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01 August 2019 In Coalition News

President of the Syrian Coalition Anas al-Abda met with President of the Turkish Confederation of Public Servants and Trade Union (MEMUR-SEN) Ali Yalçın and discussed with him the situation of the Syrian nationals in Turkey, especially the latest measures in Istanbul.

President al-Abda stressed that the goal of the meeting is to work to improve the conditions of work for Syrian nationals in all Turkish cities and settle their legal status in their workplaces.

Tabled for discussions were also the issues of education in general and the teaching of the Arabic language for Syrian children in Turkish schools in particular. Both sides also discussed the development of training and development programs in partnership between the Union and the staff of the Syrian Coalition and the Syrian Interim Government.

For his part, Mr. Yalçın stressed the support of the Union for the Syrian people in general and Syrian refugees in Turkey in particular. He stressed that they will spare no effort to support the cause of the Syrian people in Turkey and everywhere in the world.

The Syrian Coalition continues to communicate with the Turkish authorities with the aim of mobilizing support and to overcome the obstacles facing the Syrian refugees in Turkey which is hosting more than three million Syrian refugees. The Coalitions is also seeking increased, constant coordination with the Turkish government to address the issues of the Syrian refugees and residents in Turkey. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Anadolu Agency)

01 August 2019 In Political News

Turkey’s official news agency talked about the contribution of Syrian manufactures to the country’s economy and their role in invigorating the children's garment industry in Turkey. It said that the children's ready-to-wear market has increased by 30% in terms of customer diversity and production capacity thanks to Syrian manufacturers.

In an interview with Anadolu Agency (AA), Dosso Dossi Holding CEO Hikmet Eraslan said that a very serious customer portfolio from the Middle East has started to be formed in Turkey in the recent period.

Eraslan pointed out that the number of Middle Eastern customers in Turkey has increased considerably, adding that Syrian factory owners set up their production networks in Turkey and “brought their customers to the country."

Noting that they now welcome thousands of customers from Libya, Iraq, Beirut and Algeria, Eraslan said that these customers previously bought from Syria. He added: "Because they found the diversity of Syrian companies in Turkey, they have invigorated the Turkish economy.”

“As a result, our children's ready-to-wear market has increased by 30% in terms of customer diversity and production capacity. While 15% of the increase is due to Syrian manufacturers, the other 15% is due to Turkish manufacturers who have improved themselves for new buyers and gained footing in the competition. Over time, this figure will increase even more.”

AA said that the Syrian manufacturers had a role in making Turkey a center of attraction for Middle Eastern buyers of kids’ wear. Turkey is now one of the major international markets meeting the growing needs of the Middle East markets in terms of children's clothing sector.

The newspaper noted that the Syrian nationals established more than 7,243 legally licensed companies in Turkey. In addition, there are companies that were not licensed and unregistered with the Turkish authorities. Syrians now are on top of the list of foreign investors who established companies in Turkey.

These reports are important for clarifying the positive role of the Syrian nationals in Turkey as they show how they are contributing to the invigoration of the various sectors of the Turkish economy. They also highlight Syrians’ industriousness and contribute to the refuting of fake news about them. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Anadolu Agency)

01 August 2019 In Political News

For the first time since the start of the onslaught on northwestern Syria, the United Nations accused Russia and the Assad regime of responsibility for the “carnage in the so-called de-escalation zone” of Idlib.

Bombing and shelling in Syria for more than 90 days by the Assad regime and Russia have led to “carnage in the so-called de-escalation zone” of Idlib, Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Tuesday, in his seventh update since the “current onslaught” began.

Lowcock said that “this latest relentless campaign of airstrikes by the government and its allies has continued to hit medical facilities, schools and other civilian infrastructure such as markets and bakeries. These are civilian objects and it seems highly unlikely, given the persistent pattern of such attacks, that they are all being hit by accident.”

“On 26 July, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) identified at least 450 civilians who have been killed since late April – including more than a hundred in the last two weeks alone” Lowcock reminded Council members.

The humanitarian chief added: “We see videos, of explosions, destroyed buildings, scorched bodies and screaming children.” He asked: “Are you going to…do something about it?”

