Last week, the Assad regime and ISIS made a deal whereby hundreds of families of ISIS elements and injured militants were to be evacuated from the districts of Yarmouk camp and Al-Hajar al-Aswad in southern Damascus to the city of Al-Raqqa.
In a press statement released on Saturday, the Syrian Coalition said that this deal came at a time when Assad and Russia’s air forces continue to bomb civilians, hospitals, and schools across Syria. “The Assad regime shamelessly strikes deals with the very terrorist organization its Russian ally claims it intervened in Syria to fight.”
“The evacuation of ISIS elements form southern Damascus to Al-Raqqa forms part of a wider cooperation between the two sides that share the same tools of murder and criminality against the Syrian people,” the Syrian Coalition added.
The Syrian Coalition condemned this deal between the Assad regime and ISIS, adding it was reached under cover from Russia and will only result in more crimes against the Syrian people.
The Syrian Coalition emphasized the nature of the role played by the Assad regime in supporting ISIS and allowing it to grow, describing ISIS as a tool Assad uses to discredit the Syrian revolution and its sublime values.
“We call upon the international community to realize that the Assad regime, which ostensibly agreed to engage in a political process, is but a criminal regime practicing systematic state terrorism and strikes deals with terrorist organizations,” a statement issued by the Syrian Coalition said.
“The Assad regime cannot be relied upon to implement any international commitments. Moscow cannot give guarantees on Assad’s behalf to any possible political settlement as it is a partner to Assad’s state terrorism. The UN Security Council should condemn Assad and Russia’s actions in Syria and take effective measures to stop them and help bring about a viable political solution in Syria,” the statement added. (Source: Syrian Coalition)