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World condemnation of al-Bouti's assassination in Damascus

CAPITALS,(ST)_The UN Security Council, Russia, Iran, Arab and Syrian clergymen, expatriates, parties, and unions have decried with the strongest words assassination of the prominent scholar Dr. Mohammad Saed Ramadan al-Bouti in a terrorist blast at al-Iman Mosque in Damascus.

The UNSC condemned the terrorist explosion that caused the martyrdom of the scholar al-Bouti and other 49 citizens, SANA reported.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation described the assassination as 'a new heinous crime perpetrated by terrorists', noting that the extremists have not forgiven al-Bouti who called for peace, denounced terrorism and violence, and criticized ignorance of extremists about religion.

Iranian Foreign Ministry said that the crime of assassinating al-Bouti is a criminal act against religion and humanity and committed by the Syrian people's enemies.

The Lebanese Hizbollah slammed the terrorist blast that caused martyrdom of scholar al-Bouti and dozens of citizens at the scene, calling on Syrian people to be united in confronting sedition and Takfiri thinking.

The former Lebanese President, Emil Lahhoud, stressed that what is going on in Syria is 'terrorism' in the full sense of the word.

Syrian communities and students in Russia, Australia, Algeria, Slovakia, Czech, France, Italy and Iran voiced deep sorrow over the martyrdom of al-Bouti, holding international and regional organizations responsibility for this crime as they turn deaf ear to those who support armed terrorist groups in Syria.

Arab parties

The Iraqi Popular Committee hit out at supporters and perpetrators of the crimes against innocent citizens in Syria, noting false slogans raised by the so called ' Syrian opposition' under the title of 'democracy and religion'.

The Bahraini Unionist Democratic National Rally said: "the US, Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia are behind the assassination of the prominent scholar al-Bouti", warning against the consequences of backing terrorists in Syria.

The Popular Front for Liberating Palestine-General Command- said that the assassination is an evidence of sedition's destructive goals that aim at destroying the social and mental structure of Syrian society.

Central Committee at Feteh Movement (Intifada) underlined its support for Syria that defends its national rights, saying that the assassination of al-Bouti is a big lose for Islamic nation.

Jordanian reporters and national forces appealed to the Syrian Arab Army not to be merciful towards enemies of Syria and nation.

Locally

The People's Assembly (PA) cited that the crime seeks to spread Takfiri thinking and silence the voice of right.

The cabinet said that coward act committed by sinners will not pass without punishment.

The Baath Arab Socialist Party underscored that the Syrian people will go ahead with combating terrorism to clean the country from all terrorists and their supporters.   

All Syrian opposition parties also condemned the crime, saying that the scholar al-Bouti paid the price for his national stances and his addresses to surpass the crisis.

Higher Education Ministry and Damascus University said that the terrorist bomb reflects barbarity and rancor of perpetrators and proves bankruptcy of hostile parties.

Syria's Grand Mufti said that Islam doesn't die and Syria will never bow down, adding that the late scholar al-Bouti has called only for peace and dialogue.

Awqaf Minister, for his part, said that Syria will never forget the scholar al-Bouti.

Sheikh Aql Duze , and Muslim and Christian clergymen highly praised the late al-Bouti's deeds and calls for peace.

On Thursday, a terrorist blew up himself during a religious lesson inside al-Iman Mosque in al Mazraa area in Damascus causing martyrdom of al-Bouti and other 49 students. As many as 84 other citizens were also injured in the blast.

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Syrian actors and artists targeted for national stances, says al-Halqi

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Prime Minister slammed on Thursday what he called 'terrorist attack' on the famous Syrian actor Raghda in Egypt because of her national stances towards her homeland.

Dr. Wael al-Halqi also cited sacrifices offered by Syrian actors for the same reason (national stances), expressing proud of the distinguishable Syrian art.

The remark was made in the meeting held between the ministerial committee tasked with materializing political plan and a number of Syrian actors, artists and producers.

Al-Halqi, who chairs the committee, spoke in the meeting about the steps being taken as regards talks held with dozens of political and social parties to launch national dialogue.

He stressed that Syrian actors and artists play a pivotal role in enhancing culture of dialogue as they convey human and national message that aim at cementing principle of partnership, rejecting violence and exclusion, and consolidating love and tolerance among people.

