The Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) strongly condemns the heinous act of war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Israeli occupation forces. In a direct attack, they bombed the Baptist Hospital in the Gaza Strip, resulting in the tragic loss of hundreds of innocent lives. Simultaneously, they continue their relentless assaults on civilian neighborhoods throughout the Gaza Strip.

The SOC emphasizes that the bombing of the Baptist Hospital constitutes a clear violation of international law and international humanitarian law, categorically constituting war crimes and crimes against humanity. The SOC voices deep concern over the ongoing silence of the international community in the face of the horrifying atrocities unfolding in the Gaza Strip. The situation can only be described as genocidal acts committed against the Palestinian people at the hands of the Israeli occupation forces.

The SOC urgently calls upon the international community and the United Nations Security Council to convene an emergency session aimed at crafting and implementing decisive measures to halt these atrocities and ensure the immediate protection of civilians. It also appeals to international organizations to exert all available pressure to put an end to the continued aggression against the Palestinian people and to uphold international laws and humanitarian principles. Furthermore, the SOC steadfastly opposes the Israeli occupation’s endeavors to forcibly displace the residents of the Gaza Strip.

The SOC extends its deepest condolences to the Palestinian people, sharing in their grief. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the innocent victims. We also extend our heartfelt wishes for the swift recovery of the wounded.
Haytham Rahmeh, the Secretary-General of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), has strongly condemned the ruthless attacks on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip. He characterizes the Israeli occupation’s actions against civilians in Gaza as war crimes and crimes against humanity, emphasizing the urgency of international community, international organizations, and the Arab League’s intervention to halt the daily massacres endured by the people of Gaza.

Rahmeh underlines that, in accordance with the Rome Statute, the forced displacement of civilians, whether in Gaza or Syria, constitutes a crime against humanity when directed against a civilian population, especially when carried out on a large scale or systematically.

He further states, “We have consistently warned against international inaction concerning the atrocities and massacres transpiring worldwide. Following the Syrian people’s abandonment to the Assad regime, its allies, and militias, similar atrocities have recurred in Ukraine following the Russian invasion, and now in Palestine at the hands of the Israeli entity.”

Rahmeh insists that the international community must establish a mechanism to deter criminals, pursue prosecution, and strengthen international peace and security. This is crucial to prevent the outbreak of further conflicts and the shedding of more innocent blood.

Rahmeh reiterates that the Syrian revolutionary forces affirm the right of the Palestinian people to establish their state with Jerusalem as its capital. He underscores the profound fraternal bond between the Syrian and Palestinian populations, both striving for freedom and independence from oppression and tyranny.