The Coordinator of the Office of Refugee Affairs in the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Salim Idris, strongly condemned the Hezbollah militia for its ongoing and atrocious crimes against the Syrian population. In response to recent statements made by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, where he acknowledged the occupation of villages, towns, and farms in the Qusayr region of Homs province and other areas, Idris emphasized that Hezbollah’s actions extend beyond Qusayr and affect all Syrians.
Idris emphasized that Syrian refugees in Lebanon eagerly await the opportunity to return to their homeland, but this can only happen when certain conditions are met. At the very least, they must be assured that they will not face persecution from the regime’s shabiha, security forces, the criminal army of the regime, or Hezbollah checkpoints scattered across Qusayr, Qalamoun, and various other regions in Syria.
Furthermore, Idris highlighted that Nasrallah’s speech conveniently ignored the collaborative efforts between Hezbollah and the Assad regime’s forces. These include looting, pillaging, destruction of homes, cutting down trees, and sabotaging wells. They have even gone so far as to steal essential agricultural machinery and equipment, leaving the affected areas devoid of the basic necessities of life.
Idris stressed that the crimes committed by the Hezbollah militia in Syria cannot go unpunished. The Syrian refugees in Lebanon, along with the Syrian people, are now urging the international community, human rights organizations, the UN Secretary-General, and Human Rights Watch to condemn Hezbollah’s crimes in Syria.
He called for the accountability of Nasrallah, his field commanders, and the militants for the war crimes they have committed in Syria. Additionally, Idris demanded that Hezbollah and the dictatorial Assad regime provide full financial compensation to all families affected by the looting and destruction, which amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars. He also called for the unconditional withdrawal of the Hezbollah militia from Syria.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)