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25 February 2020 In Coalition News

Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition’s Office in rural Aleppo, Ahmed Shehadi, conducted a tour of inspection on the battlefronts in Idlib province where he met with fighters of the Syrian National Army (SNA) shortly before the start of the counterattack the SNA launched to recapture the town of Al-Nairab. The battle ended with the liberation of the town from the Assad regime forces and Iranian sectarian militias.

Shehadi praised the courage being shown by the SNA fighters and the immense sacrifices they are making to defend the liberated areas and to fend off the Russia and Assad regime’s barbaric onslaught against civilians in Idlib and rural Aleppo.

Shehadi stressed the need to close ranks and commit to the principles and goals of the revolution until the toppling of the Assad regime, ending injustice against the Syrian people, and regaining freedom and dignity.

The SNA has recently counterattacked in Idlib province, recapturing the town of Al-Nairab and Maaret Aliya from regime forces and their allied Iranian militias. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)

25 February 2020 In Coalition News

The delegation of the Syrian National Coalition to Geneva held several meetings with international humanitarian aid organizations on the sidelines of the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Yasser Al-Farhan, Coordinator of the National Commission for the Defense of Detainees and Missing Persons, spoke about the disastrous humanitarian situation in Idlib and the southwestern rural Aleppo and the mass exodus of civilians resulting from the Russia and Assad regime’s intensifying onslaught on the region.

Al-Farhan stressed the role of humanitarian organizations in alleviating the humanitarian catastrophe as he reviewed the staggering figures of the people who have been internally displaced from their homes in recent weeks. He stressed the urgent need to provide humanitarian and relief assistance to the IDP.

Al-Farhan talked about the plans being put up by international organizations to address the humanitarian catastrophe in northwestern Syria, especially in light of the destruction of vital civilian centers and medical facilities.

Moreover, Al-Farhan pointed to the need to accurately describe the humanitarian situation and send legal notes to the United Nations with the aim of putting more international pressure on Russia to stop its aggression against civilians in the region. He demanded that the regime must not be allowed to interfere in the work of humanitarian organizations or politicize their work.

He underscored the necessity of delivering aid to the most vulnerable groups, warning of the Assad regime’s seizure of the UN aid and use it for military purposes.

Hassan Khalil, member of the General Assembly, spoke about Russia, the Assad regime, and Iran’s use of internationally prohibited weapons against civilians in Idlib.

A delegation from the Syrian National Coalition on Monday travelled to the Swiss city of Geneva to participate in the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council which kicked off earlier. The delegation will seek to highlight the crimes Russia and the Assad regime are committing against civilians in Syria, especially in Idlib and rural Aleppo. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)

25 February 2020 In Coalition News

The delegation of the Syrian National Coalition to Geneva attended a special event on the detainees and forcibly disappeared people in the prisons the Assad regime on the sidelines of the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Keynote speakers included the foreign ministers of Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and Liechtenstein. Sumaya al-Olabi, a female survivor from the prisons of the Assad regime, spoke about her experience in detention, recounting the horrors and brutal methods of torture against detainees.

The attendees reviewed the various crimes the Assad regime is committing against the detainees and verified figures of the detainees and forcibly disappeared people. They stressed the importance of accountability and that there will be no peace without accountability.

Fadl Abdel-Ghani, director of the Syrian Network for Human Rights, presented a report the Network prepared under the title ‘Crushing Humanity’ highlighting the methods of torture used in regime prisons.

The participants underscored that the effects of the issue of detainees extend beyond the victims themselves to affect their families, calling for paying more attention to this issue and address it in implementation of international resolutions, most importantly UN resolution 2254 and the Geneva Communique of 2012. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)

25 February 2020 In Coalition News

The Syrian National Coalition’s Department of Foreign Relations held its periodic meeting on Tuesday. The meeting, which brought together members of the Coalition’s department and managers of regional offices, focused on the extremely dire conditions in Idlib and the latest political developments.

Participants in the meeting discussed the plight of the internally displaced people in northwestern Syria as they noted the important efforts made to raise the level of the humanitarian response and the experience of the United Nations with it as well as the decision to increase the number of humanitarian aid trucks from 50 trucks to 100 trucks per day. They indicated that the aid still falls short of meeting the needs of the IDP.

Members of the Department stressed the need to continue with the efforts to urgently establish a mechanism to evacuate the critical injuries for treatment. They instructed representatives of the Coalition to permanently communicate with the European Union and the United States to urge an increased response to relief and humanitarian needs.

Moreover, the meeting stressed the need for the international community to take serious action to put pressure on Russia and Iran to agree to an immediate ceasefire in northwestern Syria and abide by the de-escalation agreement.

Members of the Department pointed out that there is only a political solution in Syria through the implementation of international resolutions, most importantly UN resolution 2254 and the Geneva Communique of 2012. They stressed that the shift of ​​control on the ground does not change the nature of the solution which in its essence stresses the need for democratic, political transition in the country.

Directors of the regional offices submitted reports on their work and the tasks that they have carried out in recent weeks. The meeting discussed mechanisms for implementing the Department's plan of action for March and April.

Participants also focused on the need to further strengthen the relations with friendly and sisterly countries with the aim of mobilizing support for the demands of the Syrian revolution and engaging in a sustainable political process for the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)

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