The President of the Syrian Coalition, Anas al-Abda, met with representatives of civic groups and services institutions operating in the province of Idlib on Saturday as part of a tour to discuss the latest developments in northwestern Syria which has been subjected to fierce onslaught by the Assad regime and Russia since last April.
The meeting discussed the possible political, services and humanitarian ways to support the resilience of civilians in the face of the barbaric bombing campaign against the liberated areas.
President Al-Abda gave an overview of the plan of action of the new presidential body and the political committee to develop the work of the Coalition and its institutions. He stressed the importance of correcting the past mistakes and the advancement of the institutions of the revolution to be able to provide services to civilians in the liberated areas.
President Al-Abda praised the efforts of civic groups operating in difficult conditions in the areas that are subjected to grave violations, stressing that these sacrifices “will not be forgotten or erased from the memory of the Syrian people.”
Moreover, Al-Abda said that the Coalition has made extensive consultations with the states supporting the Syrian revolution and the United Nations to put an end to the bombardment of residential areas as well as civilian and medical facilities.
The Coalition puts the wellbeing of civilians in Idlib on top of its priorities. Our number one priority is ensuring protection for civilians and providing services to millions of civilians in the liberated areas.” He underscored that the targeting of civilians is a war crime punishable by the International Law. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition stressed that the international community is urgently required to carry out its duties to protect civilians in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria who are being subjected to daily bombardment. It also called for putting an end to the Assad regime and Russia’s crimes and prevent them from pursuing a military option and refusing to engage in the escape political process.
In a press release issued on Sunday, the Coalition called upon the international community to seriously work on finding a comprehensive political solution in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254.
“Towns and villages in northwestern Syria continue to be subjected to a series of airstrikes as part of the Assad regime’s escalating bombing campaign backed by the Russian occupation air force against civilians in different areas of northern rural Hama and Idlib,” the Coalition added.
The brutal bombardment of the town of Muhambel in rural Idlib at dawn on Saturday resulted in a massacre claiming the lives of at least 12 civilians, mostly women and children, while dozens more were wounded.
The Coalition also said that the shelling also caused fires and widespread destruction to civilian homes and property, forcing many people to flee.
“There is no need for more speculation about this bloody reality that has been ongoing on for years. The Assad regime continues to commit war crimes and violate existing agreements let alone insisting on a military option and refusing to engage in the political process.”
The Coalition went on: “Nonetheless, the resistance of the rebel fighters, who have shown heroic steadfastness in both word and deed, is stiffening with every passing day. They have shown absolute determination to defend the freedom of the Syrian people and the options of their revolution despite the international inaction.”
“The international community must not allow this reality to continue, nor can it expect that the Assad regime or its allies will stop committing massacres and crimes. This means that the demands and responsibilities placed upon the international community are still in place and that it must shoulder its obligations to maintain international peace and security.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)