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Syria urges Security Council to stop US-led coalition’s war crimes

This file picture shows a view of the building of Syria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates in the capital, Damascus. (Photo by Sputnik news agency)

Damascus has called on the United Nations Security Council to act against the insistence of the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group on perpetrating massacres against the Syrian nation, and supporting the remnants of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, in two separate letters sent to UN Secretary General António Guterres and rotating President of the UN Security Council Mansour Ayyad al-Otaibi on Tuesday, stated that the only goal of the “rogue” military alliance is to undermine Syria’s sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity and to prolong the current crisis.

“The Syrian Arab Republic urges the Security Council to shoulder its responsibility regarding establishment of international peace and security, and act immediately to stop the war crimes being committed by this alliance against the Syrian people, and ensure that they do not occur again,” the letters read.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry also demanded an end to the illegal presence of US forces on the Syrian soil, and cessation of US suspicious plans that seek to divide Syria and plunder its resources.

A picture taken on September 5, 2017 shows smoke billowing out following a US-led coalition airstrike in the western al-Daraiya neighborhood of the embattled northern Syrian city of Raqqah. (Photo by AFP)

On February 25, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported that US-led airstrikes had targeted the villages of al-Sha'afa and Dharat Allouni in the country’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, killing 29 civilians and injuring dozens of others.

The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate. 

The military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of achieving its declared goal of destroying Daesh.

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