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15 August 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian National Coalition said that the atrocities being caused by the Assad regime and Russia's ongoing brutal bombing campaign in Idlib and rural Hama countryside require concrete, firm international action to force the aggressor parties to withdraw their forces immediately.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Coalition said that the bombardment and shelling did not stop during the Eid al-Adha holidays. It stressed that these attacks led to a new series of violations and crimes in rural Idlib and Hama, describing these attacks as “blatant violations of the existing agreements and understandings that are supposed to have been safeguarded by international guarantees.”

“These grave recent developments risk causing yet new major disasters for the Syrian people, the region and beyond, which require strong international condemnation and a swift, firm action by the friends of the Syrian people,” the Coalition said. It noted that such action must “ensure an end to this brutal onslaught and force the aggressor parties to withdraw their forces immediately.”

“The Free Syrian Army groups are still holding their ground as they are sparing no effort to repel the ongoing onslaught. Over the past few days, this ongoing onslaught forced thousands of civilians out of their homes and left them with no shelter.”

The Coalition added: “There is an urgent need, therefore, for accommodation centers and camps to shelter the displaced civilians until military operations stop and the IDPs are able to return to their towns and villages.”

The Coalition held the leaders of the free world and the friends of the Syrian people responsible for the failure of the international community to take the necessary action and concrete steps to stop these attacks and violations.

The Coalition also held them responsible for the international community’s failure to take the necessary political, military decisions and steps to save the lives of unarmed civilians in this region which is already home to millions of civilians displaced from across Syria. (Source: Syrian National Coalition)

15 August 2019 In Local News

The Syrian Civil Defense mourned one of its volunteers who was killed in a Russian double tap airstrike while trying to rescue a civilian near the village of Basika in southern rural Idlib on Wednesday. The Assad regime and Russian air forces bombed at least 29 healthcare facilities in the provinces of Idlib and Hama, causing dozens of civilian casualties.

The Civil Defense Corpse said that the volunteer Younis Ballouz was killed in line of duty, adding that he was killed while trying to help victims of the Russian and Assad regime bombardment and pulling people from under the rubble.

Local activists said that 29-year-old paramedic Mohammad Mshanen and 34-year-old ambulance driver Fadi al-Omar were also killed in Russian airstrikes in rural Hama. They used to work with the SAMS ambulance system.

Local media outlets reported that the bombardment and shelling intensified in the last two days with the aim of maximizing casualties among civilians and forcing the FSA groups to retreat.

A total of 88 airstrikes pummeled towns and villages in rural Idlib on Wednesday, 45 of which were launched by the Russian jets. Of these, at least 36 targeted the town of Tamana’a. The region was also hit with more than 51 barrel bombs as well as 506 artillery and rocket shells, 245 of which pounded the town of Tamana’a. Ninety rockets and heavy artillery shells targeted the town of Khan Sheikhoun, according to the civil defense.

The Syrian National Coalition on Tuesday warned of a new humanitarian disaster affecting countries of the region and beyond, calling for urgent, serious international action to stop the military operations and relieve the displaced people and those in need. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)

15 August 2019 In Local News

Nearly 100,000 people were displaced from their homes during Eid al-Adha holidays as a result of the ferocious onslaught being launched by the Assad regime and Russia on towns and villages in the de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria.

According to local activists, more than 92,119 people were displaced from their homes in northern rural Hama and southern rural Idlib in the past four days, 40,461 of whom were displaced in the past 48 hours alone. The majority of those displaced are staying in farmlands and on the sides of public roads.

The Smart local news networks said that hundreds of other families are loading their luggage as they ready themselves to flee towards northern rural Idlib to escape the barbaric bombardment and shelling.

Local civil institutions have called for the opening of shelters, schools and IDP camps to receive the large numbers of displaced people, calling on international organizations to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs of the IDPs.

Civil and media organizations earlier launched a humanitarian campaign to mobilize support for the people being displaced from northern rural Hama and southern rural Idlib.

In addition to the mass displacement of civilians, the intensive aerial bombardment by the Assad regime and Russia forces on rural Hama and Idlib have killed hundreds of civilians and caused widespread destruction to the infrastructure in the liberated areas, especially hospitals and schools. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)

15 August 2019 In Coalition News

Chairman of the Syrian Supreme Hajj Committee, Abdurrahman Mustafa, met with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the Mina Palace in Makkah as part of the annual meeting with the Arab and Islamic hajj missions on the second day of Eid al-Adha.

Mustafa thanked King Salman bin Abdulaziz for the Kingdom’s efforts to serve the pilgrims as he praised the work done by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and its good planning and wise management of this year's Hajj season. He stressed that all services were available in addition to the necessary safety and health centers.

“We are grateful for the services provided by the Kingdom this year to serve the pilgrims,” Mustafa said. “I thank Saudi Arabia, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and His Highness the Crown Prince for their constructive, constant positions in support of the Syrian people and their revolution as well as for standing by the Syrian people as they are seeking to achieve the goals of the revolution for freedom, justice and dignity.”

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had granted the Syrian National Coalition the exclusive right to manage the pilgrimage for Syrian nationals seven years ago. As many as 22,500 Syrian pilgrims performed hajj this season, while another 200 others performed the ritual as part of the royal gift the King Salman bin Abdulaziz offered to the Syrian National Coalition for the second consecutive year. (Source: Syrian National Coalition)

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