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Kuwait condemns IS seizure of lands
June 24, 2015, 10:09 am

The State of Kuwait has voiced deep concern at fall of large swaths of lands in Syria at the hands of the terrorist organization, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Ambassador Jamal Al- Ghuneim, the permanent envoy to the UN, said in a statement at the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council, that Kuwait stands alongside the international community in combating destructive thoughts “upon which this organization is based” and stressed that Islam does not call for promoting hatred and breaching basic human rights. “At these blessed times of the fasting month of Ramadan, we recall plight of millions of Syrians who have taken up refuge in neighboring states, while many others have been displaced in their country, with no glimpse of hope for a political solution to this conflict,” he said.

Hardship of the Syrian people has always been “in the heart of the State of Kuwait’s external humanitarian diplomacy,” Ambassador Al-Ghuneim said, noting Kuwait’s hosting of three international conferences for raising donations for the Syrian refugees. While re-affirming Kuwait’s robust commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, territorial sanctity and unity, Ambassador Al- Ghuneim called for ceasing the fighting immediately and urged all stakeholders to help in reaching a settlement in accordance with the Syrian people’s aspirations. “Kuwait strongly condemns the systematic and dangerous breaches of the human rights of the Syrian people, revealed in the report of the independent fact-finding commission in front of the UNHCR,” he stated further.

He called for halting attacks against civilians, random employment of heavy arms against populated regions, lifting the siege on some areas and facilitating deliv-ery of humanitarian aid materials. He also stressed that the Syrian authorities must respect their obligations as stipulated by the international laws. Syrian Kurds and allied rebels, meanwhile, advanced against the Islamic State group on Tuesday, capturing a strategic town a day after seizing a base from the jihadists near their Raqa bastion.

A spokesman for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and a Britainbased monitor said anti-IS forces took Ain Issa after capturing the nearby Brigade 93 base overnight. “Ain Issa has come under our full control, along with dozens of villages in the surrounding area,” YPG spokesman Redur Khalil told AFP. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said IS had withdrawn from the town and YPG and rebel forces were now sweeping it to clear mines laid by the jihadists.

Ain Issa’s fall comes after IS ceded control of the Brigade 93 base on Monday night and the border town of Tal Abyad more than a week ago. Ain Issa and Brigade 93 are around 55 kms (35 miles) north of Raqa, the de facto capital of IS’s self-declared Islamic “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq. They both lie on a main highway between Kurdish-held territory in Aleppo province to the west and Hasakeh province to the east. The same route links territory held by IS in Aleppo and Hasakeh provinces.

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