Press Statement “Original in Arabic”
January 2, 2016
The Syrian Coalition reiterates its condemnation of Russia’s aggression on Syria; in particular Russia’s deliberate targeting of Syrian civilians in violation of recent UN Security Council resolution 2254, which called for “immediate cessation of all attacks against civilians.”
The Coalition stresses that Russia is a partner to the Assad regime’s crimes against the Syrian people as it continues to provide air support for the Assad regime in its war against the Syrian people and the Free Syrian Army.
After weeks of military buildup, regime forces launched a fierce attack to re-capture the town of Sheikh Misskin in rural Dara’a, under air cover by the Russian air force.
Dozens of Russian air strikes on the town where ISIS does not hold territory demonstrate once again the nature of Russia’s plans in Syria; namely to shore up the Assad regime in its war on the Syrian people and the Free Syrian Army. Russian air strikes, directed exclusively at Syrian civilians and the Free Syrian Army, prove yet again that fighting terrorism has never been part of Russia’s plans in Syria.
While the shameful inaction by the international community regarding the Russian invasion in Syria continues, Russia is yet to realise its intervention in Syria is doomed to fail.
The Syrian people, while remaining steadfast, continue to defend the revolution in the face of the Assad regime, Hezbollah militias and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. They have endured and thwarted the Russian attack for three months. The Syrian people will eventually emerge victorious with the help of the Free Syrian Army that put up exemplary resistance in Sheikh Misskin and indeed across Syria.