President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Alabdah called on member states of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) to take urgent action in order to force the Assad regime to stop its brutal onslaught on Aleppo.
In a letter addressed to foreign ministers of ISSG on Tuesday, Alabdah highlighted the desperate humanitarian situation in Aleppo as the regime and its allies continue their relentless indiscriminate bombardment of the city and its countryside.
“Over the past two days, regime and Russian air forces escalated their attacks with systematic targeting of vital civilian infrastructure; particularly medical facilities…All hospitals in Aleppo have gone out of service leaving hundreds of those injured by the indiscriminate bombardment at risk of losing their lives due to complete lack of medical care,” Alabdah said.
The letter added: “Not only does this outrageous escalation constitute a further crime in the regime’s long bloody record of barbarity, but it runs in the face of all international resolutions including UNSCR 2254 and 2268 which endorsed the Cessation of Hostilities agreement. Such grave violations make it increasingly unlikely for any political talks to take place let alone for a political solution to succeed.”
Alabdah also said that the Syrian Coalition is “outraged by the regime’s continuous disregard to basic principles of international law and international resolutions.” He stressed that the Assad regime “can only persist in this criminality as long as it enjoys the impunity it has enjoyed so far by international inaction let alone the active support of its allies, particularly Russia.”
“As member states of the International Syria Support Group, your governments have the responsibility to translate words into action and make sure that the regime’s crimes against its own people no longer goes without consequences.”
Alabdah warned that the liberated areas of Aleppo, home to more than 300,000 civilians, have been under de-facto siege for over a week as its only outlet, the Castello Road, was under continuous bombardment by the Assad regime and its allied militias putting at risk the lives of civilians trapped in those areas.
Alabdah demanded immediate and decisive action by ISSG to compel the Assad regime to abide by the terms of the CoH, lift sieges on all civilian areas and allow unfettered and immediate nationwide humanitarian access. “In particular, ISSG must take all necessary measures to force the regime to halt, immediately, its atrocities in Aleppo.”
All hospitals in Aleppo have gone out of service leaving hundreds of those injured by the indiscriminate bombardment at risk of losing their lives for complete lack of medical care.
Reports coming from Aleppo indicate that banned and indiscriminate weapons including cluster bombs, barrel bombs, thermobaric bombs are being used by the regime and its allies in their barbaric bombardment of residential areas in Aleppo. (Source: Syrian Coalition)