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Syrian Coalition: Iran Seeking to Consolidate its Occupation of Syria Through Cultural Hegemony

An official in the Syrian Coalition said that Iran has committed new violations against children in Syria, adding that it is added to the long litany of war crimes the Iranian terrorist militias are committing against Syrian civilians, most notably mass killings, destruction, and demographic change.

Secretary of the Coalition’s political committee Riad al-Hassan said that Tehran has most recently sought to teach Persian language children to children in the towns and villages of Deir Ezzor. He added that the move represented an attempt by Iran to “impose its sectarian culture in Syria.”

Hassan said that the new move is an attempt by Iran to find another means to consolidate its occupation of Syria after sensing that its military presence in the country is under growing threat. He noted that Tehran uses cultural hegemony as a new way to achieve its goals.

Local media outlets said that 250 children from Deir Ezzor has recently began attending Iranian schools to learn Persian, adding that the children are aged between 8 and 15 years old.

Iran has recently opened three schools in the town of Albu Kamal and one another in the town of Mayadin with an Iranian educational staff, according to the media outlets.

The schools will give each child 10,000 Syrian pounds a month to entice more children to attend these schools, which have also promised a large financial prize for children who achieve fluency in Persian language in a short period of time.

Hassan underscored that resorting to the sectarian brainwashing of children and preparing them to be fighters in the future are new war crimes. He called on the international community, human rights organizations, and UNICEF to protect children and stop Iran’s crimes against them.

Iran is exploiting the dire living conditions and impoverishment in the towns and villages of Deir Ezzor after years of suffering as a result of the tyranny of the Assad regime and the brutality of the ISIS extremist group. Iran also opened offices to recruit locals into the Al-Quds Brigade.

Similar moves have already been reported in Lattakia and the Syrian coast as well as in Damascus, which provided yet another proof that Iran is seeking to impose its cultural hegemony in Syria. Moreover, the Assad regime approved the opening of a branch of the Iranian Islamic Azad University in Syrian cities back in January.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 21.06.2018)

Moussa: EU Has ‘Important Role’ in Stabilizing Liberated Areas

Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition, Dima Moussa, emphasized the important role the European Union can play in the rehabilitation of services institutions and organizations in the liberated areas as well as in supporting the Syrian Interim Government (SIG), local councils and civil society organizations to fill the vacuum in those areas.

Moussa said that people in liberated areas are in need for active, solid support given that the majority of health, educational, services and judicial institutions have been destroyed by the Assad regime and its allies. She underscored that the reactivation of these institutions would ease the suffering of the Syrian people and contribute to the establishment of the groundwork for civil, democratic work.

Moussa made these remarks ahead of a meeting that the European Union will hold in the Belgian capital Brussels on Wednesday. Moussa, Head of the Syrian Coalition’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Abdul Ahad Steifo, SIG”s head Jawad Abu Hatab, and other SIG representatives and civil society organizations will participate in the meeting.

Moussa stressed that the Syrian Coalition is keen to strengthen the partnership and establish permanent relations with the EU countries, adding that tomorrow’s meeting will discuss the development of a number of projects in the liberated areas.

Moreover, Moussa stressed the need to fill the vacuum in these areas and establish the nucleus of government institutions acting as an alternative to the Assad regime. “The SIG’s staff, local councils and civil society organizations have sufficient experience to play this important role at this time,” she said.

Moussa made it clear that the offering of assistance for the civilian population in the liberated areas is consistent with the EU strategy to restore stability, provide livelihoods for civilians, and enable them to administer their areas and stay in them.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 20.06.2018)

Coalition President Welcomes Start of Implementation of Turkish-US Agreement on Manbij

President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa welcomed the entry of Turkish troops into the town of Manbij in Aleppo province under an agreement with the United States.

President Mustafa described the move as an ‘important step’ to achieve stability in all liberated areas across Syria, allow the return of the displaced people to their areas of origin, and defeat all terrorist organizations that are seeking to break the will of the Syrians people.

