Security Council stresses strong condemnation of al-Sayyeda Zainab terrorist bombings

New York, SANA – The members of the Security Council condemned “in the strongest terms” the three terrorist bombings in al-Sayyeda Zainab area in the southern suburbs of Damascus on Sunday, said a UNSC press statement.

The condemnation statement, issued on Monday, mentioned that the terrorist attack, for which ISIS claimed responsibility, left 60 people dead and more than 100 injured.

The Council members expressed “their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people of the Syrian Arab Republic. They also wished a speedy recovery to those injured,” according to the statement.

They also reaffirmed grave concern that “ISIS, including foreign terrorist fighters who have joined the group in Syria, groups that have pledged allegiance to ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with ISIS or al-Qaeda continue operating in Syria, the statement said.

It added that the Council members “condemned the negative impact” and “violent extremist ideology and actions” of ISIS and its affiliated fighters and groups “on the stability of Syria, neighboring countries and the region, with a devastating humanitarian impact on the civilian populations.”

“They stressed that all Member States shall fully comply with their obligations under resolution 2178 (2014),” the statement said.

The Council member states reiterated in the statement that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” underlining the need “to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these
reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, stressing that those responsible for these terrorist attacks should be held accountable.”

“Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the Council members said in the statement, reaffirming the need for all States to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

The need to “take measures to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism, terrorist organizations and individual terrorists in accordance with resolutions 2199 (2015) and 2253 (2015),” was stressed in the statement.

The Security Council members’ affirmation of their strong commitment to “the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Syria” was also made clear in the statement.

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