Syrian National Coalition - Syria
Department of Media and Communications
February 11, 2020
The Assad regime forces on Tuesday launched a deadly attack claiming the lives of dozens of civilians and injuring dozens more when the Assad regime's jets bombed residential neighborhoods in the city of Idlib and the industrial zone with several missiles. The bombing also caused massive destruction, while civil defense teams rushed to the site of the attack to rescue the victims .
Every time the Assad regime and Russia suffer losses, whether political or military losses, they exact revenge on innocent civilians.
For the past several years, the Syrian people have been showing legendary resistance in the face of the murder and criminality machine of Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime despite continued inaction by the international community and its refusal to shoulder its responsibilities.
The heroism the Syrian National Army fighters are showing in Idlib today is the appropriate response to the atrocities Russia, the Assad regime, and Iran are committing in Syria. It is imperative that the free world support the opposition fighters and enable them to fend off the onslaught on Idlib and protect innocent civilians from the Assad regime and its backers. The free word is required to take swift action to enable the people in northwestern Syria to stay in their land and allow the return of hundreds of thousands of people who were displaced by the Russian Air Force.
May our heroes emerge victorious. My our fallen heroes rest in peace. May our wounded recover.
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A delegation from the Syrian National Coalition met Robert Rohde, Germany’s Ambassador for the Negotiations on Syria and Head of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon & Anti ISIS Strategy Division at the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin on Monday. The visit came as part of the international campaign being carried out by the Coalition to mobilize support for Idlib and bring an end to the Assad regime’s and Russia’s onslaught on the region.
The delegation comprised Secretary-General Abdel Baset Abdel Latif and Coordinator of the Department of External Relations Abdulahad Astepho. They highlighted the dire humanitarian situation in Syria, particularly in Idlib and southwestern rural Aleppo resulting from the Assad regime and its allies’ relentless bombardment and shelling. They also stressed the urgent need for collective action to address the humanitarian crisis by taking immediate measures to provide humanitarian assistance and meet the basic and urgent needs, especially shelter and healthcare services.
The delegation stressed the need for friendly states to assume their role in putting an end to military operations, protecting civilians, stopping the mass displacement of civilians, and providing unfettered, urgent humanitarian aid to those in need.
The delegation called on the German side to seek further coordination and cooperation with the Coalition and its institutions in order to confront the challenges at all levels, especially with regard to supporting stability and preserving the sovereignty of Syria and its territorial integrity. They stressed the need for calling on all the concerned parties to engage responsibly to reach an inclusive politician solution through the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254.
The delegation also met representatives of civil society organizations and the Syrian community in Germany with whom they discussed the latest political and on the ground developments as well as ways to activate the work of the community and unify efforts to serve the Syrian community in Germany. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Army launched a counter attack against the Assad regime forces and their allies in the Saraqib region in eastern rural Idlib with Turkish military support.
Local activists said that the opposition fighters had regained control of large parts of the town of Al-Nayrab, inflicting heavy losses on Assad's forces.
The opposition fighters shot down a helicopter belonging to the Assad regime forces and damaged another one, forcing it to make an emergency landing. Activists on Tuesday published a video showing the helicopter in flames while falling down near the town of Qmeinas east of Idlib.
Local media outlets indicated that the opposition fighters killed and injured dozens of regime forces and destroyed a tank in the town of Al-Nayrab.
They also destroyed a 23-mm machine gun belonging to regime forces outside the town of Dadikh in eastern rural Idlib using an anti-tank guided missile. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Civil Defense on Tuesday said that seven civilians were killed and 22 others wounded in Assad regime airstrikes that hit central Idlib and the industrial zone.
Deadly Russian airstrikes on Monday killed at least 22 people in western rural Aleppo. Meanwhile, the Syrian National Coalition sent letters and memos to the United Nations and Friends of the Syrian People urging an end to the atrocious crimes against civilians in Idlib and rural Aleppo.
Local activists said that aerial bombardment killed nine civilians and injured 13 others, many of them women and children, in the town of Abyan Samaan in western rural Aleppo.
The victims also included a civilian who was killed in airstrikes that hit the town of Al-Atareb west of Aleppo. Violent airstrikes and barrel bomb attacks pummeled no fewer than eight towns and villages in Idlib province on Monday.
Bombardment and shelling by the Assad regime and Russian forces killed and injured more than 44 people, including women and children, in rural Aleppo on Sunday.
President of the Syrian National Coalition, Anas al-Abda, on Monday sent a legal memorandum to the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, stressing that “the continued failure of the international community to save the Syrian people from the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the World War II will lead to the breakdown of the credibility of international institutions in the eyes of peoples and governments.”
Al-Abda said: “The time has come to demonstrate the ability of the United Nations to carry out its duties by adopting urgent, new and effective strategies that protect the Syrian people, reform the international organization and salvage its credibility.” (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)