The actors and artists thanked the government for great efforts being exerted in all fields during the extraordinary circumstances Syria is going through. They voiced support for the political plan outlined by President Bashar al-Assad.

They proposed several ideas to boost national dialogue through producing series, films, and music to explain the conspiracy hatched against the homeland, and combatting corruption.

The ministerial committee includes Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Ministers of Information, Justice, National Reconciliation, Transport, Industry, Red Crescent Affairs, and People's Assembly Affairs.

Basma Qaddour

 

Iran will destroy cities of" tel aviv and Haifa" if attacked – Supreme leader

Iran’s most powerful authority, Ayatollah Ali Khemenei, said the Islamic Republic would raze the cities of tel aviv and Haifa “to the ground” if " Israel "launched a military strike against it.

“At times the officials of the Zionist regime [Israel] threaten to launch a military invasion, but they themselves know that if they make the slightest mistake the Islamic Republic will raze tel aviv and Haifa to the ground,” Ayotollah Ali Khamenei said during an address on live state television,according to RT.

Khamenei also said that he is not optimistic but “not opposed” to direct nuclear talks with US.

"I am not optimistic about these talks. Why? Because our past experiences show that talks for American officials does not mean for us to sit down and reach a logical solution... What they mean by talks is that we sit down and talk until Iran accepts their viewpoint," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on the live TV address.

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Der Spiegel:the West wants only to protect Zionist entity

 

By Susanne Koelbl

The West insists that for any negotiations on an end to the crisis in Syria to happen, the Syrian government  must first step down. The demand is fatal and only prolongs the bloodletting

World powers are fighting over who is to have influence in the region. It's the West and its allies against the old allies of the Syrian government. No one is openly getting involved in the conflict, and no one is sending soldiers to Damascus -- the West appears to have had enough of an all-out policy of invasion. Still, the United States, Europe, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have interests in Syria.

What do the West and its partners want? They want to protect   Israel(Zionist entity). Meanwhile, the Turks and the Saudis are interested in strengthening the regional influence of their

The roles are clearly divided. America says it's about defending democracy and human rights. US diplomats are negotiating abroad with opposition leaders, while others are providing resources to the rebels. The Qataris are giving money, while the Saudi secret service is coordinating the resistance to the Syrian government on Syrian soil.

Saudis have provided military advice, and to a large extent also bundles of cash for weapons. And when doing so, the Gulf states don't show preference to beginners as their partners in the struggle, but rather experienced jihadists. The fact that extremists are prone to act with particularly brutal violence, as in the case of the Yarmouk brigades, which execute unarmed government soldiers and has even taken UN peacekeeping troops hostage, appears to be mostly irrelevant.

Turkey, too, serves as a hub for weapons and fighters, and routinely welcomes rebels to its field hospitals for medical treatment, regardless of whether they belong to the more moderate Free Syrian Army or if they wear the banners of Salafist organizations like the al-Nusra Front, the Ansar Brigade or the Abdullah Azzam Shaheed Brigade on their foreheads. A revolution for freedom and democracy fought side-by-side with allies of al-Qaida is disconcerting to say the least.

The West has essentially blocked any solution through negotiations.

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UN probes chemical weapons in Aleppo,says Ki-moon

The UN is to investigate the use of chemical weapons in an attack in Syria, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has announced.

The investigation will focus on an incident in Khan al-Assal, Aleppo province, when Damascus says terrorist groups  used chemical weapons.

On Wednesday Syria's permanent representative to the UN, Bashar Jaafari, said he had asked Mr Ban to form a "specialised, independent and neutral technical mission to investigate the use of the terrorist groups operating in Syria of chemical weapons yesterday against civilians".

Earlier,Russia hopes the United Nations will respond to Syria’s request to look into allegations of the use of chemical weapons during fighting between terrorists  and government forces, a senior Foreign Ministry official said on Thursday.

“We expect that the UN secretary general will promptly react to Syria’s request to investigate the use of chemical weapons on March 19,” Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov wrote on his Twitter.

“It is important to form a neutral and professional team of experts who can present unbiased conclusions,” twetted Gatilov, Russia's point man on the Middle East.

Syrian state media reports said that at least 25 people died and 110 more were seriously injured.

Syria's envoy to the UN, Bashar Jaafari, said on Wednesday that he had asked the UN chief, Ban Ki Moon, to approve an investigation into the reports.

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