Salvation Government replaces Syrian Revolution flag during conference in Idlib

Editing Ayham Nasif | Translation Maan Salti | Translation Editing Farah Nassif 🕔 Publication Date: December 10, 2018, 10:19:20 PM wire POLITICS Hayat Tahrir al-Sham

Idlib - SMART

The Salvation Government, which operates in Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) opposition faction-controlled areas in Northern Syria, replaced the flag of the Syrian revolution during a conference held by the government's foundational committee.

On Sunday, a knowledgeable source told SMART that the foundational committee raised the new flag during a meeting in the conference hall of the Bab al-Hawa passage at the Syrian-Turkish border while announcing the new structure of the government.

Earlier, Syrian activists circulated a statement from the Salvation Government's foundational committee about adopting a new flag in Northern Syria. Most activists refused the new flag, reminding the committee that they carried the Syrian Revolution flag during the demonstrations to demand the overthrow of the Syrian regime.

The new flag consists of several colors: green on the top, white in the middle, black on the bottom, and a phrase that reads, "There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the Prophet of Allah," written in red Ruq'ah script calligraphy over the white section.

Earlier, several Islamist factions lowered the Syrian Revolution flag that was raised in the cities out of the Syrian government forces' control, resulting in confrontations between activists and Islamist faction members.

After the peaceful demonstrations in Syria in 2011, the demonstrators adopted the flag approved by the 1950 Syrian constitution, which consists of a green stripe on the top, white in the middle, black in the bottom, and three five-headed stars in red over the white stripe.

The foundational committee was formed during the Syrian General Conference in October 2017. The committee then formed the Salvation Government, which runs the civil affairs of people in the HTS-controlled areas in Northern Syria.

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Editing Ayham Nasif | Translation Maan Salti | Translation Editing Farah Nassif 🕔 Publication Date: December 10, 2018, 10:19:20 PM wire POLITICS Hayat Tahrir al-Sham
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