As part of the work of the Syrian-Turkish Joint Committee to follow up on the affairs of the Syrian refugees in Turkey, the Turkish authorities agreed to allow a number of the newly deported Syrian refugees to return to Turkey.
The returnees, who entered Turkey through Bab al-Hawa border crossing, were received by the Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition’s Office of Refugees and Displaced Persons Amal Sheikho who confirmed that the returnees arrived safely. She thanked the Turkish government for its cooperation.
Sheikho said that the Coalition submitted a list of the names of Syrian refugees to the Turkish authorities within the work of the Joint Committee. After studying their cases, the Turkish authorities approved the return of six refugees as a first batch, pending approval of the rest of the names.
The Coalition has launched on its official website a special page to follow up on the affairs of Syrian refugees and residents in Turkey within the framework of the work of the Joint Committee.
The page allows Syrian nationals in Turkey who have certain issues to submit their information and documents to be examined with the Turkish authorities.
The Joint Committee comprises the Turkish Deputy Minister of the Interior, the head of the Turkish Directorate General for Migration Management, and a number of senior Interior Ministry officials. The Syrian side includes the Coalition president, the relevant Coalition officials, and a number of Turkey-based Syrian organizations. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition honored the Syrian athletes who represented the Syrian Revolution in international tournaments and won medals.
In a meeting organized by the Coalition’s Office of Sports Federations and Unions with members of the Syrian Olympic Committee and its registered athletes, the Coalition President Anas Al-Abdah presented shields of honor to the athletes who won medals at the Eurasia Open Championship of Kung Fu Wushu which has recently been held in the Turkish capital Ankara as well as in the Kickboxing Championship held in the Turkish province of Sakarya.
Speaking to the winners, Al-Abda stressed that "your greatest honor is holding the flag of the Syrian revolution amongst athletes from different countries of the world.” He also underscored the important role of these achievements in “publicizing our cause and our revolution.”
Vice-president Oqab Yahya congratulated the winner athletes as he stressed that “the rebellious Syrians have proved once again their capabilities through these sports victories. He expressed the hope that the Syrian athletes will achieve more success.
For his part, Secretary General of the Coalition, Abdul Basit Abdul Latif, stressed the Coalition's readiness to support the Syrian Olympic Committee and to communicate with the Turkish side to provide the Syrian athletes with the necessary services. He said these prizes are a victory for the revolution as the battle against the regime is not limited to the political and military levels.
Coordinator of the Office of Sports Federations and Unions, Abdul Majid Barakat, said that the Coalition is working to form unified sports federations, pointing to positive signs to unify the sports activities from most parties.
Barakat also talked about the importance of participation in all sports tournaments under the flag of the Syrian revolution. He promised to communicate with the Turkish and international sports authorities to coordinate with them, adding that they will request a meeting with the Turkish Minister of Youth and Sports for this purpose. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The United States vowed to hold the Assad regime accountable for its crimes in Syria in a statement marking the sixth anniversary of the Assad regime's biggest chemical attack on the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta that killed nearly 1,500 civilians, including children and women.
The Assad regime's “barbaric history of using chemical weapons against its own people cannot and will not be forgotten or tolerated,” the State Department said in a statement commemorating the one-year anniversary of the “horrific” chemical attack.
The statement stressed that Washington remains determined to "hold the Assad regime accountable for these heinous acts and will continue to pursue all efforts alongside partner countries to ensure that those involved in chemical attacks face serious consequences.”
“Assad and others in his regime who believe they can continue using chemical weapons with impunity are mistaken.“
On August 21, 2013, Assad regime forces launched chemical attack with the nerve agent sarin on the Ghouta district in Damascus, killing nearly 1,500 people and wounding more than 10,000 others, mostly women and children.
The Syrian Coalition condemned the crimes of the Assad regime and its allies as they are seeking to suppress the revolution for freedom and dignity. The Coalition stressed that the international system is to blame for the Assad regime’s continued crimes as the this system has so far failed to fulfill its duty and allowed these crimes to take place. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)
The UN reiterated its warning that the lives of around three million people in northwestern Syria, many of them are women and children, are at dire risk because of the offensive the Assad regime and Russia launched in the region.
''The Secretary-General said that he is deeply troubled by the continued escalation in north-west Syria and the prospect of an offensive deeper into Idlib, which could trigger a new wave of human suffering possibly impacting more than 3 million people," Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, told a press conference late Wednesday.
Guterres strongly condemned ongoing attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including healthcare and educational facilities.
''And between 1 May and 18 August of this year, 576,000 movements by displaced people have been recorded in the north‑west of the country," Dujarric said.
''The Secretary-General reiterates his urgent call for the September 2018 Memorandum of Understanding on Idlib to be upheld," Dujarric added, referring to a cease-fire deal reached between Turkey and Russia.
A UN official said they had received disturbing reports of increasing displacement in the area, while local activists pointed out that the humanitarian situation in the area is tragic, with people sleeping in vehicles or spending the nights out in the open.
Meanwhile, head of the Turkish Red Crescent Society, Kerem Kinik, warned against the repetition of the Aleppo scenario in Idlib, pointing to the impossibility of absorbing around three million of displaced people in camps near the border.
Kinik added that the Assad regime continues to target civilians in Idlib, causing chaos and a new waves of displacement towards the country’s northwest. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)
The Syrian Network for Human Rights on Wednesday issued a special report to mark the sixth anniversary of the notorious chemical attack the Assad regime launched in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta on August 21, 2013. The Network warned the international community that its silence about the Assad regime’s repeated use of chemical weapons risk encouraging other regimes to use this internationally prohibited weapon.
The report indicated that the Assad regime is the only regime that used chemical weapons against its own people and repeated its use in blatant defiance of the international community. It pointed out that this crime risk encouraging other regimes with brutal, barbaric mentality to use these weapons.
The Network said that the Syrian people expected that the international community would completely isolate the Assad regime as this crime, under the international law, constituted a threat to international peace and security.
The response of the international community, which forced the regime to surrender the weapon it used in the crime while leaving the criminal at large, has encouraged the regime not to surrender the entirety of its cache of chemical weapons. It also encouraged the regime to use this weapon many times with the support of states that do not show any respect for human rights, such as Iran and Russia.
The monitoring group stressed that the Ghouta chemical attack was not the first of its kind, but it was the biggest in terms of the casualties it caused and the geographical area it affected. It noted that the attack killed at least 1,127 people, including 107 children and 201 women as well as injured about 5,935 people.
The SNHR pointed out that the Assad regime used chemical weapons in 156 attacks following the Ghouta Massacre as of December 12, 2016, the date of the chemical attack on the Aqiribat region in eastern rural Hama. It also used these weapons in 13 attacks as of April 4, 2017, the date of the sarin attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rural Idlib. It also used chemical weapons in 14 attacks as of April 7, 2018, the date of the chlorine attack on the town of Douma in Rural Damascus, and one time as of May, 19 2019, the date of the chlorine attack on the town of Kabbina in eastern rural Lattakia.
The Network called on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to identify those responsible for the May 19 attack on Kabbinah and the rest of the chemical attacks.
The Network called on the UN Security Council and the international community to assume their responsibilities and abstain from establishing any relations with a regime that uses weapons of mass destruction against civilians in our modern era and right under the eyes of the whole world. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)