Ten days ago, Ankara and Washington finalized an agreement about a roadmap for Manbij that included the withdrawal of militias of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) from the town as well as the restoration of security and stability to the region and the rehabilitation of service institutions.

President Mustafa earlier said that the Coalition would contribute to the election of a local council in Manbij as it previously did in the Afrin region. He noted that “the local councils in Afrin are working under the supervision of the Coalition, and we are seeking to do the same thing in Manbij.”

Mustafa pointed out that the Coalition is seeking to play a greater role in the administration of the liberated areas through the Syrian Interim Government and Assistance Coordination Unit whose task will be to provide services for the local population.

Mustafa said that the Coalition is working diligently to establish offices in various towns and villages in the liberated areas. He noted that these efforts are part of the Coalition’s strategy to move closer to “the revolution’s social base and rekindle the spirit of the revolution until freedom and dignity are regained and the Assad regime is deposed.”

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 18.06.2018)

Dutch company gave Syria chemicals used to make deadly weapons

Image of a Syrian child receiving treatment in hospital after a chemical attack carried out by the Assad Regime in Idlib, Syria [file photo]

A Syrian child receives medical treatment after a chemical attack was carried out by the Assad Regime in Idlib, Syria

A Dutch company exported 38 tonnes of chemical materials to the Syrian regime which were used to manufacture chemical weapons without obtaining the necessary licenses, Netherlands’ Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS) reported yesterday,

“A Rotterdam-based company has exported 38 tonnes of banned acetone, which is being used in the production of chemical weapons, to Syria without obtaining the necessary permits,” NOSsaid.

The acetone, which was exported two years ago, travelled through the port of Antwerp in Belgium.

The Dutch customs authorities, NOS reported, began an investigation into the matter two months ago, stressing that the company would be prosecuted “for not obtaining the necessary export licenses”.

Authorities in Belgium recently informed Netherlands that the same company was believed to have exported 200 tonnes of acetone to Syria via Russia.

In April, three Belgian companies were prosecuted for exporting chemicals to Syria, one of which could be used in the production of banned sarin gas which the Syrian regime is thought to have used against civilians in the country.

READ: Faking it for Assad 

(Source / 14.06.2018)

Assad & Russia Commit Dozens of Massacres in Idlib One Year Since ‘De-escalations Zones’ Agreement Took Effect

A monitoring group said that it had recorded hundreds of violations and dozens of massacres claiming the lives of over a thousand people, including children and women, in Idlib province since the ‘de-escalation zones’ agreement took effect nearly a year ago.

In a report detailing violations of the agreement which was concluded by Russia, Iran, and Turkey in the Kazakh capital Astana in June 2017, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that the Assad regime and Russian forces have committed no fewer than 30 massacres in Idlib province since that date. The massacres claimed the lives of at least 1,109 civilians, including 255 children and 209 women.

The Network recorded at least 233 attacks on vital civilian centers, including 50 schools, 34 healthcare facilities, and 16 public markets in the reporting period.

The report indicated that the Assad regime and Russian forces have not stopped the use of internationally prohibited weapons in the bombing of Idlib province, citing the sarin attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April 4, 2017. These forces also used cluster munitions 19 times and incendiary munitions 16 times as well as dropped over 700 barrel bombs on the province.

The Network accused Russia, Iran and the Assad regime of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, demanding that those crimes be referred to the International Criminal Court to hold the perpetrators to account. It also called for expanding the international sanctions to include the Russian and Iranian regimes as they were directly involved in those crimes.

The Assad regime and Russian forces have considerably intensified bombardment of Idlib and its countryside in recent weeks, with rebel-held towns and villages being subjected to daily bombardment by warplanes, helicopters, heavy artillery and rockets. Scores of civilians have been killed in several massacres and several health centers have been destroyed.

The Syrian Coalition stressed the need to ensure full protection for civilians in Idlib and its countryside as it is now home to nearly three million people, half of whom were forcibly displaced from other areas across Syria.

