Al-Jaafari: Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists take citizens in Idleb as human shields… the State’s duty is to protect civilians from terrorism

New York, SANA- Syria’s permanent representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, said on Tuesday that Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization, which controls the majority of Idleb province, continues its aggressions on the neighboring regions and sites of the army, and it is the State’s right and duty to protect its citizens from terrorism.

“Syria will liberate all its territory from terrorism and from any illegitimate foreign presence in the country,” al-Jaafari added at a UN Security Council session on the situation in Syria.

He went on to say that some SC member states have worked, since the beginning of the crisis, to exploit the humanitarian issue in order to defame the efforts of the Syrian State’s institutions, distort its image and stir up the public opinion against it.

“Syria will spare no effort to rescue its citizens from the dominance of terrorist organizations in Idleb which take people as human shields and to put an end to the attacks of those terrorists on civilians in the neighboring towns and cities,” al-Jaafari said.

He called on the countries concerned to withdraw its nationals of foreign terrorists, estimated at tens of thousands, from Syria immediately and bringing them to justice for their crimes against humanity.

Al-Jaafari added that the US occupation forces and their affiliated terrorists still seize thousands of civilians at al-Rukban camp in al-Tanf, prevent them from returning to their areas and reject to remove the camp, calling on the UNSC to force the US to abstain from obstructing the Russian-Syrian efforts  to end the suffering of the camp residents.

He affirmed that the situation in al-Houl camp in the north-east of Syria is similar to that bad situation of al-Rukban one as it is subjected to  Qasd militia which is affiliated to the US.

“The presence of any foreign military forces on the Syrian territory, without the Syrian government acceptance, is an aggression and occupation,” al-Jaafari said, calling on the UNSC to immediately move and stop the practices of the Turkish regime that aim at changing the demographic nature of the regions its occupies.

He said that like the same what has happened when the Syrian army advanced in Eastern Ghouta and Aleppo, we witness statements issues by senior officials at the US, Britain and France which threaten to move when chemical weapons are used, as if they tell the terrorist groups that the only way to rescue them is the use of chemical weapons to accuse the Syrian government of using them.

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