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President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Alabdah said that the Assad regime’s obstruction of the delivery of humanitarian aid to the besieged parts of Aleppo risks undermining the cessation of hostilities agreement that took effect late on Monday.
In a meeting with New Zealand’s Ambassador to Turkey Jonathan Curr on Friday, Alabdah described the Assad regime as a “bloody regime that only believes in a military solution to the conflict.” He noted that the Assad regime is still not serious about engaging in a political process needed to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people, condemning the regime’s policies of killing, intimidation and displacement of the Syrian people.
Alabdah stressed the need to prioritize sustained, unfettered humanitarian access to the besieged cities and towns, most importantly to eastern Aleppo, Alwaer district in Homs, Moadamiya, Madaya and eastern Ghouta. He pointed out that the Assad regime seeks to force residents of the besieged areas out of their homes under threats of starvation and bombardment.
Both sides discussed New Zealand’s intention to call a special UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday to discuss the situation in Syria. Alabdah emphasized that the session must be focused on the situation in the besieged areas, the regime’s mass forced displacement policy and its hindering of the delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians in need.
(Source: Syrian Coalition / 18.09.2016)
Member of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee Okab Yahya said that the Assad regime violated the cessation of hostilities agreement just hours after it took effect late on Monday. The lack of deterrent actions or punitive measures by the UN Security Council and by the United States, a co-sponsor of the CoH agreement, encourages the Assad regime to carry on with violating the agreement, he stressed.
Yahya underscored the need to establish clear monitoring mechanisms to record violations of the CoH, adding that Russia cannot be a neutral or credible monitor as it is violates the agreement and provides a cover for regime’s violations.
The Syrian Committee for Human Rights (SCHR) said that at least 129 civilians were killed across Syria between 12-15 September.
According to the rights group, 78 civilians were killed as a result of bombardment by the Russian and regime forces, while 24 people were killed in clashes between rebel groups and regime forces. 23 people were killed by ISIS. Monday saw the highest number of civilian casualties.
The victims were distributed in Syrian provinces as follows: 52 in Deir Ezzor, 26 in Idlib, 17 in Rural Damascus, 16 in Dar’a, 12 in Aleppo, 4 in Homs and 1 in Hama.
The United States and Russia on Thursday agreed to extend the truce for 48 hours. Activists across Syria said they have recorded at least 130 breaches of the CoH by Assad regime and its allies over the past four days.
(Source: Syrian Coalition / 16.09.2016)
Islamist rebels fighting the Syrian Army in southwestern Syria are desperately seeking more support from neighboring Israel.
In a phone call made by an Israeli reporter and a field commander from the Saudi-backed Jaish al-Islam, the later confirmed that they are not abiding by the ceasefire with the Syrian government, offering the reporter – who spoke fluent Arabic– to send him combat footage from the battlefield.
When asked to address the government of Israel, the rebel commander demanded a full support of arms, food and all kinds of aid.
“I call on our brothers the Israelis to support the revolution in Syria, and provide us with everything; weapons, food, aid…anything brother”.
“You – Israeli – must attack the Syrian Army and help us defeat this ‘infidel regime’,” he added.
The video was released yesterday as the hardline militants launched a wide-scale offensive against government troops in the area, with the aim to take over the Druze town of Hadar and nearby villages.
Today, the Syrian Army shot down an Israeli fighter jet while targeting Army positions in Sa’sa town, located nearly 30 km to the southwest of Damascus near the occupied Golan Heights.
The Syrian government has for long accused Israel of backing up the militants operating near the borders.
(Source / 14.09.2016)
Ahmed Mohmamed Gaddaf al-Dam, cousin of the late totalitarian leader of Libya Muammar Gaddafi
Cairo- Ahmed Mohmamed Gaddaf al-Dam, cousin of the late totalitarian leader of Libya Muammar Gaddafi, says that reinstating the old regime –the one which rose to power after the 1969 Gaddafi-led coup- is unrealistic and that both he and his supporting group understand that fully, affirming that they only seek the restoration of Libya for the better interest of its people.
Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Gaddaf al-Dam mentioned a new movement rising in Libya, one which includes both Gaddafi and 17 February Revolution supporters. The movement includes military battalions, to supposedly save Libya the ‘right’ way, referring to a national reform.
However, he did say that the movement will resort to other methods should political negotiations fail to salvage the situation.
The 17 February Revolution, an armed conflict in 2011, was fought between forces loyal to Gaddafi and those seeking to oust his government. Libya went into civil war and Gaddafi was killed on October 20, 2011, in the Libyan city, Sirte.
To top all that, many Libya leaderships have been frequently paying al-Dam visits at his Cairo residence.
What is more is that the faces seen walking in and out do not necessarily support same political set of ideals—Libyan political figures have started meeting outside the sponsorship of the United Nations.
In his talk, al-Dam warns of looming chaos especially with ISIS still getting supplied with arms and fighters while the international community stands idle. Eventually, he added that Western countries are driven towards opening up a battle front in Libya’s largest city, Tripoli. The front will launch after battles in the southern coastal city of Sirte are done.
All this aims at spreading the chaos, in preparation for Libya’s occupation, al-Dam explained.
When addressing the rumored joint military council between both Libyan bloc’s- led by Fayez al-Sarraj and Khalifa Haftar- al-Dam believes that it would serve as a temporary calming factor, given that chief parties are still kept out.
Al-Dam reiterated deep concerns of the international community overlooking ISIS’ flow into Libya and the arming campaign it has being supported with. Accusing the West of desires to march into Libya, the Libyan leader described the chaos back home.
He also added that any political negotiations casting ‘al-Fateh Revolution’-otherwise known by 1 September Revolution – out is not fair given that it fails to include at least half of the Libyan people’s representatives.
Muammar Gaddafi became the de facto leader of Libya on 1 September 1969 after leading a group of Libyan military officers in a coup d’état against the regime. Winning over the public and driving the King out of the country, the Libyan Revolutionary Command Council (RCC) headed by Gaddafi abolished the monarchy and the old constitution and proclaimed the new Libyan Arab Republic, with the motto “freedom, socialism, and unity”.
But Gaddaf al-Dam broke with Gadhafi in the first few days of a later 2001 rebellion, disagreeing with the government’s harsh repression of the uprising and fled to Cairo. Al-Dam wanted protesters to be dealt with a different way than the one Gaddafi was using.
He said the popular protest movement did not at first amount to a revolution but that NATO’s intervention, which was ill-advised, transformed it into one.
Since Gadhafi’s fall, Libya has splintered. In December, United Nations diplomats and Western leaders announced the creation of a Government of National Accord, but the House of Representatives still hasn’t recognized it.
Al-Dam explained that the West wishes to whitewash the damage it caused Libya’s infrastructure and society, hence resorts to endorsing and promoting political talks and agreements, such as the Skhirat, Morocco deliberations.
Moreover, he reiterated the West’s plans to exploit Libya’s strategic location and ample resources, including uranium and oil.
The cousin to a notorious and highly controversial leader said that the Libya war has its aftermath extending worldwide, whether it be terrorists being imported from their newly found hub to the whole world, or turmoil creeping up borderlines with neighboring countries.
He cited that some of the arms used by extremist attacks in Europe can be traced back to Libya.
After calling the intervention in Libya unconstitutional, al-Dam requested that Libya’s case file be taken out of the United Nations and handed back to the League of Arab States and the African Union.
On 19 March 2011, a multi-state NATO-led coalition began a military intervention in Libya, ostensibly to implement United Nations Security Council resolutions. The resolution was taken in response to events during the Libyan Civil War.
(Source / 12.09.2016)
World Condemns Use of Cluster Bombs as More Syrian Civilians Killed by Assad Regime’s Banned Weapons
Activists said that at least 42 civilians, including five children and two women, were killed in attacks by the Assad regime across Syria on Thursday. Internationally banned weapons were used in many of these attacks on liberated areas.
Nations attending the annual meeting of the international treaty banning cluster munitions on September 7, 2016, condemned the continued use of these weapons in Syria, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.
During the three-day meeting in Geneva, first responders, local activists, and journalists reported at least eight cluster munition attacks in Syria in the past week, some of which killed and injured civilians, including children.
