Russia Condemns Terrorist Acts in Aleppo, Calls for Immediate Halt of Violence
11.9.2012 - MOSCOW, (SANA) - The Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday condemned the terrorist acts which took place in the city of Aleppo two days ago, calling on the external powers to pressure the armed opposition to halt launching terrorist attacks.
"We firmly condemn the terrorist acts which claim the lives of innocent people," said the Ministry in a statement published on its website on Tuesday.
It stressed the necessity of immediately halting any act of violence by all the parties in Syria, reiterating persistent calls on all of the external powers capable of influencing the armed opposition to exert efforts to persuade this opposition to abandon waging terrorist attacks that claim lives and cause suffering to the civilians.
The statement expressed the Russian Foreign Ministry's deep condolences to the victims' families and wishes of speedy recovery for the injured, indicating the absence of Russian nationals among the victims of Aleppo terrorist bombings.
Thirty civilians, including women and children, and two law-enforcement members were martyred and 64 others were wounded in a terrorist bombing which occurred in front of al-Hayat hospital in al-Malaab al-Baladi neighborhood in the city of Aleppo on Sunday.
According to an official source, the explosion was caused by a mid-sized transport vehicle designed for transporting food which was rigged with more than 1000 kg of high explosives.
Three other citizens, including a 10-year-old girl were martyred in another terrorist explosion which took place near Qutaybah Bin Muslim al-Bahili school in al-Shuhada'a neighborhood in New Aleppo area.
The explosion, which injured six other civilians, was caused by a car bomb rigged with 500 kg of explosives.
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Who's responsible for terrorist acts in Syria ?
- Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad. C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.
- Belgian Senator Nele Lijnen said that she intends to launch a discussion at the Belgian Senate regarding the fact that the terrorists in Syria possess weapons made in Belgium.
- British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.
- An official source told a SANA reporter that the seized arms included Nato sniper rifles, machineguns, hunting rifles, explosive devices of various weights, devices for remote control detonation and an amount of batteries and electrical wires.
- The Swiss Authorities announced that they are investigating into information published by Sonntags Zeitung newspaper about hand grenades used by armed terrorist groups in Syria.