In an attempt to prevent the repetition of the incidents that took place in the Druze town of Qalb Louzeh, president Khoja and representatives of rebel leaders met with the Lebanese Minister of Health and the envoy of the Progressive Socialist Party Wael Abu Faour yesterday in Istanbul. The two sides discussed ways to contain the repercussions of the incident in the village a number of civilians were killed in an attack by elements of Al-Nusra Front.
They agreed to form a joint committee whose task will resolving any dispute that may arise in the future, while representatives of rebel factions present at the meeting pledged to protect residents of the village and to ensure non-recurrence of this incident.
It was stressed during the meeting that it was an individual incident that does not reflect the position of any Syrian. Rebel leaders also confirmed that the Nusra member, a Tunisian, who committed the crime has already been arrested and referred to trial. They stresses the unity of Syria’s social fabric and reiterates rejection of prejudice to any component of this social fabric.
President Khoja stressed during the meeting that Syria’s Druze Community are primarily Syrian citizens a key component of Syrian society, adding that protection of this community is one of the primary duties of the mainstream Syrian Rebels.
Member of the political committee Hadi Al-Bahra emphasizes the common principles that bring the Syrian people together, adding that Syria is a homeland to all Syrians and its social components are indivisible and cannot be compromised.
Bahra referred particularly to Sweida province, stressing that it will remain a part of Syria, and that its residents are brothers who have brilliant history in preserving the unity of Syria’s land and people. (Source: Syrian Coalition)