U.S. Muslim Groups Calling for No-Fly Zone to Protect Syrian Civilians


Date published: Fri, 4 September 15

On Friday, September 4, representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) joined leaders of other national Muslim organizations, including ICNA Council for Social Justice, and of the Syrian-American community at a news conference in Washington, D.C., to call for immediate action by the Obama administration to help end the suffering of the Syrian people, which has reached levels of death and destruction not seen since World War II.

One of the key recommendations for administration action was to establish a no-fly zone to protect Syrian civilians from aerial attack.

Syrian Refuge Crisis Press Conference

Rameez Abid, Communication Director for ICNA CSJ, speaking at the press conference.

“These are human beings just like you and I,” said Rameez Abid, Communications Director of ICNA Council for Social Justice, “they are fathers, mothers, daughters, husbands, and wives. And they are demanding nothing different than what we would if we were in their situation. They have a right to basic human needs, such as, safety, food and shelter just like every human being in the world.”

You can view the complete press conference below.