Thursday, February 8, 2018

Syria has described an overnight strike by the US-led coalition as a "war crime"

Syria foreign ministry
Syria has described an overnight strike by the US-led coalition as a "war crime" and called for the coalition to be dismantled.

More than 100 fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were killed when US coalition and coalition-backed local forces repelled their attack in eastern Syria.

"We demand (that the international community) condemn this massacre and hold the coalition responsible for it," Syrian state news agency reported.

It cited a letter sent by the foreign ministry to the United Nations and saying that the coalition was illegal and should be disbanded.

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  1. Syria said that the new barbaric aggression carried out by forces of the so-called “international coalition” led by the US on the northeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor reveals the real purpose of this alliance and Washington’s role in supporting Daesh (ISIS) terrorist organization.

    “Within the framework of its aggressive policy against the Syrian Arab Republic, forces of the US-led coalition on Thursday 8/2/2018 committed a brutal massacre against Syrian popular forces which were confronting Daesh, that still maintains a presence under the protection of the coalition and its militias in the area between the villages of Khasham and al-Tabiya in the northeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor,” Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said in a letter sent to the UN Secretary General and Security Council President.

    It added that US aircrafts have targeted popular forces which were in a clash with Daesh terrorists, claiming the lives of dozens, injuring many others and causing massive damage in the area.

    “This new aggression, which represents a war crime and a crime against humanity and a direct support to terrorism, affirms the nature of the low US intentions against the sovereignty of Syria, the unity of its land and people and the US exploitation of the pretext of fighting terrorism to establish illegal bases on the Syrian territory,” the letter added.

    On the US desire to preserve its troops on Syrian soil, the Ministry said “this illegitimate presence is undoubtedly aims to continuing the support provided to Daesh and illegal militias, as well, to establish safe areas for them and obstructing any real and serious effort to combat terrorism in addition to prolonging the crisis extent in Syria to serve its interests and those of Israel and its agents of terrorists and murderers.”

    “The government of the Syrian Arab Republic calls on the UNSC to condemn the massacre and hold the international coalition responsible for the killing and wounding of thousands of civilians, including children, women and elderly and to pay compensation to the families of the victims,” the Ministry affirmed.


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