Syria’s Patriarchs Condemn Criminal Attacks in Damascus

DAMASCUS, (SANA)_Syria’s patriarchs condemned the terrorist blast which ripped through al-Kazaz area in Damascus on Thursday and the terrorist acts in several parts of Syria which have left scores dead and injured.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East Ignatius IV Hazim, Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East Ignatius Zakka I Iwas and Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All East Gregory III Laham called for giving priority to the homeland’s interests above all else away from violence on the basis of justice, citizenship, freedom of expression and all that serves the country.

The patriarchs prayed for the martyrs to rest in peace and for the bereaved to be relieved, calling upon the fellow Syrians to join them in their prayer to protect Syria.

Pope of Vatican Condemns Damascus Terrorist Bombings

Pope Benedict XVI of the Vatican on Friday vehemently condemned Damascus twin terrorist bombings which occurred near al-Qazaz crowded intersection at the southern ring-road .

AFP quoted spokesman for the Holy See’s Spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, as saying that we strongly condemn the tragic attacks which stained Damascus’ streets with blood and express our sympathy with the families of the victims.

Fr Lombardi, in a statement, added that these attacks should push all sides towards more commitment to the Annan’s plan.

” The path of respect, dialogue and reconciliation should be followed soon,” the statement said. Earlier, the Vatican expressed strong support to the plan of the UN Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan to resolve the crisis.

M. Ismael / Ghossoun