Syrian Coalition: Russia’s Unconditional Support for Assad Impedes Progress towards Political Solution
Louay Safi, spokesman for the Syrian Coalition, said that Russia’s warnings against arming the FSA with anti-aircraft weapons are inconsistent with the international role that the Russians are expected to play to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis. Safi also stresses that “if the Russians were really positive in their attitude towards the Syrian people, they should stop their military support for the Assad regime.” In response to statements by the Russian Foreign…Read more
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Turkish Ministry of Higher Education to Ensure the Payment of Premiums for University Syrian Students The Turkish Ministry of Higher Education said it decided to take upon the payment of all premiums for Syrian university students through their inclusion within the list of “Students of Turkey’s Neighboring Countries.” Accordingly, all amounts paid to the university during the last semester will be refunded to Syrian students. The Syrian students will get health care which ensures free health services and medicines at low rates. The Turkish Supreme Education Council issued a decree includes helping Syrian undergraduates and graduate students who may have dropped out or may drop out because of security concerns and violence practiced by the forces of the Assad regime. (Source: Syrian Coalition)
Five Million Syrian Citizens Victims of Regime’s Violations The Syrian Network for Human Rights released a report that documents the violations committed by the forces of the Assad regime against the Syrian civilians. According to the report, 110,000 Syrian citizens were killed by regime forces since the beginning of the Syrian Revolution in mid-March 2011, including 13,597 children, and 12,825 thousand women. Regime forces arrested more than 215,000 Syrian citizen, including 85,000 who were forcedly disappeared and 9,250 children and more than 4,580 women. This report also documented the death of 3,750 citizens under torture in the regime’s prisons, including 92 children and 31 women. Assad’s raped more than 7,520 women, and destroyed 900,000 buildings. More than 6.395 million Syrians have been internally displaced, while more than 4.5 million Syrians are in need of food aid. More than 3.6 million Syrians fled to neighboring countries. According to the report, the Assad regime has been using siege as a weapon of war, causing the death of more than 846 ctr because of the siege and hunger. (Source: Syrian Network for Human Rights + Syrian Coalition)
“The King Does Not Die;” A Syrian Film Reflects the Life of A Child In Assad’s Prisons The film titled “The King Does Not Die” depicts the real events that took place in the prisons of the Assad regime in Syria. The film, directed by Yamen Maghribi, narrates the story of Michel Kilo, a Syrian writer who was detained by the Assad regime. The film depicts how Kilo was ordered to tell a story to a child sitting in a cell with his mother, but Kilo, the prisoner, was unable to go on with the story, which he began with the word “a bird, but the child wonders: What does a “bird” mean? It turns out that the child was born in the prison and grew to reach the age of five years without seeing the outside world, whie his mother was arrested as a hostage in order to put pressure on her father to give himself up. The film tells part of the bitter reality which many Syrians have experienced and still experiencing in the cellars of the Assad’s prisons. Maghribi wrote on his Facebook page that “this film was made as a simple courtesy for Syria and the Syrian people and not for arbitration committees. I hope this work raise the name of my country high. (Source: Syrian Coalition)
Five Regime Army Officers Killed In Qalamoun As Regime Forces Violate the Truce In Babila Five regime officers were killed during clashes with the FSA in Qalamoun. Activists said the officers are Captain Alaa’ Ibrahim, Captain Salman Ahmed Darwish and Major Ali Dergham. Regime forces launched aerial bombardment on Yabroud land Falita in Qalamoun, while regime forces violated the truce signed with the FSA in the town of Babila and opened fire on civilians killing one person and wounding others. In the meantime, Assad’s air force renewed air raids on Darayya, Kafr Batna and Deir al-Asafeer, while the FSA clashed with regime forces on the Southern Bypass near Zamalka and Al Tadamon districts. (Source: Syrian Coalition + LCC)
FSA Capture Regime Checkpoints in Khan Sheikhoun of Idlib The FSA captured Al Madrasa, Al Zafiri and Al Sawwadi checkpoints near the city of Khan Shaikhoun in rural Idlib after violent clashes with regime forces. Regime forces launched aerial shelling on the perimeter of the city, causing civilian casualties and material damage. (Source: Syrian Coalition + LCC)
Clashes near the Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo The Free Syrian Army clashed with regime forces on the perimeter of the Umayyad Mosque in the Old city of Aleppo and in Karm Al Tarrab and Sheikh Najjar districts, while regime forces launched air raids on the districts of Masaken Hanano, Qattanah and Al Mashhad of Aleppo. Regime forces also conducted aerial raids on the towns of Fafeen and Bishqateen, causing civilian casualties and material damage. (Source: Syrian Coalition + LCC)
FSA Clashes with Regime Forces in Sheikh Misqin of Dara’a The FSA fighters clashed with regime forces in Sheikh Misqin in rural Dara’, alongside shelling by regime forces. Clashes also broke out between the FSA and regime forces in the town of Gharz. Regime forces conducted artillery and mortar shelling on the towns of Inkhil, Yadodeh Um al-Maiaden and Quheil, causing civilian casualties and material damage. (Source: Syrian Coalition + LCC)
Davutoğlu: What is happening in Syria is a threat to the entire world.
UNICEF: 2,000 Syrian children in Lebanon under the risk of starvation.
Moallimi: We will return to the Security Council if the Assad regime does not comply with the UNSC resolution.
Preserving independence and national sovereignty and maintaining the Syrian people's unity within the same Syrian soil is one of the critical pillars of the Syrian Coalition. The Coalition aims to overthrow the Assad regime along with all its symbols and pillars. It also aims to dismantle its security apparatus and hold accountable those involved in crimes against Syrians. In addition, it seeks to achieve a transition to a pluralistic, democratic and civil Syria.