Friday, 28 March 2014

Iran Condemns Attack on Shrines in Syria

March-27. 2014

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham condemned the attack on the holy shrines in the Syrian Northern city of Raqqa, and called on the international community to take action against such "inhumane" crimes.
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On Thursday, Afkham denounced the terrorist attack and called on international organizations, including the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, to react to such extremist acts which run counter to international norms.
”The reaction of the international community and the condemnation of such acts are the first step in carrying the responsibility for safeguarding things sacred to divine religions and preventing the recurrence of such extremist and blind acts,” she stated.
Media reports said on Wednesday that militants from an Al-Qaeda splinter group bombed a large Shiite Muslim shrine in the Northern Syrian city of Raqqa.
Photos of the mosque of Ammar bin Yasir and Uwais al-Qarani posted on the internet on Wednesday showed extensive damage to the exterior walls and roof of the site.
Other pictures showed concrete and twisted metal strewn on the street outside the mosque with an interior wall collapsed inward.
The site, seized over a year ago by militants fighting against the Syrian government, was once a destination for Shiite Muslim pilgrims from Iran, Lebanon and Iraq.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) had carried out two powerful explosions at the mosque earlier in the day.
The Al-Qaeda splinter ISIL and other Takfiri militant groups have targeted many historical and religious sites in Syria over the past three years.
Among them are the holy shrine of Hazrat Zaynab (AS), the daughter of the first Shiite Imam, Imam Ali (PBUH), and Hazrat Fatemeh (PBUH), the Daughter of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), as well as churches in the Christian village of Maaloula, near the capital city of Damascus.

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