dara’a. He added: "Every time the regime uses terrorism as a pretext to bomb civilians. In Syria, there is certainly no terrorism that surpasses the terror of Assad and Russia as is being evidenced by the gruesome photos and videos coming from Idlib.
Hassan reaffirmed the Coalition’s support for the Free Syrian Army to defend Syrian civilians in view of the international community's failure to stop the Assad regime and Russian deadly attacks against civilians.
Moreover, Hassan praised the Turkish efforts to bring military operations in the region to an end as he called on the international community to support Ankara’s efforts. He said that these efforts would have "more positive results than working within the UN Security Council.
Spokesman for the Russian presidency has announced his country will carry on with the offensive in the de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria. He pointed out that these attacks will continue until they ensure an end to “attacks on civilian targets where the Russian military personnel are present, including the Humeimim army base.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)