Damascus, SANA – The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry sent two letters to the UN Secretary-General and the head of the Security Council in which it said that the US aggression on positions for the Syrian Arab Army in al-Tharda Mountain in the surroundings of Deir Ezzor Airport is a serious and blatant attack on the Syrian Arab Republic and its army.
” At 05:00 pm, September 17th, 2016, five US aircrafts launched fierce airstrike on the Syrian Army positions in al-Tharda Mountain in the surroundings of Deir Ezzor Airport. The attack lasted for an hour,” the ministry said.
“The facts speak for themselves. This attack is deliberate and the US has plotted it in order to implement its strategy in continuing the terrorists’ war against the Syrian army. The attack launched by the ISIS terrorists on the same site and taking control over it proves the correctness of what has been previously stated and highlights the coordination between this terrorist organization and the US,” added the ministry.
In its letters, the ministry noted that this flagrant aggression resulted in dozens of victims among the Syrian army forces which are defending tens of thousands of civilians who still suffer under the siege imposed by the ISIS on Deir Ezzor city.
The Ministry said that “this cowardly US aggression is incontrovertible evidence that the United States and its allies support ISIS and other armed terrorist groups. Moreover, it exposes the US false allegations of fighting terrorism and restoring security and peace to the Syrian territory.”
Syria demands that the UN Security Council condemn this aggression and force the United States to never repeat it and to respect Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integration as well as to abide by the International Law, the UN Charter and the UN Security Council resolutions on counterterrorism.
The Ministry went on to say that Syria affirms that fighting terrorism is only acceptable within the framework of coordinating with the Syrian government and army, and any action outside international legitimacy can only be considered a blatant violation of Syria’s sovereignty.
“The Syrian government stresses its determination to go ahead with its war on terrorism and its sincere endeavors to reach out a political solution to the crisis through the intra-Syrian dialogue that preserves the rights of the Syrian people and maintain Syria’s key role in regional and international arenas away from any foreign intervention,” it concluded.
Foreign Ministry: Syrian government exerts positive efforts to deliver humanitarian aid
An official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that due to the increasing number of inaccurate statements by some international parties regarding the delivery of aid to Aleppo city, the government of the Syrian Arab Republic affirms that it fulfills its obligations to its people all over Syria in order to overcome the difficult conditions that the country suffers from, thus in this respect it does what is necessary to deliver humanitarian aid to those in need anywhere in Syria.
The source added in a statement of which SANA received a copy that the Syrian government confirms that it has done everything required to facilitate the arrival of the convoy of the humanitarian aid to eastern Aleppo.
The source explained that due to the commitments through which the Syrian authorities agreed to deliver the aid, and contrary to all the rumors, it did not receive any assurances regarding the safety of the convoys, since the gunmen are still firing at the road through which the convoys will run and the armed terrorist groups are also firing the side roads surrounding the main road through which the convoys pass.
The statement affirmed that the Syrian government has done what is necessary in order to open a safe corridor for the convoys, and that it established special posts for that purpose, particularly by members of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), noting that the armed groups have not withdrawn from the roads up till now and that they continue committing serious provocative acts.
The source concluded by saying that the Syrian government confirms again that it undertakes all possible positive and constructive efforts to achieve the goal of delivering humanitarian aid to those who need it and expresses willingness for dialogue and cooperation with international parties concerned with implementing what has been agreed upon with the United Nations, particularly the measures related to humanitarian situations.