Syrian Government Asks UN to ‘Dismantle’ US-Led Coalition

The request comes a day after a U.S.-led airstrike claimed the lives of 43 civilians residing in Raqqa, Syria.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry repeated their request that the U.S.-backed coalition be disbanded by a U.N. Sunday, citing crimes committed against civilians in their bid to put an end to U.S. involvement in Syria’s six-year long civil war, according to the official news agency SANA.

The request comes a day after a U.S.-led airstrike claimed the lives of 43 civilians residing in Raqqa.

In making its petition to the U.N., the Syrian Foreign Ministry urged the “immediate dismantling of the coalition that has been formed without the request of the Syrian government and outside the framework of the U.N.,” according to Xinhua Net.

The government also noted that “the U.S. systematic massacres against Syrian civilians constitutes a flagrant violation of the international law.”

Several incidents where civilian casualties resulting from U.S.-coalition airstrikes were cited, including in the provinces of Hasakah, Aleppo, Deir al-Zour, and Raqqa.

At least 744 civilians were killed in strikes in Syria and Iraq in June by the U.S.-led coalition that claims to be fighting the Islamic State group, according to Airwars.

“Across Iraq and Syria, Airwars tracked a record 223 alleged Coalition casualty events during June, likely killing a minimum of between 529 and 744 civilians — a rise of 52 percent on May’s estimated totals,” the London-based group of researchers and journalists said, adding, “June was the second deadliest month for civilians in Iraq and Syria since the start of Coalition actions in August 2014.”

The reported death toll is higher than that claimed by the U.S.-led coalition, which now includes strategic support from all 28 NATO member states, according to the Independent.

In July, the U.S.-led forces released its monthly report stating that strikes had unintentionally killed at least 603 civilians between August 2014 and May 2017.

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Syria calls for an immediate dissolution to so-called “international coalition”

6 August، 2017
Damascus, SANA

Foreign and Expatriates Ministry stressed that the continued and systematic massacres committed by the illegitimate US-led international coalition against the Syrian civilians constitute blatant breach of the international law.

“Syria renews its call to immediately dissolve that coalition which was established outside the framework of the UN and without requesting permission from the Syrian government,” said the Ministry in two letters addressed the UN Secretary General and Chairman of the UNSC.

The Ministry added that targeting the residential neighborhoods and civilians’ houses, destroying Raqqa National Hospital and using internationally banned white phosphorus munitions by the coalition flagrantly violate the international humanitarian law and constitute a new episode of its atrocities against the innocent Syrian people in the provinces of Raqqa, Hasaka, Aleppo, Deir Ezzor and other Syrian cities.

The Syrian Arab Republic reiterates condemnation of the international coalition’s crimes which represent war crimes and crimes against humanity making it impossible to find any justification for them, noted the Ministry.

It urged the UNSC to assume its responsibilities to preserve international peace and security and oblige all states to abide by the UNSC resolutions on counterterrorism, particularly resolution No. 2253.

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