UN sources said that if the Assad regime and Russia were confirmed to have used the coordinates provided by the United Nations of the de-conflicted facilities, it would be a “war crime.”

Ten UN Security Council members earlier urged the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guteress to from a commission to investigate the Assad regime and Russia’s targeting of civilian infrastructure in Idlib province.

Nearly 500 civilians have been killed in the bombardment on Idlib province since April 28, with more than 440,000 people having been displaced, according to Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The Syrian Coalition considered that Russia is a partner in the ongoing "massacres" against civilians, condemning in the strongest terms the relentless bombardment being carried out by the Russian enemy and the Assad regime on civilian areas since late April. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)

01 August 2019 In Political News

The United States has raised the issue of tens of thousands of detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime, the majority of whom were arbitrarily arrested following the start of the Syrian revolution in 2011. The US has called on the UN Security Council to address the issue and discuss it in the coming weeks.

“The plight of Syrian civilians arbitrarily detained by the Assad regime is one humanitarian issue that is often overshadowed by the barbarity of the Assad’s military campaign in broad daylight, the continued forced starvation siege of Rukban, and continued restrictions on UN access, said Cherith Norman Chalet the US Ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday.

In remarks at a UN Security Council briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria, Chalet said: “There is both a humanitarian and a political imperative for advancing progress on improving transparency and access to regime prisons, and securing the release of those Syrians arbitrarily detained by the regime, especially women, children, and the elderly.”

The US diplomat went on to say that the United States intends to call for a UN Security Council briefing on the topic of detainees and missing persons in Syria in the coming weeks to mobilize the need for urgent action to be taken to address this issue.

In a report issued last March, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said that about 128,000 people are still detained and forcibly disappeared in the prisons of the Assad regime and its allied militias.

In late June, around 50 Syrian civil organizations sent a joint letter to the UN Security Council calling for immediate action on the issue of missing persons and detainees in Syria. They welcomed the issuance of UN Security Council resolution 2474 issued on 11 October to discuss the issue of the missing persons.

Moreover, the Syrian Coalition welcomed the US position on the issue of detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime. It called on the UN Security Council, international human rights organizations, and the United Nations to exert real pressure on the major players to force the Assad regime to disclose the fate of tens of thousands of civilians who have been forcibly disappeared and immediately release the thousands of detainees in its prisons.

The issue of detainees is among the major war crimes the Assad regime has committed over the past years. Dozens of reports by rights groups confirmed the Assad regimes’ responsibility for the systematic, deliberate killing of tens of thousands of people under torture. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

31 July 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition hailed calls by member States of the UN Security Council to launch an internal UN investigation into the Assad regime and Russia’s bombing of UN-supported hospitals in Idlib and rural Hama over the past three months.

Vice-President of the Syrian Coalition, Dima Moussa, said that the Assad regime and Russian forces have committed the most heinous war crimes by targeting hospitals, civil defense centers, residential areas, popular markets and places of worship. She described these attacks as deliberate, which requires urgent action by the UN Security Council to stop these violations.

Moussa added that the UN Security Council is “at the risk of losing its credibility in front of the whole world as the international organization tasked with maintaining international peace and security. She called for effective, serious steps to condemn these violations and ensure an immediate end to these attacks.

The UK, France, the US, Germany, Belgium, Peru, Poland, Kuwait, Dominican Republic and Indonesia - collectively representing two-thirds of the council - on Tuesday delivered a formal diplomatic petition to the secretary general questioning the lack of an inquiry into attacks on UN-supported facilities.

Moussa stressed the need for holding perpetrators of war crimes in Syria accountable, noting that the Assad regime and Russia’s insistence on their criminal behavior have stalled the political process and undermined the ‘de-escalation zones agreement.’ She said that the sabotage of this agreement, which should have formed the basis for a ceasefire in the region, have undermined chances for reaching a political solution in Syria.