The Coalition called on humanitarian organizations to provide urgent support for the displaced people who suffer lack of appropriate shelter and basic necessities of life.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 13.06.2018)

Syrian Coalition Says Russia Deliberately Committed a Massacre in Rural Idlib on Thursday

Russian air force committed a horrible massacre in rural Idlib on Thursday, in an area that is covered by the ‘de-escalation zones’ agreement as the Syrian Coalition described the attack as a “deliberate crime.”

The Syrian Civil Defense said that the attack killed at least 44 civilians and wounded more than 100 others in the town of Zardana in rural Idlib. It pointed out that the Russian jets carried out a double-tap attack, killing a rescue worker while he was trying to help the victims.

In a press release issued on Friday, the Syrian Coalition accused Russia of deliberately bombing an area that is covered by the ‘de-escalation zones’ agreement It underscored that “the perpetrator of this act is a vengeful, seasoned criminal.”

“Despite the shock that such massacres and crimes cause to the world, they have continued unabated since 2011, which makes one wonder as to why the international community is still showing this complete inaction and total indifference,” the Coalition said.

“The international community continues to watch idly by as the most heinous massacres, crimes, mass forced displacement, destruction and detention are taking place without shouldering its duties to maintain international peace and security.”

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 09.06.2018)

Tamo Says PYD Militia Violates Int’l Norms & Conventions Following his Release from Detention

Following his release from the prisons of the militia of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), member of the Syrian Coalition Abdelhamid Tamo described his detention as a war crime and crime against humanity as per international norms and conventions. He said that he was subjected to “enforced disappearance and arbitrary arrest.”

The PYD militia detained Tamo in the town of Darbasiya in Hasaka on Sunday, an act which the Syrian Coalition condemned and described as a replica of the Assad regime’s crimes.

After his release on Wednesday, Tamo said that the PYD militia had subjected him to solitary confinement. “These practices fall under the law of the jungle which is prevalent in the PYD-held areas,” Tamo said. He noted that there were no clearly set laws or standards safeguarding the personal and political rights of those seeking a role in public affairs.

Tamo said that the arrests being conducted by the PYD terrorist militia “are motivated by personal decisions without being based on any judicial or legal justifications. They are also being conducted according to intelligence and security mechanisms and are based on false accusations and unsubstantiated allegations.

Abdulhamid is also member of the Kurdish National Council as well as the Foreign Relations Officer in the Kurdish Future Movement. He is also brother of late dissident Mashaal Tamo.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Smart News Network / 07.06.2018)

Assad Forces Execute Palestinian Refugee in Yarmouk Camp

Assad regime forces executed a Palestinian refugee in the Yarmouk refugee camp south of the capital Damascus after he tried to prevent them from looting his house in the ravaged district.

Local activists said that Assad’s militiamen cold bloodily shot Palestinian refugee Saleh Alloh after he entered the camp to check on his house in the Oroba Street. Alloh was shot dead when resisted Assad militias’ who were looting his house.

Videos and photos that activists published on social media showed Assad militiamen looting shops and civilian homes in Yarmouk camp as well as in the neighborhoods of Tadamon and al-Hajar al-Aswad after they forcibly displaced residents of the camp.

In a similar incident, Assad regime forces executed Palestinian child Mahmoud al-Bakr two weeks ago when he tried to prevent them from looting his house in the Orouba Street in the Yarmouk refugee camp. Regime forces also shot dead two Palestinian young men while they were trying to enter the camp to check on their houses.

Meanwhile, the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria (AGPS) said Monday that at least 32 Palestinian refugees have been killed in the onslaught the Assad regime launched on the Yarmouk camp in mid-April as more bodies are being discovered under the rubble of bombed buildings in the southern Damascus suburb.

The figure has brought to 3,766, the number of Palestinian-Syrians who have been killed in Syria since March 2011, including 477 women, AGPS said.