“We are outraged that yet more civilians in Syria lost their lives to cluster munitions this week as countries were meeting to discuss the international ban on these weapons,” said Steve Goose, arms director at Human Rights Watch and chair of the Cluster Munition Coalition, an international group of organizations working to end the use of the banned weapons.
The 55 state parties participating in the sixth annual meeting of the Convention on Cluster Munitions adopted a declaration in which they condemned any use by any actor of the banned weapons, adding that they were deeply concerned by any and all allegations, reports or documented evidence of the use of cluster munitions.
Activists said that the Assad regime has stepped up attacks using cluster munitions on rebel-held areas in the past few days, most notably on Aleppo. The attacks have enabled regime forces to re-impose siege on the eastern parts of the city.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that the Assad regime’s air force has dropped no fewer than 1,379 barrel bombs on the rebel-held areas across Syria during August. Nearly 111 civilians, including 35 children and 16 women, have been killed in these attacks, the rights group said. It added that at least seven vital civilian facilities have also been targeted in these attacks.
The network called upon the UN Security Council to ensure full implementation of the resolutions it passed on Syria, warning that failure to do so risks discrediting the UN. It also called for imposing an arms embargo on the Assad regime and for sanctioning the parties supplying the Assad regime with money and weapons.
The Syrian Coalition earlier said that the international community’s silence on Assad’s crimes has encouraged the regime to repeatedly use internationally banned weapons against unarmed civilians.
The Coalition stressed that “the international community’s failure to take concrete action towards the crimes of the Assad regime and the failure of the UN Security Council to defend the resolutions it passed on Syria has given the Assad regime a green light to commit more crimes against the Syrian people using all means of murder at its disposal.”
The Coalition pointed out that deterring the Assad regime from carrying on with such crimes requires the referral of the regime’s violations of UN Security Council resolutions to the International Criminal Court.
(Source: Syrian Coalition + Agencies / 11.09.2016)
No less than 59 Medical Centers have been Targeted by Russian Forces since its Intervention in Syria
The Russian Regime is a Partner in the Displacement of the Syrian People
SNHR has published its 17th report since the Russian attacks in Syria begun on 30 September 2015. This report focuses on the targeting of medical centers from the beginning of the Russian intervention in Syria until 31 August 2016.
The report notes that attacks on medical centers haven’t stopped after the Cessation of Hostilities went into force on 27 February 2016, and it even escalated alarmingly after the High Negotiation Committee’s decision to postpone its participation in Geneva talk on 19 April 2016 where, as the time of this writing, no less than 30 medical centers have been targeted since then.
Fadel Abdul Ghani, chairman of SNHR, says: “Russian forces’ attacks on medical centers and medics are a blatant violation of the international humanitarian law and amount to a war crime on account of the fact that these attacks are indiscriminate and in many cases deliberately targeted protected objects. These attacks have deepened the agonies of the wounded and injured and is one of the main causes of the displacement of the Syrian people as it sends a very clear message: there is no safe area or a red line including hospitals, you either flee or perish.”
The report draws upon the daily documentation and monitoring and includes accounts by survivors, victims’ families, and eyewitnesses.
The report documents the targeting of no less than 59 medical centers by attacks that are suspectedly Russian including five facilities that were targeted more than once. 84% of the attacks occurred in Aleppo and Idlib governorates.
According to the report, these attacks resulted in the killing of 86 civilians including eight children and 13 women. Also, 26 out of the 86 civilian victims were medical personnel.
The report notes that the Russian regime has, beyond any doubt, violated Security Council Resolutions 2139 through the practices of indiscriminate bombardment. Also, the Russian regime violated many rules of the international humanitarian law and committed tens of crimes that amount to war crimes through the indiscriminate bombardment which was also disproportionate in its use of excessive force.
According to the report, Russian forces perpetrated a violation that constitute a war crime through targeting medical centers with an indiscriminate, and in many cases, deliberate bombardment on objects that are supposedly protected.