Moreover, Moussa said that civilians in Idlib and rural Hama suffer dire humanitarian conditions because of the ongoing shelling, pointing out that the targeting of vital facilities have so far forced hundreds of thousands of civilians out of their homes thus risking ushering in a new mass wave of refugees. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

30 July 2019 In Local News

The Popular Resistance announced it was expanding its anti-regime operations in southern Syrian to include the Qalamoun region northwest of Damascus. The Resistance said it attacked a convoy of the Hezbollah Militia on Monday evening, destroying three vehicles and injuring the militants inside.

In a statement on its page on Facebook, the Resistance said that its fighters ambushed a convoy of the Lebanese Hezbollah Militia while it was travelling on a mountain road in the Qalamoun region.

The attack, the first of its kind in an area controlled by the Hezbollah Militia in Qalamoun, came a few weeks after the start of similar attacks against regime forces in Damascus and its suburbs. A group of men from the Qalamoun region earlier announced the formation of Ansar al-Haq Brigade under the command of the Popular Resistance Brigades.

In rural Dara’a, clashes renewed in the town of Sanamein after fighters of the Popular Resistance attacked headquarters of the Criminal Security Branch and a checkpoint manned by regime forces, with reports about casualties among regime forces.

According to local sources, the attack began with the Popular Resistance fighters throwing hand grenades on regime forces which was followed by heavy gunfire that lasted around 20 minutes.

The Popular Resistance Brigade was formed last year in Dara’a shortly after the province fell to regime forces. Its fighters carried out a series of daring attacks against the Assad regime positions, targeting checkpoints, security detachments, and security and military headquarters. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

30 July 2019 In Political News

Nearly 500 civilians have been killed in the bombardment on Idlib province since April 28, with more than 440,000 people having been displaced, according to Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

“Our humanitarian colleagues remain deeply concerned for the safety and protection of civilians in northwest Syria, where some three million women, children, and men remain caught in the cross fire,” Haq told reporters in New York at the daily news briefing on Monday.

“The UN reminds all parties to the conflict, and those who have influence over them, of their obligation to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, and of the principles of distinction and proportionality enshrined in International Humanitarian Law,” said Haq.

The succession of airstrikes and shelling on densely populated urban areas controlled by armed rebel groups killed at least 35 people this weekend, including three health workers.

The shelling has extensively damaged residential areas and civilian infrastructure, including seven schools, a health clinic, a market, and a bakery. It also affected urban areas in government-controlled zones, Haq reported.

More than 100 civilians were killed in the past 10 days as a result of airstrikes by the Assad regime and Russian forces on northwestern Syria, the United Nations human rights official said.

“As a result of airstrikes over the past 10 days alone, eight locations in Idlib and two in rural Aleppo have witnessed civilian casualties, resulting in at least 103 civilian deaths, including some 26 children,” said Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in a statement on Friday.

The Syrian Coalition on Thursday said that the international community is to blame for the continuing crimes against the Syrian people. “The victims of these attacks are not only victims of the Assad regime and its allies, but also victims of the international community's inaction and indifference. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

29 July 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition’s political committee met with representatives of political parties and bodies. The meeting expressed a high level of interaction as all sides stressed the need to hold more of these meetings, especially at this stage.

The meeting, which was coordinated by the Coalition's Parties Office, brought together representatives of the National Democratic Conglomerate, the Syrian National Democratic Bloc, the Syrian Turkoman Council, and independent politicians. They discussed together the latest political and on the ground developments in Syria.

Following the welcoming speech by the Coordinator of the Office of Political Parties and Bodies Abdullah Kaddo, Vice-President of the Coalition Okab Yahya spoke about the Office's plans for communication and interaction. Hey also talked about the Coalition’s most important plans of action for the current and upcoming phases, most notably the plans to reach out to all the opposition political parties and movements as well as to discuss all proposals and suggestions.

Members of the political committee, Nazir al-Hakim and Mohammed Yahya Maktabi gave a detailed overview of the meeting held last week with the Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu and the most important points that were agreed upon, most importantly the agreement to form a joint committee to discuss and address the situation of the Syrian refugees in Turkey.

They also discussed the nature of this committee as they stressed the Coalition’s keenness on engaging civil society activists and organizations interested in this issue.

