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Foreign Ministry: al-Qaeda-linked Groups Carried out Several Terrorist Bombings in Damascus, including al-Thawra St. Explosion

Feb 21, 2013


DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Foreign and Expatriates Ministry addressed two identical letters to thePresident of the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary General on terrorist bombings which hit Damascus City on Thursday, the most violent of which is the terrorist bombing in al-Thawra Street.

TheMinistry said inthe letters that Damascus witnessed a series of terrorist bombings on Thursday, the most violent of which was the terrorist bombing which hit al-Thawra St. near al-Mazaraa neighborhood and calimed the lives of53 martyrswhile hundreds were injured, including children and students.

The ministry added that the terrorist bombing caused huge damage to al-Hayat Hospital and Abdullah bin al-Zubair School, in addition to burning several cars.

Authorities stopped a car loaded with tons of explosives in the same site and arrested the suicide terrorist who was driving the car.

The ministry added that those terrorist acts coincided with targeting a number of residential buildings with mortar shells, causing material damage, while the armed terrorist groups targetedon wednesdaythe Syrian sports institutions as they attacked Tishreen Sports City with two mortar shells, causing the martyrdom of player Youssef Suleiman and injuring others.

The Ministry said that those coward terrorist acts which targeted crowded areas in the Syrian capital, Damascus, come in continuation of the terrorist bombings witnessed in Damascus and other Syrian provinces which were perpetrated by al-Qaeda-linked armed terrorist groups which receive financial and logistic support and media and political coverage from regional and foreign countries.

The Ministry added that the credibility of combating terrorism which has always been a matter of concern for the international community is now under unprecedented test as the most disgusting form of terrorism hit the Syrian civilians with no mercy or differentiating between an elderly man or a child.

The Ministry added that the credibility of combating terrorism which has always been a matter of concern for the international community is now under unprecedented test as the most disgusting form of terrorism hit the Syrian civilians with no mercy or differentiating between an elderly man or a child.

The Ministry added that the credibility of combating terrorism which has always been a matter of concern for the international community is now under unprecedented test as the most disgusting form of terrorism hit the Syrian civilians with no mercy or differentiating between an elderly man or a child.

The letters added that Syria, in its previous letters to the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary General, called for firm and clear condemnation of these heinous terrorist crimes by the UN member states and for holding countries which support such acts as responsible, whatsoever the form of such support was.

The Ministry said that Syria hopes the UN Security Council now will be able to adopt a firm stance which proves its commitment to combating terrorism regardless of its timing or place.

The letters added that a strong condemnation of this terrorist act by the UN Security Council will be a firm message to the terrorist groups and those who support them that there are no double standards in dealing with terrorist crimes wherever they take place in the world.

"But if the UNSC turns a blind eye to this terrorist act just as it did previously, It will deepen doubts in its seriousness in combating terrorism and its commitment to implementing its resolutions in this regard, in addition to the fact this will be considered as a kind of political concealment of these crimes," the Ministry noted.

It stressed that the credibility of the international community is at test, adding that any disregard of condemning these terrorist acts will not be morally justified; but rather it will be a disregarding of the suffering of terrorism victims and their families in Syria."

"It will be a new evidence on enhancing the double standards policy at the UNSC regarding the international terrorism acts and will stress that some regional and international parties go so far in their involvement in the organized terrorism acts against the Syrian state and civilians," it added.

The Ministry said that "Syria stresses that terrorism will not prevent it from defending its citizens and that Syria will continue combating terrorism in line with exerting more efforts to implement its political program to solve the current crisis that is based on dialogue among all spectrums of Syrian people as it is the best way to get out of the crisis.

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