The Secretary-General of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Haytham Rahmeh, strongly condemned the appalling massacre carried out by Assad’s forces and allied militias in the town of Idlib on Saturday. Describing the event as a horrific war crime, Rahmeh highlighted that the atrocity against civilians seeking a livelihood in Idlib province is the latest in a series of crimes committed by a brutal regime, supported by terrorist militias, and met with a troubling international silence that has persisted for 12 years.
Rahmeh asserted, “The Assad regime, along with its sponsors Russia and Iran backing sectarian militias, must be held accountable for the hundreds of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Syria over the past 12 years.” He expressed profound disappointment in the ongoing international silence, deeming it a stain on the annals of humanity, a departure from fundamental principles and morals.
Rahmeh underscored that the failure of the international community to fulfill its responsibilities towards the Syrian people has encouraged criminals worldwide to perpetuate their brutality.
Calling for urgent action, Rahmeh urged the international community to condemn the massacre, impose severe penalties on the criminal regime, and establish effective, clear mechanisms to ensure accountability and justice in Syria. He emphasized that justice must be served to the victims, their families, and all Syrians aspiring to a dignified and secure life in the post-Assad era.
Rahmeh pointed out that the implementation of UN Resolution 2254 is a crucial international commitment that could propel Syria into a new stage and facilitate political transition.
Offering heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, Rahmeh prayed for God to grant them patience and solace. The assault by Assad’s forces, using heavy artillery, targeted a family harvesting olive crops from their land in the village of Qaqfin, resulting in the tragic loss of 10 civilians, including children.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)