The Syrian Coalition’s Al-Jazeera and Al-Furat Committee held a series of meetings with various local committees in rural Aleppo and discussed with them the latest developments in east of the Euphrates region, the mechanism to set up local councils, and the participation of the local population in the management of their areas.
The Committee met with representatives of the Deir Ezzor Displaced People Commission, the political committee of the eastern region of Jarablus, dignitaries of the town of Al-Bukamal, and the National Eastern Conglomerate. Participants in the meeting stressed the importance of communication between the Syrian Coalition and the people who were displaced from the eastern region.
Okab Yahya, Vice-president of the Coalition and Coordinator of the Committee, said that that Coalition gives special importance to the future of the eastern region, especially in light of the US-Turkish understandings to establish a safe zone east of the Euphrates River and preparations to allow the people of the region to manage their own areas without the intervention of the PYD militia.
Yahya pointed out that the Committee recveived numerous complaints about the way relief aid is distributed to the people in the eastern region and about manipulation of the formation of local councils in the region, such as the imposition of some personalities on these councils.
For his part, Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition Abdul Basit Abdul Latif said that the Coalition is working to remove all the obstacles facing the people of the eastern region. He described the meetings as “positive and fruitful” and said: “We exchanged valuable views and visions for the future of east of the Euphrates region.”
Abdul Latif pointed out that the Coalition will work to strengthen the relationship and communications with the people of the eastern region in cooperation with the Syrian Interim Government, adding that this will reflect positively on those people’s ability to manage their own areas. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition’s political committee held its periodic meeting at the Coalition’s office in Aleppo countryside.
Members of the committee discussed the latest on the ground and political developments as well as reviewed the reports and activities carried out in recent months. They also reviewed the results of meetings held by the presidential body and the Office of Foreign Relations with representatives of friendly countries.
The committee also discussed the bloody attacks resulting from the military operations being launched by the Assad regime and Russian forces in Idlib and northern rural Hama. Members of the committee condemned the “heinous war crimes” taking place in the region as they called for an end to the bombardment and recommitment to the Idlib Agreement calling for a ceasefire in the province.
Moreover, the committee pointed to the importance of action by the international organizations to relieve civilians, especially in light of the mass waves of displacement of civilians and their threat to the host countries. They also stressed the importance of the resumption of support to the medical sector and not allowing the Assad regime and Russia to step up pressure on civilians to force them to surrender.
Hadi al-Bahra, member of the political committee and also the Syrian Negotiations Commission, briefed the committee on the Commission’s meeting with the international envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen in the Saudi capital Riyadh last week. He also gave an overview of the latest developments in the constitutional process, especially the formation of the Constitutional Committee.
The political committee also met with representatives of civil and military organizations, including the head of the political bureau of the National Liberation Front who briefed the participants on the current situation on the ground and the immense sacrifices being made by the rebel and FSA fighters to achieve the aspirations of the Syrian people for freedom and dignity. He also gave a brief on the efforts to unify the FSA formations. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian Coalition Anas al-Abda sent a letter to 26 friendly states, the Islamic Cooperation Organization, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Arab League about the atrocities taking place against civilians in Idlib and Hama as a result of the onslaught the Assad regime and Russia have launched in the region since late April.
“It is with great urgency that I write to you on behalf of the Coalition and the Syrian People as a whole to draw your attention to the catastrophic situation on the ground in Hama and Idlib provinces,” President al-Abda said.
The letter stressed that the Assad regime and Russian forces are deliberately targeting civilian infrastructure, including healthcare facilities, schools, civil defense centers, and places of worship. These attacks have left dozens of people missing, injured, and trapped under the rubble of bombed buildings.
Moreover, President al-Abda said that these attacks amounted to war crimes as he stressed that the international community is to blame as it remains silent.
“The victims of these attacks are not only the victims of the Assad regime and its allies, but also the victims of the international community’s inaction and indifference.”
The letter went on: “It is clear that the Assad regime and its allies will insist on pursuing their policies, and continue to refuse any options other than mass murder of anyone that opposes the Assad regime. It is imperative, therefore, that the international community shoulder its responsibility with regard to the ongoing atrocities.”
The letter reaffirmed that the United Nations and the international community “are capable of and have an obligation to put an end to these crimes.”
Furthermore, President al-Abda said that the ongoing atrocities were aimed at undermining efforts to responsibly and seriously engage in a political process under the auspices of the United Nations in accordance with the relevant resolutions, including UNSCR 2254 (2015).
The letter warned of the consequences of the ongoing deadly attacks in rural Hama and Idlib province, home to more than four million civilians, many of whom are IDPs multiple times.
“The continuation of this military campaign risks to create a new wave of refugees’ exodus beyond the Syrian borders.”
“We count on the good will and efforts of your government to swiftly address this critical situation with an immediate ceasefire, provision of humanitarian assistance including resumption of aid to health care facilities, and ultimately help the Syrian people fulfill their just demands of freedom, justice and dignity.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)