Syria Demands US Coalition Bear ‘Legal Responsibility’ for Illegal Strikes, Massacres

A Syrian man sits by homes destroyed by airstrikes and combat.

The Syrian government has brought before the United Nations actions by what they called an “illegitimate international coalition” led by the United States against Syrian targets, calling for the United States and other involved parties to bear “political and legal responsibility” for the destruction, according to a letter addressed to the UN Security Council.

They have also demanded that the Security Council mandate compensation for the massive infrastructure destruction that has occurred.

“My government insists… that the members of this illegitimate coalition must bear the political and legal responsibility for the destruction of infrastructure in the Syrian Arab Republic, including responsibility for compensation,” the Permanent Mission of the Syrian government to the UN wrote.

They called out the “repeated bombardments” by the coalition that “continue to claim the lives of hundreds of innocent Syrian civilians and to cause significant material losses and the near-total destruction of Syrian facilities, homes and infrastructure, as well as the utter destruction of Syrian oil and gas facilities.”

The attacks, they said, must come to an end.

They also condemned the ongoing U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State group within Syrian territory as being “illegal,” because they are “being carried out without prior authorization.” While authorization has been given to Russia and Iran to assist militarily with the government’s fight against terrorist organizations, the United States has not been given permission. The operations are carried out without coordination with the Syrian government.

The letter brought to the Security Council’s attention several specific examples of U.S.-led attacks that have resulted in substantial damage, including an attack on a gas station, on gas wells and oil infrastructure, and an attack on a village on May 27th that killed numerous civilians, including children.

The continued attacks they say, are “impeding the maintenance of economic facilities and jeopardizing the prospects for development and reconstruction.”