The London-based monitoring group said that the victims were killed in bombings, clashes, and under torture in the prions of the Assad regime. A few days after the end of the military campaign on eastern Ghouta, the Assad regime and Russian forces launched a similar offensive to recapture the Yarmouk camp, which had been subjected to years of siege and heavy bombardment with the aim of emptying the area of its local population.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 06.06.2018)

Assad Regime Confiscates Farmers’ Crops in Hama Province Under Law 10

Assad regime forces are confiscating agricultural crops in several villages in Hama province in the framework of the implementation of the recently adopted Law No. 10. The Syrian Coalition has earlier warned of the grave implications should the Assad regime puts the controversial legalization into force.

According to Smart News Network, members of the Assad regime’s military security branch and paramilitary troops, who are known as shabiha, brought harvesters and began harvesting agricultural crops in several towns and villages northwest of Hama, especially in the towns of Safsafiya and Tureimsa.

The Network quoted local sources as saying that Assad’s shabiha told residents of these towns that Law No. 10 allows them to confiscate all farmlands whose owners are absent, especially those living outside Syria.

The Coalition has earlier warned European countries and human rights organizations about the implications of Law No. 10, stressing that the Assad regime issued the law with the aim of consolidating the mass forced displacement and demographic change by seizing the properties of all those absent from the country.

The Coalition said that reconstruction of Syria must take place only after all the displaced people have returned and a comprehensive political transition has been reached. It called on everyone to stand against the new law which will cause Syrian civilians terrible injustice should the Assad regime puts in into force.

In late May, Human Rights Watch said that Assad regime has passed Law No.10 to allow itself to seize private property, displace residents, and discourage refugees from returning.

The New York-based group said that Law 10 empowers authorities to confiscate property without compensating the owners or giving them an opportunity to appeal. The law, which the Assad regime is promoting as an urban planning measure, will create a major obstacle to returning home for displaced residents

“Law 10 is a worrisome addition to the Syrian government’s arsenal of ‘urban planning laws’ that it has used to confiscate property without due process or compensation,” said HRW’s deputy Middle East director Lama Fakih.

“Countries and donors supporting reconstruction in Syria have a responsibility to consider the obstacles this law poses to returning for millions of displaced Syrians,” Fakih said.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 04.06.2018)

President Mustafa Meets Germany’s Syria Envoy & Discuss Ways to Support SIG’s Work in Liberated Areas

President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa met with Germany’s Special Envoy to Syria Nicolai Herman and discussed with him the crimes the Assad regime is committing against civilians as well as the worsening tragedy of the forcibly displaced people and the Coalition’s plan of action in the liberated areas.

Mustafa said that there are large a number of displaced persons in northern Aleppo who were displaced from Raqqa, Deir Ezzor, eastern Ghouta, Homs and Qalamoun, pointing out that this caused the area to be very densely populated.

Mustafa added that the forcibly displaced people are not receiving sufficient support and that they are sharing tents amid lack of essential services. He expressed hope that their plight will be soon addressed so that they can receive support through the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) and local councils.

The presence of the Coalition’s executive institutions in the liberated areas can ease the suffering of civilians through the provision of basic services, Mustafa said. Her added: “Through our action plan we are seeking to be close to the social base and the armed opposition groups and supervise them directly.”

Mustafa reaffirmed the Coalition’s commitment to the integrity of Syrian territory and the political process in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254. He noted that the Syrian Coalition keeps regular, constant contacts with the Syrian Negotiations Commission.

Mustafa highlighted two points, the first of which is Law No. 10, which he said is aimed at consolidating demographic change and preventing the return of refugees. The second issue is the Assad regime’s taking over of the presidency of the United Nations Forum on Chemical and Nuclear Disarmament, which Mustafa denounced as representing a shock to the conscience of humanity and a deep betrayal of victims of Assad’s brutal attacks against civilians.

For his part, Herman said his country would follow up on the possible implications of Law No. 10, adding that the issue is being discussed by the European Union in all its aspects and by the member states of the European Union.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 02.06.2018)