President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Salem al-Meslet, held a virtual meeting with representatives of the Central Committee and revolutionary forces in southern Syria. In attendance were also member of the SOC’s political committee Muhammad Qaddah, and a member of the General Assembly Basil Ghuneim.
Representatives of the Central Committee gave an overview on the field and humanitarian conditions in Dara’a which has been subjected to blockade by the criminal regime for nearly two months. The city has also been subjected to violent shelling by the Assad regime and Iranian terrorist militias.
The representatives pointed out that the Assad regime’s Fourth Division and Iranian militias had targeted three mosques as part of the systematic attacks on mosques and places of worship.
Moreover, they made it clear that the humanitarian situation has reached an alarming level due to the severe shortages of drinking water, food and medical supplies as well as lack of access to healthcare.
The Central Committee highlighted the progress of negotiations with the Assad regime’s security services and their rejection of all proposals for a settlement and their insistence bloodshed and mass forced displacement of the people of Dara’a.
For his part, al-Meslet stressed that the SOC and its political committee are closely following the situation in Dara’a and communicating with the major actors in order to end the blockade and stop the military escalation in the city.
Al-Meslet also spoke about his talks with the US State Department and Turkish authorities with the aim of ensuring urgent measures to save the people of Dara’a, lift the blockade, and confront the Iranian plans in southern Syria.
He called for an effective Arab and regional action against the malicious Iranian schemes in Syria, especially in the south. He pointed out that the Assad regime’s intransigence and insistence on besieging and targeting civilians in Dara’a aims to implement those agendas and change the demographic structure of the area.
Al-Meslet called on the international community to discontinue its lukewarm position towards the crimes of the Assad regime and its backers; support a real political transition in Syria; and support the establishment of international mechanisms for holding war criminals accountable, chief among them is Bashar al-Assad. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)