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Syria condemns assassination of Mohamed Brahmi


Damascus, (ST)- Information Ministry denounced  the assassination of general coordinator of the Popular movement and  opposition member of the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly Mohamed Brahmi.

In a statement issued Friday, the Ministry branded the political assassination as  "a heinous crime" that is  not only targeted the martyr, his family and the Tunisian people, but also the pan-Arab movement.

"Syria, people and government, condemns the assassination and demands that murderers be brought to justice," added the ministry's statement.

"needless to say that there is a dire need to protect  political leaders in Tunisia against oppression and assassination, "underscored the statement.

The Ministry  underlined that the Brahmi's assassination , the second after  Chokri Belaid's, unmasked the  political and criminal nature of perpetrators..

"Martyr Brahmi is a pan-Arab causes ,"said the ministry, stressing that liquidating the national and pan-Arab movement's symbols  in Tunisia aims to pave the way for undermining the historical achievements of the Tunisian people.



Morsi detained

The MENA news agency said the ousted  Mohammed Morsi has been detained for 15 days for investigation into charges he collaborated with Hamas during his escape from jail in 2011. He can be held for longer.

The announcement came hours before mass protests were set to take place across the nation in response to a call by military chief Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi for a show of popular support for his anticipated crackdown on Morsi's supporters and radicals loyal to the ousted leader who have been attacking security forces in the strategic Sinai Peninsula.

The military and the police have pledged to protect Friday's protesters, and the army deployed tens of thousands of troops across the country, supported by armor and helicopters.

The MENA news agency said Morsi has been detained for 15 days pending the completion of the investigation into the accusations. His detention can be extended as the inquiry continues. The news agency indicated that Morsi has already been interrogated.

Egypt's military, which views Hamas as a threat to Egypt's national security, has been holding Morsi in an undisclosed location since deposing him.

The MENA report said Morsi was being investigated over allegations of collaborating with Hamas "to carry out anti-state acts, attacking police stations, army officers and storming prisons, setting fire to one prison and enabling inmates to flee, including himself, as well as premeditated killing of officers, soldiers and prisoners."


Moscow urges partners to give principled assessment of terrorists’ crimes in Syria – Russian FM

Moscow urges partners at the international arena to give a principled assessment of terrorists’ crimes in Syria, Voice of Russia correspondent reports.

"Once again we call on our partners at the international arena, as well as all groups of the Syrian "opposition" to give a principled assessment of the crimes of terrorists in Syria, while preventing manifestations of the "double standards" policy that would allow the terrorist international to realize their criminal aims in this country," according to the Russian Foreign Ministry statement in connection with a terrorist act in the suburbs of Damascus on July 25.


Combating terrorism, Syria's firm stance: al-Zou'bi

DAMASCUS, (ST)- "security, military and economically speaking, Syria is facing the whole types of  international terrorism. Nevertheless, Syria   believes that dialogue is possible and necessary to unify the Syrians' efforts in confronting terrorism and defending the homeland and its sovereignty, "underscored Minister of Information, Omran al-Zou'bi .

Al-Zou'bi remark was made during a meeting he held Thursday with Head of the Office of the UN Special Envoy to Syria in Damascus, Mokhtar Lamani.

 The minister made it clear that  the countries , backing Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria, have transgressed against all international resolutions on counterterrorism.

During the meeting ,al-Zou'bi and Lamani  reviewed the internal developments and the efforts being exerted to bring the aggression on Syria to a halt.

Al-Zou'bi asserted  the Syrians' firm stance as regards combating  terrorism and the serious effort to find a political solution with the participation of all the Syrians.


Foreign Ministry: US Statements on Washington's Decision to Arm Terrorist Groups Confirms US Role in Inflaming Crisis in Syria

DAMASCUS, (ST)- US officials statements, circulated by media outlets, on Washington's decision to arm the terrorist groups in Syria confirm the US role in inflaming the crisis in Syria, a foreign and Expatriates Ministry source said on Thursday.

The source told SANA that the statements indicate the U.S dishonesty about the issue of attaining a political solution to the crisis through holding the international conference on Syrian in Geneva.

The source said that the statements reveal the real American intentions which aim at escalating violence and terrorism in Syria to destabilize the entire region and serve Israel's aggressive goals.

"Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, the United States hasn't stopped to arm terrorists and support their criminal acts against the Syrian people and against the Syrian state infrastructure," the source said, stressing that the steadfastness of the Syrian people and the success of the Syrian army will foil the US-Israeli schemes and terminate their criminal tools in Syria.

H. Mustafa