Qatar urges Syrian insurgents not to kill Iranian pilgrims: Report
Mon Oct 8, 2012 1:13PM
As a general policy in the state of Qatar, we don't accept the killing of prisoners." Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim al-ThaniQatar has urged the Syrian insurgents not to kill the Iranian pilgrims they abducted near the capital city of Damascus two months ago. “As a general policy in the state of Qatar, we don't accept the killing of prisoners,” The China Post cited Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim al-Thani as saying in an interview with Al Jazeera television.
“We also don't accept further escalation of the situation in Syria. We agree that all parties have their demands, but the basic principle is not to kill prisoners.”On August 4, 48 Iranian pilgrims who were traveling on a bus from the Damascus International Airport to the shrine of Hazrat Zainab (AS) on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, were abducted by foreign-backed members of the terrorist Free Syrian Army (FSA). In a video aired by the Saudi-owned television network Al-Arabiya this week, the insurgents threatened to kill all of the Iranian abductees if the Syrian government did not release captured anti-government insurgents and if it did not stop operations against armed groups in the country within 48 hours. On Saturday, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast censured the abduction of the 48 Iranian pilgrims in Syria and their prolonged captivity at the hands of insurgents, calling for their immediate release. Thousands of people have been killed since the Syrian unrest started in March 2011. Damascus says ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists’ are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces for the killings. The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country and accuses Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey of arming the opposition. TE/AZ