The Syrian National Coalition’s political committee on Thursday held its regular and discussed the Assad regime and Russia’s military escalation in Idlib province and the war crimes they are committing against civilians. The committee also discussed the US Congress’s passing of the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act and its possible impact on the situation in Syria.
Members of the committee stressed that the intensifying onslaught on Idlib province constituted heinous war crimes requiring an urgent UN Security Council meeting to discuss the situation in the region. They pointed out that the Assad regime and Russian air forces are targeting residential areas, vital civilian centers such medical facilities, and convoys of fleeing civilians.
They pointed out that targeting the fleeing civilians represents a serious escalation aimed at putting more pressure on civilians to force them to surrender. They warned of an imminent humanitarian disaster should the international silence and inaction continue. They also stressed the need for serious, firm decision to stop violence and implement UN resolutions on Syria.
Moreover, members of the committee called on the Syrian communities around the world to organize sit-in protests in front of the Russian embassies and consulates to denounce the continued massacres against Syrian civilians as well as to condemn Russia’s support for the Assad regime’s ongoing military operations against civilians.
Members of the committee also discussed the importance of renewing the international resolution on giving unfettered access to humanitarian aid for those in need in Syria via all border crossings, including those outside the control of the Assad regime. They stressed that around 13 million people across Syria depend on this aid.
The committee stressed the importance of passing the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act as they expressed the hope that the move would be the beginning of a new era in the international community’s response to the Assad regime and its backers’ ongoing crimes against civilians in Syria. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)