Riyad Alhassan: Assad Regime Seeks to Flood the Region & Europe with More Refugees

Secretary of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee Riyad Alhassan said that the Assad regime’s refusal to implement humanitarian provisions set out in the UN Security Council resolution 2254 is the prime cause for the ongoing flow of refugees to neighboring countries and Europe.

On the occasion of the World Refugee Day, Alhassan said that millions of Syrians have been displaced because of the constant bombardment by the Assad regime on liberated cities and towns. He pointed out that Articles 12 and 13 of UNSC resolution 2254 clearly called for stopping indiscriminate bombing of civilians, lifting the blockades on besieged areas, allowing the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need, and releasing detainees.

At least 64 civilians, including 10 women and 13 children, were killed in aerial bombardment by the Assad regime and Russian forces on rebel-held areas across Syria on Sunday. The victims included 37 civilians who were killed in Aleppo, which continues to bear the brunt of the Assad regime’s and Russia’s aerial attacks.

Alhassan ascribed the increasing flow of refugees to plans by the Assad regime, backed by Iran, to bring about demographic change in Syria through the systematic displacement of the population of entire areas.

Alhassan reiterated the Coalition’s calls for the resumption of the Geneva negotiations as soon as possible to bring about a political solution in Syria through the formation of a transitional governing body with full powers and the stepping down of Bashar al-Assad as the only way to stop the killing, destruction and displacement in Syria.

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 20.06.2016)

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