Iranian intervention in Syria must stop - Syrian opposition
George Sabra, the acting head of the Syrian National Coalition. Image courtesy of Al Arabiya
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The international community must act to get rid of the “Iranian invasion,” in Syria, acting head of the main opposition group, the Syrian National Council (SNC), said during a press conference held in the Turkish capital on Saturday.
George Sabra said Iran and its proxy in Syria, the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, “are working to destroy national security in Syria and in the region.”
Sabra sounded the alarm that what is happening in Syria is also an attempt by the allies: “Iran, Hezbollah and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki” to transform the region into opposing groups and to dismantle peaceful coexistence that has long been enjoyed by the region’s different religious sects.
“Alarm bells are now ringing. What is happening in Syria will open the doors of hell on the region,” he said, adding that “Iran is working to transform our region into warring groups. This is what the Mullahs in Iran want.”
However, he said what is happening in Syria “will close doors” for diplomatic initiatives needed to end the conflict.
“You invaders, Syrians will wait for you in every street in the country,” he threatened, indicating a stronger stance being taken by the SNC.
He urged the Arab League to enact a provision that stipulates other Arab countries defend another Arab state under invasion. The Syrian opposition gained the empty Syrian seat at the Arab League in March 2013.
“The invaders have placed their black flags on our mosques and churches in Syria,” Sabra said in reference to Hezbollah supporters raising flags with the Shiite “Ya Hussein” or “Oh hail Hussein” inscribed on it.
“World powers do not need convincing, they know facts, that’s why we request them to take responsibility for what is happening.”
Sabra, a Syrian Christian, rebuffed claims that the rebels fighting against Assad’s regime are “terrorists” or radical Islamists.
“The sheer fact that 100 different protests took place yesterday in Syria,” indicates Syrians are demonstrating peacefully, he added.
Meanwhile, Secretary General of the SNC, Mustafa al-Sabbagh, said it is “evident” the Syrian regime has fallen.
“The biggest indicator that the Syrian regime has fallen is that we Syrians are fighting Hezbollah and Iran on our land,” adding, “we urge the international community to show its commitment,” and end the two-year conflict.