AA / Doha, Qatar / Ahmed Yousef
Qatar condemned on Sunday the brutal attack launched by Syrian regime forces on Daraa province in the south of the country, saying that “the horrific crimes committed by the Syrian regime have resulted in the displacement of dozens of families” .
In a statement, Qatar’s foreign ministry called the attack “a continuation of the series of heinous crimes the regime has committed against the Syrian people in recent years.”
The statement added that the attacks by Syrian regime forces require “urgent action by the international community to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure.”
Qatar also reiterated its position of “supporting international efforts aimed at finding a political solution to end the Syrian crisis.”
Deraa al-Balad has been blockaded by regime forces since June 25 after residents, including former members of the Syrian opposition, resisted orders to surrender small arms and allow regime forces to search houses in the area.
The Horan Freedoms Community said that during recent Russian-led mediation talks with the opposition, regime forces have made these demands on residents and armed opposition groups, as well as the establishment of nine checkpoints in the neighborhood.
These conditions were, however, rejected by the Daraa-based Reconciliation Center, which negotiated on behalf of the residents, prompting the regime to carry out further attacks on the besieged city.
Daraa, known as the birthplace of the Syrian revolution, has some 40,000 inhabitants and was an opposition stronghold until 2018.
Syria has been ravaged by a civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.
* Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj
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