Syria calls for UN condemnation of Hatla massacre

Syria calls for UN condemnation of Hatla massacre
Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:18:56

Syrian government has called on the UN Security Council to condemn the recent massacre of dozens of Shia villagers by foreign-backed terrorists in eastern Syria.

The appeal came after al-Nusra Front terrorists the village of Hatlah in Deir Ezzor Province and killed at least 60 Shia residents.

"The terrorists also looted, burglarized the citizens' properties, burned their houses and attacked and sabotaged the worship places... the websites have broadcasted videotapes documenting al-Nusra Front massacre, instigated by one of the sheikhs of salafis in Kuwait called Shafi al-Ajami who is involved in funding and sending thousands of jihadists into Syria," Syria’s Foreign Ministry said in two letters sent to the UN Secretary General and President of the Security Council.

According to SANA news agency, the ministry added that Damascus has repeatedly warned in its pervious letters against the dangers of spread of terrorism and extremism, as well as documented the crimes conducted by the armed groups since March 2011.

"Syria stresses that when a number of states refused to condemn such crimes, they would encourage the terrorist groups to go ahead in their crimes which target the innocent citizens through committing massacres, random shelling on civilian regions in addition to the suicide bombings which even didn't spare the residential buildings, public establishments, mosques, churches as well as assassinating the Islamic and Christian clerks," the letters said.

The ministry stressed that “public and direct support” of terrorists by some Arab and EU counties such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey will spread terrorism in the country.

"The EU decision to allow buying the Syrian oil, stolen by the armed terrorist groups, to sell weapons and military equipment is another violation of the EU states' commitment to curb the financing of terrorism," the letter said. It added that Syria once again warns against the dangers of involvement in supporting al-Qaeda-linked takfiri terrorism practiced by Jabhat al-Nusra and its allies of the "Islamic battalions", as well as the so-called "the Free Syrian Army".

"Syria underlines that some countries' continued calls for arming the opposition or announcing their willingness to arm them under the pretext of changing the military balance won't only support terrorists, but this uncovers the hidden intentions of those states to obstruct efforts to reach a political solution among the Syrians.”

"Putting those facts in front of the UN Security council, Syria calls on it to assume its responsibilities, in light of its relevant resolutions of counter-terrorism, to condemn the massacre in Hatlah village and call on the countries involved in supporting terrorism in Syria to stop such practices which pose a threat to the security and stability in Syria and the region," the ministry concluded.

However with the support of the United States and its western and regional allies for arming the militants, concerns are still high for Syrian people who have suffered a massive bloodshed for more than two year.

Syrian army has made considerable gains against foreign-backed terrorists during the past months, which has made many of them either flee or surrender.

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