BEIRUT: A member of a prominent opposition group demanded Monday that the National Coalition leadership resign en masse for its failure to defend Syrians inside the country.
The proposal was made by Marwan Hajjo Rifai, a founding member of the Syrian National Council, which was the principal opposition-in-exile group before it was eclipsed by the coalition.
In a letter published on a pro-opposition website, Rifai said the coalition’s members had failed to rally the international community in order to pressure the Syrian regime to lift its blockade of civilian areas or ensure that international bodies deliver aid to such regions.
The coalition has also failed to pressure the regime to halt its use of heavy weapons and crude “barrel bombs” against civilian populations, despite the group’s ties with foreign countries, he said.
“Let the international community put Syria under international protection,” Hajjo wrote.
“Our presence has become catastrophic for people inside the country … if the coalition wishes to remain just as a means for convening the Geneva II conference and sitting down with the killer of children … then let the coalition go to hell.”