The Syrian National Democratic Alliance (SNDA) released a statement about the situation in Aleppo calling the opposition factions to negotiate within Syria’s agendas while accusing Turkey of betraying the opposition groups. In the statement, the SNDA called upon the United Nations to aid the Internally Displaced People (IDP) due to the recent conflict in east Aleppo. The SNDA formed in September of 2014 which includes Arabs, Kurds, Christians and Turkmen aiming to establish a political front that includes Syrians from different ethnicities and backgrounds.
Full text of the statement:
For Syrians, Aleppo represents the Syria’s origins and civilization, it is a strategic gateway to the Middle East.
There is no doubt that the conflict in Aleppo is a part of the larger conflict in the region, which must be described, at the very least, as inhuman. The killing of women, children, and the elderly and the destruction of buildings are entirely divorced from humanity.
We, the Syrian National Democratic Alliance, condemn and reject these types of abuses against civilians in Aleppo and throughout all of Syria, and we consider the Syrian regime’s forces and the armed groups of the Syrian Coalition most responsible for what is taking place on the ground.
The armed factions allied with Turkey are implementing Turkey’s orders and plans, large and small, and thus the situation in Aleppo has reached the current level. An agreement between Russia and Turkey was reached stating that all forces would be withdrawn and sent to al-Bab, leading to the inhumane siege on Aleppo. The regime forces entered the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, where the inhumane acts against civilians were committed. Turkey’s betrayal of the Syrian people striving for freedom and democracy continues. The blood of the Syrian people is now being sold according to the interests of various conflicting forces.
We appeal to the United Nations and the Security Council to rescue the trapped and displaced civilians from these neighborhoods and provide aid for the displaced civilians in the Shiekh Maqsoud district which is controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces. We value the role of the Syrian Democratic Forces in rescuing tens of thousands of trapped civilians in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo.
We call upon all Syrian national and democratic forces to sit at the same table and work find a political solution to the crisis in Syria.
Syrian National Democratic Alliance
December 14, 2016