Unity of rebels main factor in defeating regime: Syrian opposition leader

Khaled Khoja, President of SNC. File photo

ARA News

Derik, Syria – Khaled Khoja, President of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary Forces and the Opposition (SNC), announced Sunday that the opposition control of the city of Jisr al-Shughur (located on the west bank of the Orontes River in Idlib province), “represents a further important step towards finalizing the liberation of Syria.”

Khoja said in an official statement following the control of Jisr al-Shughur, that this is the “aspired turning-point in the level of support and coordination provided to the forces of the Syrian Revolution.”

“The current coordination between the rebel factions can contribute to the acceleration of the liberation process of Syria from the Assad regime, and to end the suffering and bloodshed of many innocent civilians,” the SNC leader said. 

He added that such a development may force the Assad regime to surrender, “especially in light of the regime’s internal erosion, conflicts, rifts, and the liquidation of key figures in the state security apparatus.”

“These victories by our revolutionary forces impose a new political reality that has to be taken into account. Well-organized support should be continuously provided to the united rebel factions in order to maintain the gains,” Khoja told reporters in Gaziantep of southern Turkey.

“To reach a final and decisive victory from the regime’s retaliatory attacks against civilians through using warplanes, helicopters and internationally banned toxic gases, we must keep supporting the rebels.”

“The best kind of support should be through the imposition of a no-fly zone, while bringing criminal indictments against the Assad regime,” Khoja argued.

The President of the National Coalition also called for exerting efforts in order to reach a political transition in Syria “that ends a series of atrocities carried out by the criminal regime”, and opens the door to the reconstruction and the transition to a civil state in Syria “that meets aspirations of all its citizens.”

Speaking to ARA News in this regard, Nidal Rashid Seydo, a member of MAF organization for Human Rights, said: “The constant military support to the rebels will change the balance in favor of the opposition fighters, forcing the regime to accept solutions that can end the suffering of the Syrian people.”

Khalid Khoja told reporters that the Syrian political opposition believes that the liberation of Syria is “inevitable”, emphasizing the coalition’s confidence “in the forces of the revolution that defend all civilians.”

“The Syrian opposition abides by the principles and morals of the revolution and respects the international covenants and conventions, seeking to achieve the aspirations of the Syrian people,” he concluded. 

Subsequent to five days of fierce battles against pro-Assad forces, the al-Fath Army (an extended military umbrella of the Syrian rebels faction in Idlib province) took control of the city of Jisr al-Shughur on Saturday.


Reporting by: Rizgar Maree

Source: ARA News

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