The Syrian National Coalition issued a statement condemning "any breach of international humanitarian law." The statement was issued following the publication of a Human Rights Watch report accusing Islamist militants of executing 67 people and kidnapping 200 in Alawite villages on the Syrian Coast in August 2013.
The Syrian National Coalition declared in its statement that it "will not tolerate this kind of violations, and those who committed them will be held accountable." The Coalition blamed the HRW for overlooking "the tireless and continued efforts by the coalition and the FSA to enforce law and order" in the opposition-controlled areas.
The HRW's 105-pages report is based on field investigations and interviews conducted by Human Rights Watch workers with 35 people, including survivors of the alleged attacks on the fourth of August on ten Alawite villages. Allegedly, at least 57 women and 18 children were amongst the victims. According to the report, 67 unarmed civilians were killed while trying to escape the massacre.
The New York-based organization, reported that no less than 20 armed groups, including ISIS and Jabhat Al-Nusra, participated in the "Liberating the Coast" operation which targeted at least 10 villages.Later, on August 18 the Syrian regime regained full control of those villages . According to the HRW report, ISIS and the Muhajireen and Anssar Army are still holding at least 200 civilian hostages, mostly women and children.