Hadi al-Bahra, member of the Syrian National Coalition’s political committee, stressed that pursuing a military solution “is an illusion that the regime and its backers need to give up.” He stressed that any solution must be accepted by the Syrian people.
In an interview with Zeitoun media outlet, Al-Bahra pointed to the need to reinvigorate the UN-led political process in Geneva after the establishment of a ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid to the IDPs. He underscored that there is no alternative to a political solution in the framework of the Geneva process being facilitated by the United Nations to implement UN Security Council resolution 2254.
Al-Bahra said that the Syrian people are still able to influence the military and political courses, noting that the rebel fighters succeeded in delivering several messages, the most important of which is that they still have the will to hold their ground and defend themselves and their people.
Moreover, Al-Bahra held the Security Council directly responsible for the safety and protection of civilians in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria. He pointed out that the UN Security Council approved the memorandums of understanding that were supposed to secure safe areas for civilians refusing to remain in the regime-held areas.
Rebel fighters in Idlib "are sacrificing their lives in the face of the world’s second largest military force and the sectarian militias that came from different countries as well as the military experts from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps whom he described as a “source of international terrorism.”
Al-Bahra pointed out that the main task of the Coalition is to ensure the continuation of the revolution until the aspirations of the Syrian people are met. He noted that the Coalition currently prioritizes the stepping up of contacts with all states to make a serious push towards a ceasefire and ensuring protection for Syrian civilians as well as meeting the needs of the people being displaced from the areas being targeted by the “aggressive” ongoing military campaign.
Al-Bahra said that if the attacks on the liberated areas continued beyond the M4 and M5 highways, the rebel fighters would have no choice but to defend their families and hold their ground. He pointed out that this requires a different military strategy for both defense and attack.
Al-Bahra said that our struggle with the regime aims to regain our legitimate, human, constitutional, political and legal rights through a genuine, comprehensive political transition. He pointed out that the regime and its backers have the ability to destroy, but they do not have the ability to achieve security, justice, stability and peace. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Dozens of the local residents and IDPs on Friday gathered in towns and villages in rural Aleppo and Idlib to condemn the bombing campaign the Assad regime and Russian forces have launched in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria since last April.
Local activists reported that dozens of people gathered outside Fatima al-Zahra Mosque in in the town of al-Bab in rural Aleppo to condemn the regime's shelling of towns in villages in Idlib and rural Hama.
Dozens of people demonstrated in the towns of Sajou and Kaljabrin in northern rural Aleppo and condemned the ferocious bombing campaign against the liberated areas and the international silence about the massacres taking place against civilians.
The demonstrators reaffirmed their support for the Free Syrian Army. They held signs that read “the FSA protects our land and honor,” and “open your homes for our brethren being displaced from Idlib,” and we will carry on with the revolution,” and “the Idlib battle is the battle of all rebels,”. They also held signs that reiterated the demands for the overthrow of the regime.
Dozens of residents of the city of Idlib held a demonstration in the city’s main square as they waved the flag of the revolution.
The Assad regime and Russian forces have launched a ruthless aerial and ground bombing campaign in northwestern Syria since late April, forcing hundreds of thousands of civilians from their villages and towns as well as killing and wounding hundreds of civilians and destroying houses, hospitals and schools. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The children's rights group Hurras Network highlighted the extremely dire situation facing children in northwestern Syria as a result of the barbaric onslaught the Assad regime and Russian forces have launched in the region since late April.
In a report published on Friday, the Network said the Assad regime and Russian bombing campaign has killed no fewer than 159 children in northwestern Syria since the beginning of 2019.
The report indicated that 43 children were killed in July, 42 in May, 20 in February, 17 in June, 15 in April, three in January, and two in March.
The monitoring group said that at least 17 children has been killed since the beginning of August, noting that the figure could rise significantly due to the Assad regime and Russia’s intensification of the bombardment and shelling on Idlib province.
The report pointed out that these figures represent only the victims that the rights group was able to verify, indicating that the real number could be much higher as many deaths were not documented.
The report described these killings as deliberate and unjustifiable, stressing that no excuse can justify the targeting of an apartment building sheltering dozens of families.
The Network, as a specialized group in the provision of psychosocial support, called for ensuring protection for Syrian children. It also called on the international community to take action to bring an end to the escalating onslaught on northwestern Syria, adding that the targeting of children violates all international norms and conventions. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)