Hakim Calls for Forming a Task Force to Aid Syrian Civil Defense

Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition Nazir Hakim met with Director of the Syrian Civil Defense Raed Saleh at the headquarters of the Coalition in Istanbul on Thursday. The meeting discussed a mechanism for communication and coordination to facilitate the work of the civil defense corps, known as the “White Helmets.” It also discussed ways to make use of the outcome of the conference held on 28 June in Germany on the elimination of chemical and biological weapons. Syrian civilians have suffered a lot as a result of the Assad regime’s repeated use of these weapons. Hakim called for the formation … Continue reading Hakim Calls for Forming a Task Force to Aid Syrian Civil Defense

Syrian Coalition: Assad Regime’s Chemical & Indiscriminate Weapons Killed Hundreds of Thousands of Civilians

Officials in the Syrian Coalition said that the Assad regime has killed hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians using indiscriminate, chemical, and biological weapons. They stressed that Bashar Assad and those responsible for the use of those weapons should be held to account. Former Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition Abdul Ilah Fahd said that there has lately been an international push to get rid of these weapons and ensure they are not used again against civilians, especially in Syria. Last week, Fahd, the Coalition’s Ambassador to Qatar Nizar Haraki, and Doctor Hussam Nahas participated in a conference on the use … Continue reading Syrian Coalition: Assad Regime’s Chemical & Indiscriminate Weapons Killed Hundreds of Thousands of Civilians

Moroccan king orders security forces to withdraw from Al Hoceima

AL HOCEIMA, MOROCCO – JUNE 2 : Protesters from Rif movement clash with security forces during a demonstration against government in Imzouren town near Al Hoceima city of Morocco on June 2, 2017 Moroccan King Mohammed VI has instructed security forces to withdraw from the northern cities of Al Hoceima and Imzouren after violent clashes erupted between police and protesters in the region. “Following royal directives, the law enforcement officers have withdrawn,” Al Hoceima’s new governor, Farid Chourak, said at a press conference on Monday. Read: Protests resume in Morocco after heavy handed response by government He added that if the … Continue reading Moroccan king orders security forces to withdraw from Al Hoceima

Hardline Turkish Forces behind Online Campaign against Syrian Refugees as They Seek to Create Rift between Two Brotherly Peoples

Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition Nazir Hakim said that the campaign launched recently against the Syrian refugees on social media sites in Turkey is the result of an alignment between some hardline forces in Turkey which are opposed to the presence of Syrian refugees. He noted that these hardliners are seeking to exploit irresponsible behavior of a minority of Syrian refugees. In a statement, Hakim said that hardline Turkish forces are seeking to exploit irresponsible behavior of a minority of Syrian refugees to advance their political agendas. These forces are “trying to incite the Turkish public against a people that … Continue reading Hardline Turkish Forces behind Online Campaign against Syrian Refugees as They Seek to Create Rift between Two Brotherly Peoples

47 arrested during clashes in Tunisia

Image of security forces during a protest in Tunis, Tunisia on 21 March 2017 Two policemen were wounded and 47 people arrested during clashes yesterday between street vendors and police authorities in the centre of Tunis, according to the Interior Ministry. The incident occurred during a rally of around 300 people outside the headquarters of the Tunisian General Union of Labour (UGTT), the protest was being held against the local authorities’ decision to prohibit street stalls from operating. According to the ministry, the police intervened causing the situation to escalate into clashes with protesters throwing stones at the officers resulting … Continue reading 47 arrested during clashes in Tunisia

Seif Promises Lasting Solution to Assaults on Syrian Refugee Camps in Lebanon in Meeting with Refugees Representatives

President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif held a teleconference meeting with representatives of Syrian refugees in refugee camps in the Arsal area in Lebanon to discuss attacks by the Lebanese army on the camps in the area. Saif stressed that the Coalition will discuss the issue with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and will work with the Lebanese side to find a lasting solution to the issue. The meeting was attended by vice-presidents, the secretary-general, and members of the political committee. Member of the Syrian educational committee in Lebanon, Khaled Raad, said that refugees are living in a state … Continue reading Seif Promises Lasting Solution to Assaults on Syrian Refugee Camps in Lebanon in Meeting with Refugees Representatives

Remembering Egypt’s bloody military coup

Egyptians gather to protest their support for Mohammed Morsi on 15 February 2016 Four years ago today the Egyptian army overthrew the country’s first democratically elected leader, Mohammed Morsi. In the aftermath of the coup Egypt’s armed forces suspended the constitution and appointed the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, as interim head of state. Morsi and his presidential team were detained in an unknown location and later stood trial. What: Military coup When: 3 July 2013 Where: Egypt What happened? In January 2013, then army Chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi warned that the political crisis in the country might lead to … Continue reading Remembering Egypt’s bloody military coup