Last updated: 10 July, 2013

Syrian opposition urges pressure for Ramadan Homs truce

The new leader of Syria’s opposition National Coalition has called for international pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to accept a truce in the central city of Homs for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

In video footage of a press conference in Istanbul Monday, Ahmad Oweinan al-Assi said the Coalition’s priority was to ensure humanitarian and military support for the rebels, in order to “change the power balance on the ground” in the coming months.

The footage was published on the Coalition’s YouTube page on Wednesday.

“We in the (opposition) National Coalition call on the international community to pressure the regime and its allies to accept such a truce, to stop the bloodletting of Syrians during the holy month,” he said.