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A damaged building in Idlib city, Syria. Reuters file photo

London- The Syrian Coalition has urged friendly countries to support the establishment of a unified national army “made of the revolutionary armed groups forming an integral part of the international coalition against terror.”

The Coalition on Friday held a press conference at the headquarters of the Secretariat in Istanbul, Turkey, to define its position on the latest developments in Syria.

Head of the Coalition’s media department Ahmed Ramadan said: “The grave and unfortunate developments that have recently taken place in Idlib province did not come as a surprise given the conspicuous lack of sufficient support for the Free Syrian Army groups and the failure to empower the Syrian people through their legitimate political institutions to establish a unified national army.”

“The latest developments in Idlib province have put the opposition armed groups in front of a national responsibility to integrate into a single national army whose primary task is to defend the liberated areas from the attacks of the Assad regime forces and their allies and to liberate the areas under the control of terrorist groups,” he added.

The coalition also condemned the blatant intervention of “Hezbollah” in Syria’s Qalamoun and its siege of several towns and villages in the area in an attempt to force local residents out of their homes.

“These actions are aimed at serving the Iranian agenda to bring about a demographic change in the area, which includes large territories of rural Damascus, it said.