Syrian FM:

US-led coalition targeting violates Syria’s sovereignty, territorial integrity

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DAMASCUS, May 17 (MNA) – Syrian Foreign Ministry described as “blatant aggression against the Syrian people and flagrant violation of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” the illegal US-led coalition airstrikes which killed dozens of innocent Syrian civilians in al-Ekirshi village in Raqqa province and al-Boukamal in Deir Ezzor.

“On May 15th, 2017, the illegal US-led coalition killed more than 26 people in al-Ekirshi village in Raqqa province,” said the ministry in two letters addressed to the Secretary General of the United Nations and Chairman of the UN Security Council, adding that “the death toll is expected to rise due to the number of severely injured civilians and the huge destruction caused by the US-led coalition attack to the houses.”

The Ministry referred to the US-led Coalition airstrikes against civilians in al-Boukamal city which claimed the lives of more than 31 people, the majority of whom were children and women, indicating that many civilians were severely injured while others are still trapped under the debris as the attack caused  the collapse of several residential buildings with inhabitants inside.

In its letters, the ministry noted that the international coalition forces admitted in a statement issued last week that hundreds of innocent civilians were killed by mistake during their operations in Syria, adding that the formal acknowledgement of committing massacres against thousands of innocent children and women leaves no room for doubt about the catastrophic consequences of this coalition on the Syrian people.

The coalition forces’ continued crimes against women picking cotton, not to mention the killing of children, elderly people and innocents set evidence that these acts were committed according to a certain course that cannot be morally justified or accepted, it added.

The ministry condemned in the strongest possible terms the coalition forces’ repeated attacks, that are denounced by the international law and the UN Charter, as they do not target the terrorists and the parties which support them rather they enabled those terrorists to commit more crimes against Syria.

The ministry made clear that Syria, based on its responsibility to protect its people and borders, reiterated that the real enemy to the Syrian people is the terrorist organizations such as the ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra which the US-led coalition as well as other states like Saudi Arania, Turkey, Qatar and Britain supply with weapons and funds in order to achieve their goal in destroying Syria, killing its people and prolonging war serving their interests and policies.

It concluded that Syria, once again, demands the UNSC to halt and never overlook the attacks committed by the illegal US-led coalition against the Syrian people which violate the UNSC resolutions and the UN Charter, adding that nowadays, more respect to the international humanitarian law is required.

SANA/MNA

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