The Syrian regime has demanded action to bring perpetrators of terrorist acts in the country, together with their regional and international backers, to account.
A particular reference was made by the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry in two identical letters addressed to top UN officials on to the intense terrorist rocket attacks that targeted the city of Damascus last Sunday.
A hail of rocket and mortar shells fired by terrorist organizations poured down on Damascus two days ago. The shells targeted residential neighborhoods indiscriminately, leaving a trail of casualties and destruction in their wake.
The two letters, addressed to Chairman of the Security Council and the UN Secretary General, cited the firing of over 40 107mm rocket shells, Katyusha rockets and mortar rounds on neighborhoods in the capital, home to houses, hospitals, schools and headquarters of embassies and international organizations.
The Foreign Ministry demanded condemnation of these terrorist acts and taking measures to hold to account the perpetrators and all regional and international forces and countries standing behind them – specifically citing Saudi Arabia, Turkey, France and Qatar.
It also referred to the Army of Islam terrorist group and its leader, Zahran Alloush, who took credit for the rocket attacks – a threat of which was made clearly evident on social media websites several hours before the bombings began.
The Foreign Ministry made it clear that the attacks came as a response to the increasing pace of local reconciliations achieved in the country, the army-secured departure of thousands of civilians trapped in terrorists-controlled areas in Eastern Ghouta and, most recently, the commencement of the preparatory talks on the crisis in the Russian capital.
It is more than evident, the ministry said, that armed terrorist groups are bent on trying to foil any attempt at reaching a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.
It added that the success of such peaceful and political efforts threatens the plans of known regional and international forces, which are being carried out on the ground by Wahhabi-indoctrinated terrorist groups.
The ministry’s statements blame countries inside and outside the region for the continuation of terrorist attacks, which Syrian provinces have been subjected to for four years.
Chief among those countries, it stressed, are Saudi Arabia and France, which “have supplied the terrorists with material and logistic support, as well as political and media cover”.
While dismissing these terrorist acts as “cowardly”, the Foreign Ministry affirmed that they will neither affect the resilience of the Syrian people, nor their “heroism in defending their independence, sovereignty, freedom and dignity”.
It called upon countries to refrain from portraying these terrorist groups as “moderate opposition” and acknowledge them as “terrorist organizations”, including the Army of Islam.