The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) new political committee held its first regular meeting and discussed the on the ground and political developments, especially the Russian airstrikes that targeted the town of Al-Bab in northern rural Aleppo on Wednesday.
Participants in the meeting begun the meeting by taking the legal oath. The Military Liaison Office gave a briefing on the Russian airstrikes on Al-Bab which killed a civilian and wounded many others in addition to causing damage to the infrastructure.
Members of the Office discussed the possible consequences of the strikes, especially as Al-Bab is covered by the Turkish-Russian understandings in northern Syria. They stressed the need to coordinate with Turkey with regards to the security situation in the liberated areas as well as for joint military measures to prevent a recurrence of such incidents.
Participants in the meeting also discussed the possible consequences of the Russian strikes on the political, international and diplomatic levels. SOC’s President Nasr al-Hariri suggested taking urgent measures to document the crimes resulting from the Russian strikes; addressing the UN, friendly states, and international organizations; and exposing Russia’s acts in Syria.
They also discussed reports about the continued transfer of oil from eastern of the Euphrates areas, which are under the control of the PYD militia, towards Assad regime-held areas and the existing of an agreement between the two sides for the selling of oil to the regime.
Al-Hariri requested that the SOC’s Al-Jazeera and the Euphrates Committee verify these reports given the serious consequences they have and that these shipments violate the Caesar Act which prohibits doing business with the Assad regime.
Members of the presidential body and political committee reviewed the work of the SOC’s committees and departments; discussed the obstacles facing their work; and ways to provide them with the necessary resources. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)