President of the Syrian National Coalition, Anas al-Abda, sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Yusuf Bin Ahmed Al Uthaymeen, calling for an emergency meeting at the level of foreign ministers to discuss the latest developments in Syria and the dangers that will arise should the Assad regime and Russia continue their onslaught against Idlib and southwestern rural Aleppo.
Al-Abda stressed the need for the Islamic world to take action in order to protect civilians in Idlib and rural Aleppo, especially as the Assad regime is seeking to bring about a demographic change in Syria. Such strategy will threaten Syria’s identity and pave the way for sectarian war under the pretext of fighting terrorism.
Al-Abda also called for supporting the efforts to protect civilians and ensure the implementation of a nationwide ceasefire as a necessary confidence building measure paving the way for the resumption of the political process.
Moreover, Al-Abda urged all concerned parties to engage responsibly to reach a comprehensive political solution through the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254 as a guarantee for a radical solution in Syria.
Al-Abda said that civilians fleeing the regime’s onslaught can hardly find a tent to shelter themselves with the winter season at its peak. He said that the suffering of civilians is further compounded by severe shortages in essential services, especially healthcare and education.
Al-Abda called on OIC member states to launch a humanitarian campaign to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the region by providing humanitarian assistance and meeting the basic and urgent needs, especially shelter, food, education and health services. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)