Demonstrations Countrywide Demanding Regime Downfall & Accountability for War Crimes
The Syrian people on Friday took to the streets of many rebel-held towns and cities urging FSA and rebel groups to unite “under the umbrella of the revolution.” Demonstrators also condemned breaches of the ceasefire agreement by the Assad regime and the allied Iranian militias.
Demonstrators in the town of Douma in Rural Damascus called for the downfall of the regime and for holding Assad as well as those responsible for war crimes against civilians to account.
Big demonstrations were held in the towns of Maaret Alnouman and Kafar Diriyan in rural Idlib, as well as in the town of Atareb in western rural Aleppo. Demonstrators reaffirmed solidarity with the residents of Wadi Barada valley which has been subjected to ferocious assault by the Assad regime forces and the Hezbollah militias since late December. They also called upon who leaders of the FSA and rebel groups to unite in one front under the banner of the Syrian revolution.
Demonstrators reiterated calls for the departure of all foreign militias from Syria and for the release of all detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime. They denounced the silence of the international community over the truce violations by the Assad regime and its allies.
Activists in Wadi Barada valley said that the Assad regime forces and the Hezbollah militias continue to escalate the assault in the area in blatant violation of the cease-fire agreement which went into force on December 29. They said that dozens of airstrikes and barrel bomb attacks as well as artillery shelling by regime forces hit the area on Thursday. Ground attacks on the villages of the rebel-held area were also launched in parallel.
(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Office / 13.01.2017)