The Syrian Coalition warned of plans by regime forces and the Iranian-backed militias to force the civilian population of eastern Ghouta out of their homes. These plans, which amount to crimes against humanity, are part of the Assad regime’s policy aimed at changing the demographic landscape in Syria, the Coalition stressed.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the Coalition said that pro-regime forces have recently launched a large-scale onslaught on several fronts in eastern Ghouta in Rural Damascus in yet a new blatant violation of the cease-fire agreement.
“These violations of the truce agreement must prompt action by guarantors of the ceasefire agreement as they are obliged to prove serious about safeguarding the agreement and preventing its collapse,” the Coalition said.
The statement went on: “The assault on eastern Ghouta underlines the need for the international community and the UN Security Council to put pressure on the Assad regime’s allies to force it to abide by the agreement and the relevant international resolutions.”
The Coalition called for activating the ceasefire monitoring mechanism and to issue formal reports determining those responsible for the truce violations so that they can be held accountable and forced to stop these violations.
The Coalition renewed calls on the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution under Chapter VII of the UN Charter demanding immediate cessation of hostilities; halting attacks on civilians; lifting of the sieges; stopping all forced displacement operations; ensuring the withdrawal of all occupying forces and terrorist foreign militias from Syria; and contributing to the efforts aimed at reaching a political solution that ensures the rights and aspirations of the Syrian people for freedom, justice, and dignity are met. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Office)