Syrian opposition calls world inaction “shameful”

aleppo missile attackSyria’s opposition leaders have turned their back on international talks, saying the world’s failure to stop the violence is “shameful”.

In advance of another round of meetings over the crisis – namely, the Friends of Syria meeting in Rome and scheduled talks in Russia and the US – the opposition leaders have said they will boycott international talks until world leaders come up with a concrete agenda.

After missiles killed dozens in Aleppo on Friday, the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) – the most prominent opposition group – released a statement saying the boycott was in protest against the lack of international condemnation of the “crimes committed against the Syrian people”.

“Hundreds of civilians have been killed by Scud missile strikes. Aleppo, the city and the civilisation, is being destroyed systematically,” the statement said.

At a demonstration in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Saturday, Mouaz al-Khatib, the SNC head, said he was sending out “a message of protest to all governments of the world, Arab and non-Arab, that can see how the Syrian people are being killed, while they merely look on”.

‘Savage, aggressive regime’

Speaking to the Dubai-based Al-Aan pan-Arab television in Cairo, Khatib said: “All the administrations of the world can see what is happening. … We cannot visit any country until there is a clear decision on this savage, aggressive regime.”

After missiles killed dozens in Aleppo on Friday, the SNC released a statement saying the move was to protest the lack of international condemnation of the “crimes committed against the Syrian people”.

“Hundreds of civilians have been killed by Scud missile strikes. Aleppo, the city and the civilisation, is being destroyed systematically,” the statement said.

“The Russian leadership especially bears moral and political responsibility for supplying the regime with weapons,” it said, referring to Russia’s status as a leading ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“In protest of this shameful international stand, the coalition has decided to suspend its participation in the Rome

conference for the Friends of Syria and decline the invitations to visit Russia and the United States.”

The Friends of Syria is a collection of dozens of countries trying to find a solution to the Syrian crisis.

Al Jazeera’s Nisreen El-Shamayleh, reporting from Antakya in Turkey, said that the SNC felt promises of help from international community has been very slow and that international community was not keeping the promises it made three months ago.

“It is not really turning its back on the international community. It is still calling on the international community to help it with negotiations it wants to start with the Syrian government, she said.

Aleppo attack

At least 29 people were killed and dozens more wounded after rockets hit two eastern districts of Aleppo, according to anti-government activists.

Friday’s assault – involving three surface-to-surface missile strikes – caused several buildings to collapse, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based anti-government rights group.

There were children among the dead, the SOHR said.

In a video posted to YouTube, a massive cloud of dense smoke was seen rising from the neighbourhood at dusk after one of the missiles struck.

Other video showed burning buildings, and people carrying the wounded to ambulances and cars.

Earlier on Friday, the SNC said in Cairo that it was pushing forward with efforts to name a transitional government in the coming days.

Walid al-Bunni, an SNC spokesperson, said that the transitional set-up would control rebel-controlled areas in Syria.

He said that the prime minister would be named on March 2 during a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, after consultations were held within the opposition.

Bunni said that the SNC was open to a negotiated end to the conflict, but that it would not negotiate with Assad.

Assad and government officials involved in the killing of rebels must step down and face charges, he said.

Al Jazeera

  • Prophettttt

    It is shameful indeed.
    Shameful, that thousands of people have been killed for no good reason.
    Shameful that the world can’t see that there is no military solution in Syria and that ultimately,
    a political solution is the only way.
    Shameful because when such a solution takes place, all will wonder why so many people
    had to die.
    Shameful that the world encouraged a legitimate public revolution to be hijacked by
    criminal jihadists.
    Shameful that Arab dictators conspired to destroy Syria,as a way of revenge against Bashar.
    Shameful that the so called opposition allowed itself to be used by the worse dictators in the region.
    Shameful that the regime didn’t respond fast enough to public dissatisfaction.
    Shameful, that the Arab world, for two years,blocked all efforts and proposals offered by the regime for
    political solution.
    Shameful, that the so called “democratic world” is supporting suicide bombers, who blow
    themselves up in marketplaces and kill innocent people.
    Shameful, that the gulf dictators who suppress their own people are exporting jihadists and criminal to fight and kill in Syria in the name of democracy and freedom.
    Shameful that that the civilized world are calling the criminal gangs who were imported
    from north Africa and elsewhere “Freedom fighters” and ‘ revolution
    fighters”,but have the nerve to label true resistance of occupation as terrorists.
    Shameful that the world watches how these jihadists are beheading people and teaching
    kids to do so without a word of condemnation.
    Shameful, that these jihadists are dismantling all
    factories and public facilities and selling them to Turkish gangsters.
    Shameful that Turkey opened its borders to the “fighters –for- hire” and established military
    camps for them to kill people.
    Shameful that the Syrian people didn’t learn from Lebanon’s experience with civil wars; that there is no winner in civil wars, and there is no patriotism when you seek help from outside against your own
    people.
    I’m not ashamed to admit that if I were a Syrian, I’d take any dictatorship over the sectarian jihadist criminals who would take Syria to the Stone Age with their wicked and ignorant mentality.
    Shameful…shameful…shameful……
    Ok, now I put my helmet on…….

