The Syrian National Council’s (SNC) Executive Office engaged in extensive contacts at the Arab and international levels, following the Syrian regime’s brutal massacres and acts of genocide in Zawyia
mountain (Idlib) and Homs. At least 250 civilians, including women and children, have been killed in these latest massacres.
In this regard, the SNC directed letters to representatives of the 15 member nations of the UN Security Council, including the permanent
members, urging them to convene in an emergency session to discuss the brutal and systematic killings, the humanitarian situation, and the displacements forced by the regime and its security and military
The SNC stressed in the letters that the regime is using children as human shields so that tanks and armored vehicles can storm residential areas. Incidents of gruesome murders have been recorded, including examples such as the killing of four brothers from the Hajj Ali family in Idlib; and the killing of Sheikh Ahmadal-Fateh, the Imam of Shamali
mosque in Kafar Awaid village (Idlib), who was beheaded before his head was hung above the entrance to the mosque.
The SNC also pointed to the regime’s use of heavy weapons and artillery in shelling civilian neighborhoods, as was the case in the Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs, as well as in the villages of Kansafra,Kafar Awaid, and Mazrain (Idlib), where a large number of residents were killed. Other residents were forced to flee under heavy gunfire.
The SNC also issued urgent communiqués to the Arab League; the Organization of Islamic Cooperation; the Gulf Cooperation Council; the General Secretariat of the United Nations; the U.S. Department of State; the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs; representatives from the Chinese Foreign Ministry; and the governments of France, Spain,Germany, Canada, Tunisia, Libya, and Sudan.
The SNC urgently requested that these parties support the Syrian people’s and the Syrian Revolution’s demands for international protection, the establishment of safe zones for civilians, and the
establishment of humanitarian corridors for delivery of relief,medical, and other humanitarian needs. The SNC also demanded a prompt intervention to stop the massacres, which have reached the level of
genocide and which coincide with the signing of the Arab League Protocol to send observers into Syria.