Such attacks clearly demonstrate the Regime's contempt for international institutions and processes that attempt to regulate the direct targeting of civilians.
Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 17, 2015
The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) today, in response to the death of at least 100 civilians in regime air attacks on the Damascus suburb of Douma, renews its demand for the immediate formation of a No-Fly-Zone over Syria. Thirty-five children were among the dead, and an additional 325 individuals were injured. A marketplace was deliberately targeted during rush hour so as to maximize civilian casualties. Air strikes have continued throughout the night.
These heinous attacks came just as Stephan O'Brien, the new United Nations aid chief, was a mere 10 miles away in Damascus assessing Syria’s humanitarian needs. On April 17, 2015, the Assad regime also launched chemical attacks on Sarmin soon after the U.N. Security Council met to discuss earlier chemical attacks on the town. Such attacks clearly demonstrate the Regime's contempt for international institutions and processes that attempt to regulate the direct targeting of civilians.
As the second anniversary of Assad's 2013 sarin gas attacks approaches, last night's attacks in Douma highlight that both the US government and the United Nations have abjectly failed in their attempts to use rhetoric to modify the behavior of the Syrian regime. As recently as Friday, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power condemned regime air attacks on civilians. Secretary of State John Kerry has repeatedly held news conferences stating that Assad must go. Yet Assad remains in power and continues to massacre civilians with air strikes.
CDS is deeply concerned that our government has been reduced to a stenographer of Assad’s atrocities, rather than a force for peace and progress in Syria. For this reason, CDS is immediately calling for a Syrian No-Fly-Zone that will prevent further such attacks.
The Coalition for a Democratic Syria is a group of Syrian-American non-profit organizations working together to bring about a swift end to the conflict and support the establishment of peace, freedom, and democracy in Syria. The CDS is a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional, non-partisan organization. The CDS includes: Syrian Emergency Task Force, United for Free Syria, Syrian American Council, Syrian American Alliance, Syrian Christians for Peace, the Association of Free Syrians, and the American Syriac Union.