    • Moe28

      Very true it’s shameful many of Syria’s neighbors are happy to push chaos anarchy and murder in order to destabilize the Regime allied to Russia and Iran simply for that reason alone because Syria is not a puppet regime.

    • 5thDrawer

      No need for a helmet on that one Prophet. Shameful desperate humanity reigns in all of it.
      But nobody in Syria or all the Mid-East wanted the kind of ‘action’ that would take a dictator down fast, and after Iraq and Afganistan AND Libya, ‘the west’ is certainly loath to do it. Essentially nothing changes after because ‘sides’ keep finding the weapons and excuses to kill each other, and whatever ‘the west’ thinks is a ‘better way’ can’t be forced on ‘a people’ who think ‘it’ is the devil incarnate.
      Yes, the dictatorship worked … as any usually do … for the people on the inside. But was it good? It’s certainly shown how good it is now that it’s really ticked off and just firing rockets willy-nilly on anything and everyone. Street Warfare – as we have experienced – the worst kind. Would 50,000 UN Troops have changed that?? No. Will anyone change the mind-set of Jihadists? No.
      Shameful indeed.

    • AntiFSA01

      Perfectly put Prophet. Again as usual

  • Prophettttt

    It is shameful indeed.
    Shameful, that thousands of people have been killed for no good reason.
    Shameful that the world can’t see that there is no military solution in Syria and that ultimately,
    a political solution will take place.
    Shameful that when such a solution takes place, we all will wonder why so many people
    had to die.
    Shameful that the world encouraged a legitimate public revolution be hijacked by
    criminal jihadists.
    Shameful that Arab dictators conspired to destroy Syria.
    Shameful that the regime didn’t respond fast enough to public dissatisfaction.
    Shameful, that the Arab world, for two years, refused any effort by the regime for
    political solution.
    Shameful, that the so called “democratic world” is supporting suicide bombers, who blow
    themselves up in marketplaces and kill innocent people.
    Shameful, that the gulf dictators who suppress their own people are exporting jihadists
    and criminal to fight and kill in Syria in the name of democracy and freedom.
    Shameful that that the civilized world are calling the criminal gangs who were imported
    from north Africa and elsewhere “Freedom fighters” and ‘ revolution
    fighters”
    Shameful that the world watches how these jihadists are beheading people and teaching
    kids to do so without a word of condemnation.
    Shameful, these jihadists are dismantling all
    factories and public facilities and selling them to Turkish gangsters.
    Shameful that Turkey opened its borders to the “fighters –for- hire” and established military
    camps for them to kill people.
    Shameful that the Syrian people didn’t learn from Lebanon’s experience with civil wars; that there is no winners in civil wars, and there is no patriotism when you seek help from outside against your own
    people.
    I’m not ashamed to admit that if I were a Syrian, I’d take any dictatorship over the sectarian jihadist criminals who would take Syria to the Stone Age with their wicked and ignorant mentality.
    Shameful…shameful…shameful……

    • Moe28

      Very true it’s shameful many of Syria’s neighbors are happy to push chaos and anarchy and murder in order to destabilize the Regime allied to Russia and Iran simply for that reason alone because Syria is not a puppet regime.

    • 5thDrawer

      No need for a helmet on that one Prophet. Shameful desperate humanity reigns in all of it.
      But nobody in Syria or all the Mid-East wanted the kind of ‘action’ that would take a dictator down fast, and after Iraq and Afganistan AND Libya, ‘the west’ is certainly loath to do it. Essentially nothing changes after because ‘sides’ keep finding the weapons and excuses to kill each other, and whatever ‘the west’ thinks is a ‘better way’ can’t be forced on ‘a people’ who think ‘it’ is the devil incarnate.
      Yes, the dictatorship worked … as any usually do … for the people on the inside. But was it good? It’s certainly shown how good it is now that it’s really ticked off and just firing rockets willy-nilly on anything and everyone. Street Warfare – as we have experienced – the worst kind. Would 50,000 UN Troops have changed that?? No. Will anyone change the mind-set of Jihadists? No.
      Shameful indeed.

    • AntiFSA01

      Perfectly put Prophet. Again as usual