Syria Calls on UNSC to Hold US, Coalition Responsible for War Crimes

2 August، 2017
Damascus, SANA

Foreign and Expatriates Ministry called on the UN Security Council to hold accountable the US and other states participating in the so-called international coalition for crimes committed against the Syrian civilians, hospitals, schools and other facilities under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

In two letters addressed to the UN Secretary General and the UNSC Chairman, the ministry renewed its call on the states participating in the international coalition to dissolve it since it begins to fight countries which combat terrorism, destroys infrastructure in Syria and complements what has been committed by the terrorist groups.

It added that the Syrian government has repeatedly informed the UN Secretary General and the UNSC Chairman about the bloody aggressive acts perpetrated by the international coalition against the Syrian innocent civilians as well as the intended destruction caused to the economic facilities and infrastructures. Moreover, the illegitimate int’l coalition has officially admitted to kill and injure thousands of Syrian people, including children, women and elderly men, under the pretext of counterterrorism, not to mention its warplanes’ airstrikes on Syrian army’s positions.

The Ministry referred to two other letters sent on July 30th, 2017 which contained accurate details about the crimes committed by the illegal US-led international coalition against the civilians in different Syrian cities and villages.

On August 1st, 2017, the international coalition warplanes committed a new massacre as they targeted with missiles the residential neighborhoods and the civilians’ houses in the villages and towns of al-Kashem, al-Shweit, al-Dweir and al-A’shara in Deir Ezzor province, causing the death of more than 60 civilians and the injury of dozens, the most of whom were children, women and elderly men, said the Ministry, adding that this attack took place in less than 48 hours after shelling Aysha Hospital and al-Nadi, al-Shouhada Roundabout residential neighborhoods in al-BouKamal city, causing the death of 6 citizens and the injury of 10 others, including women and children.

The Ministry noted that the UNSC and other UN affiliated bodies have adopted resolutions banning all parties from targeting civilians, hospitals, medical assistance and food materials, wondering why does not the UNSC hold the US and the states participating in the international coalition accountable for committing crimes against Syrian civilians and facilities.

Counter-terrorism requires respecting international law, said the ministry, reiterating Syria’s call to dissolve this coalition.

The ministry said that that UNSC and the UN Secretary General should not remain silent since their silence will make them lose the confidence of peoples and countries which founded these two organizations in order to preserve international peace and security.

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