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Syrian situation "better" than previous days of crisis: minister

09-22-2012 06:45 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

DAMASCUS, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Syrian information minister said the situation in Syria now is better than any time throughout the 18-month crisis, as the state media said Friday the government troops have fully "purged" a restive suburb of the capital Damascus from armed militia.

"The situation in Syria today is better than any other day during the conspiracy Syria is subject to, and it has become clear for everyone to realize the identity of the enemy and its whereabouts... as well as who support it from outside and its tools from the inside," Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said in an interview with the state TV aired Friday.

Singling out Qatar for criticism, al-Zoubi said that "Qatar poses a threat to the international peace and security due to its support to the terrorists in Syria."

Syria has repeatedly accused Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia of fanning the flame of violence in Syria by supporting the militia against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Meanwhile, al-Zoubi said his country welcomes any effort that serves the interest of the Syrian people, adding that the true help to the Syrians lies in preventing the infiltration of terrorists into Syria, in addition to stopping providing them with weapons and media provocation.

Official reports said the restive Damascus suburb of Hajar al- Aswad has been fully cleansed from armed insurgency after a week of fighting and shelling.

The state-run SANA news agency said 25 unidentified bodies have been dug out from a mass grave in al-Qadam suburb of Damascus, adding that they were killed by "armed terrorist groups."

In northern Aleppo province, SANA said, the government troops killed scores of "terrorists" in a qualitative operation in al- Sakhour area.

In separate accounts, the Local Coordination Committees, an activists' network, said as many as 60 people were killed nationwide on Friday and reported shelling by the government troops on a number of hotspots nationwide.

Still, such accounts can not be checked independently.

In another incident on Friday, the Damascus-based National Coordination Body, an opposition party, said it lost contact with three of its members who paid a visit to China earlier this week and arrived at the international airport of Damascus on Thursday.

The party said in a statement that five of its members left the airport in two cars, one of which disappeared and the communication with its occupants was cut.

The missing members are Abdul-Aziz Khair, head of the body's foreign relations, Aias Aiash, a member of the executive office, and Maher al-Tahhan, who picked the two up from the airport.

The National Coordination Body said it could not get hold of the party responsible for the kidnapping, adding that it had informed a number of foreign embassies and national figures in and outside the country in hopes of knowing what happened to them.

No party claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, but it came apparently to hinder the commencement of the National Salvation Conference slated for Sept. 23. The conference is expected to bring together a considerable number of opposition figures from both in and outside Syria who are hoping to craft a solution to the protracted crisis.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: Xinhua

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