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Cowardly terrorist acts will never stop Syria’s anti-terror fight; UN needs to take deterrent measures: Foreign Ministry

Security forces inspect the site of an explosion in central Damascus, Syria, on October 20, 2021. (Photo by Reuters)

Syria says terror attacks like the deadly bombing that recently targeted a military bus in Damascus will not stop its fight against terrorism, calling on the international community and the United Nations to condemn the bloodshed and take action against the countries sponsoring terrorism.

In a statement on Wednesday, an official source with Syria’s Foreign and Expatriates Ministry strongly condemned the “cowardly” terrorist act, the official SANA news agency reported.

“The Syrian government affirms that such terrorist acts will not prevent it from performing its duty in fighting terrorism and restoring security and stability to Syria and its people,” it added.

Two bombs attached to an army bus went off in Damascus on Tuesday morning, leaving at least 14 people dead and several others injured.

The attack was the deadliest in the capital since a bombing claimed by Daesh targeted the Justice Palace in March 2017, killing at least 30 people.

According to the statement, this act of terror in a crowded area was in line with continued attempts by terrorist organizations and their sponsors to raise the terrorists’ morale, particularly in northwestern Idlib Province, where the Syrian army has managed to make great achievements, liberate the occupied lands and restore peace to many regions.

The heinous act in Damascus, it added, coincided with other attacks, which exposed the terrorists’ plots to destabilize regional states in the service of Israel and clearly affirmed that terrorism was being used as a “criminal political weapon” to facilitate intervention in Syria’s domestic affairs.

“The image of Syria’s enemies becomes more hideous than before when the armed terrorism completes the other terrorist cycles such as [imposing] economic sanctions, hindering the reconstruction and the return of the displaced as well as preventing the normal life from being restored throughout the county,” the ministry added.

It renewed the call for the international community and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to assume their responsibilities in the “implementation of resolutions related to combating terrorism to preserve international security and safety.”

Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad said earlier this month that major gains made by government forces in battles against foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorist groups have resulted in positive international overtures to his country.

Since 2011, Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy, leading to the emergence of Daesh and other terrorist groups in the Arab country.

The Syrian government has also repeatedly condemned the US and the EU for waging economic terrorism on the country through their unilateral sanctions, holding them responsible for the suffering of the Syrian people, especially now that the country is grappling with a deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Damascus has also been critical of the United Nations for remaining silent on the destructive role of the US and EU, among other parties supporting terrorism in Syria.

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