Moreover, al-Hakim and Maktabi underscored the importance of holding further meetings, including with the governor of Istanbul, the Turkish Ministry of Labor, and the governors of Turkish provinces hosting high percentage of Syrian refugees.

Hadi Al-Bahra, member of the political committee and the Syrian Negotiations Commission, gave a detailed overview of the latest political developments, the current situation in Idlib, the and possible scenarios for the future of the region.

Al-Bahra also touched on the developments in the political process and the formation of the Constitutional Committee. He also talked about agreements on the independent members of the Committee, the joint chairmanship, and the mechanisms for voting. He stressed the importance of beginning with the creation of the safe environment and the Coalition’s vision for the political solution.

Secretary-General of the Coalition Abdul Basit Abdul Latif and member of the political committee Abdul Majid Barakat gave a brief about the meeting with the US envoy for Syria and the most important points that were discussed. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

29 July 2019 In Local News

The Syrian Commission of Legal Experts described the international community as “a silent spectator of the scenes of the extermination of the Syrian civilians.” It slammed the international silence about the ongoing shelling of civilians and vital civilian centers in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria, describing the human rights conventions as a dead letter.”

In a letter addressed to the international community, the Commission said: “To the peoples of the silent world, watching with utter silence the killing of Syrian children and women, the Syrian people have started their revolution, the revolution for freedom and dignity, against the Assad regime’s tyranny, oppression, and killings of innocent people. The Syrian people have not risen up for the sake of posing a threat to Syria’s neighbors or for carrying out terrorist acts as Bashar al-Assad is doing.”

“For more than eight years, we have been addressing you, we have seen nothing but silence and implicit blessings to the killings and the destruction of our homeland at the hands of the Russian and Iranian killing machines.”

The Commission added: “The Russian and Assad regime air forces and its militias have committed hundreds of thousands of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against the Syrian people right under the watchful eyes of the whole world.”

“As the Syrian people see the total inaction of your laws, agreements, bodies and organizations, they will continue with the revolution until the overthrow of the Assad gang and its allies, the invaders and murderers.”

The Syrian Coalition on Thursday said that the international community is to blame for the continuing crimes against the Syrian people. “The victims of these attacks are not only victims of the Assad regime and its allies, but also victims of the international community's inaction and indifference.

The Assad regime and Russian forces have unleashed a ferocious bombing campaign on the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern since April 26, relentlessly bombing towns and villages in Idlib province and the adjacent parts of Hama, Aleppo, and Lattakia. The bombings have so far killed hundreds of civilians, destroyed the infrastructure, and forced more than half a million people out of their homes. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

29 July 2019 In Local News

The Assad regime and Russia continue to target medical centers and field hospitals in rural Hama and Idlib. Airstrikes targeted medical workers in the town of Kafarzeita in rural Hama on Sunday, killing three volunteers with the ambulance system at the Hama Free Health Directorate.

Local activists said that Russian jets directly hit an ambulance belonging to the Free Health Directorate in Hama near Kafarzeita, killing two paramedics and the driver.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Directorate called on the United Nations and the international community to shoulder their responsibilities with regard to stopping the bombing and the protection of medical workers.

The Assad regime and its Russian ally are stepping up their attacks on northwestern Syria, killing any semblance of life and targeting medical workers and ambulances, the statement said. “These attacks violate all international conventions and norms enshrined in the UN resolutions on the safety of civilians and the sparing of medical and humanitarian workers.”

“In a new violation against medical workers, the Russian occupation air force bombed an ambulance belonging to the Free Health Directorate on Sunday, killing paramedics Mustafa al-Hassan and Suleiman al-Mohammed and the driver Abdelbaset Mubarak.”

The Directorate said that it would continue to help civilians and to save lives.

According to monitoring groups, the Russian and Assad regime forces have targeted 63 medical centers, 27 civil defense centers, 91 educational facilities, eight IDPs camps, 14 bakeries, 13 public markets, two water stations, and three power plants since the start of their military escalation in northwestern Syria in February.

Around 90 days ago, the Assad regime and Russian air forces stepped up aerial bombardment of the liberated areas, mainly targeting vital civilian centers such as hospitals, schools, and civil defense centers. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

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