Member of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee Mohammed Jojah said that the Assad regime’s stepping up of bombardment on the besieged neighborhood of Alwaer in Homs and other besieged areas across Syria is mainly aimed at forcing residents of these areas out of their homes to bring about a demographic change in line with Iran’s project and plans in the region. He warned that this policy would have dire consequences in Syria but also throughout the entire region.
Jojah criticized the international community’s silence over the war crimes being committed by the Assad regime and Russia against Syrian civilians, noting that the lukewarm response by the international community towards these crimes has encouraged the Assad regime and its allies to carry on with these crimes.
The UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura has been glossing over the war crimes and genocidal campaign by the Assad regime on the Syrian people across Syria, particularly in the besieged areas in eastern Aleppo and the neighborhood of Alwaer, Jojah stressed.
Regime forces have continued an intensified bombing campaign of Alwaer for the seventh consecutive day, pounding the besieged neighborhood with different types of weapons, including internationally forbidden ones such as napalm. At least 18 civilians have been killed and 150 others wounded in the ferocious shelling by regime forces on the neighborhood during the past week.
The Homs Media Center said that Alwaer has been hit by over 68 rockets, 360 artillery shells and mortars, and 50 napalm-filled bombs.
The Center said that the regime’s shelling has been concentrated on civilian homes and vital civilian facilities. At least two schools, a children’s club, a hospital, a clinic, and a shelter for displaced people supervised by the United Nations have been hit by the regime’s shelling. The shelling also caused 13 apartment buildings to collapse.
Residents trapped inside Alwaer neighborhood live in constant fear as a result of the regime’s ongoing onslaught, the Center added. It pointed out that the constant shelling and the targeting of any moving object by regime snipers have forced all schools and mosques in the neighborhood to close. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Office)