Allegations of Syrian Govt. Crimes in Aleppo Are Groundless: Jaafari

Envoy tells emergency session at the UN that Syrian government is practicing its constitutional and legal duty to protect its citizens against terrorism in Aleppo

Syria’s envoy to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, rejected on Tuesday accusations by the US and other Western nations that the Syrian government has committed crimes in Aleppo.

Addressing an emergency session of the UN Security Council on the situation in Aleppo, Jaafari said that since the beginning of the terrorist war against Syria, some Security Council member states calls for urgent sessions were based on misleading information whenever the Syrian army and its allies achieve advances against terrorist organizations.

Jaafari dismissed all reports that the Syrian government has targeted citizens in Aleppo city, affirming that what Syria and its allies are doing in Aleppo and other Syrian cities is “practicing the constitutional and legal duty of every government; that is to protect its citizens against terrorism.”

He made clear that the Syrian government’s primary concern in Aleppo is protecting civilians, opening safe corridors, providing makeshift centers, issuing amnesty decisions and delivering food and medical aid.

Jaafari criticized UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon for rushing to issue statements based on unverified reports in order to defame the Syrian government and its allies that are fighting terrorism.

The envoy dismissed that some states, in their attempts to assist terrorists, have denied the Syrian government its duty to verify the identity of those who are leaving neighborhoods in Aleppo, pointing to reports by the Security Council speaking of tens of thousands of foreign terrorists from more than a 100 countries operating in Syria. He added that this examination would aim to prevent these terrorists from infiltrating other areas, and probably other countries, and resuming their acts there.

He cited dozens of photos portraying terrorists trying to escape from eastern Aleppo after posing among civilians in women’s clothes prior to being captured by the Syrian army.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.


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