The report calls on the Russian forces to conduct investigations with regard to the incident mentioned in the report and make the findings of these investigation public for the Syrian people. Also, the report calls on the Russian forces to hold all those who are responsible accountable in addition to redress all the damaged hospital, and reconstruct and re-prepare these hospitals. Additionally, all victims’ families and wounded must be remedied.
Furthermore, the report emphasizes the necessity to completely cease the targeting of hospitals, protected objects, and civil areas, and respect the customary international law.
The report urges the Security Council to take further steps as it has been two years since Resolution 2139 has been adopted and there haven’t been any commitments to cease the indiscriminate bombing.
The report affirms that the Security Council has to instill security and peace in Syria and implement the norm of the Responsibility to Protect in order to protect the lives, culture, and history of the Syrian people from being stolen and ruined. Also, the report calls on the Security Council to expand the sanctions to include the Russian and Iranian regimes who are directly involved in committing crimes against humanity and war crimes against the Syrian people.
The report calls on the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to submit a report to the Human Rights Council and other organs of the United Nations on this massacre specifically considering that it was perpetrated by forces which we suspect to be Russian.
Moreover, the report recommends that the norm Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) must be implemented after all political channels through the Arab League’s plan and then Mr. Kofi Annan’s plan were drought out. Therefore, steps under Article 7 of the Rome Stature must be taken and the norm of the Responsibility to Protect, which was established by the United Nations General Assembly, must be implemented. The Security Council is still hindering the protection of civilians in Syria.
Finally, the report calls on to renew the pressure on the Security Council to refer the case in Syria to the International Criminal Court.
Alabdah: Oppositions’ Executive Framework for Political Solution Stemmed from the Revolution’s Guidelines
President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Alabdah said that the executive framework for a political solution in Syria the Syrian opposition announced on Wednesday stemmed from the fundamental principles and guidelines of the Syrian revolution.
Alabdah, who was speaking at the sidelines of a meeting of foreign ministers of the Friends of the Syria Group in London on Wednesday, stressed that the opposition’s vision for a political solution in Syria is dynamic and open to further improvements that could serve the interests of the Syrian people and achieve their aspirations.
Alabdah reaffirmed commitment to the fundamental principles of the Syrian revolution, namely the territorial integrity of Syria and the unity of its people; the rejection of giving any role for Bashar al-Assad in the transitional period or in the future of Syria; and the establishment of a civil, democratic, pluralistic political system where all citizens are equal regardless of their backgrounds.
The opposition’s plan for a political solution in Syria expresses a unified vision of a united opposition and aims to build Syria’s future on sound and strong foundations, Alabdah said. He added that that this vision is in the benefit of all Syrians.
The London meeting discussed the latest development in the besieged areas, especially in the district of Moadamiya, the town of Madaya and the district of Alwaer. The meeting also touched on the siege regime forces have recently re-imposed on eastern Aleppo. The delegation of the Syrian opposition made it clear that the Assad regime still pursues the policy of forced mass displacement in the besieged areas, warning that this policy is aimed at bringing about demographic change in Syria.
The Syrian opposition’s delegation referred to the chlorine attack regime forces carried out in the neighborhood of Alsukkari in Aleppo on Tuesday. It called on foreign ministers participating in the meeting to follow up on the latest report the UN released on the use of chemical weapons in Syria confirming the Assad regime used chemical weapons in two different occasions in 2014 and 2015. The opposition delegation stressed the need to refer the dossier of chemical weapons in Syria to the International Criminal Court.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson described the opposition’s peace plan as a “formidably important document” amounted to a “vision and plan for Syria that is democratic, pluralistic, that will take that country forward.” He said that the plan represents “a future for Syria that goes beyond the Assad regime”.
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani hailed the efforts the HNC and the Syrian Coalition have so far made to lay out a comprehensive, objective vision for the future of Syria.
Al-Thani stressed the importance of ensuring the Syrian people are protected from the Assad regime’s brutal sieges, bombardment of civilian areas and infrastructure, and the demographic change policy Assad pursues through the forced mass displacement of civilians in the besieged areas. He called upon the international community to enforce UN resolutions on Syria in order to alleviate the suffering for the Syrian people and achieve their aspirations for freedom and dignity.
(Source: Syrian Coalition + Agencies / 09.09.2016)