Media Statement

25 May 2016

Statement on the terror blasts in Syria

Once again the Syrian people are under a dark cloud of mourning, following a series of Monday morning’s terrorist bombings that rocked the coastal cities of Tartous and Jableh.

By Tuesday morning the death toll stood at 78 and most of the victims were women and children.

What is more horrifying is the incident in Jableh where, having killed scores at the main entrance of the bus station in Jableh city and near the city’s electricity directorate, the terrorist group dispatched a suicide bomber to follow the injured into the emergency ward at Jableh National Hospital where he blew himself up killing some of those injured earlier, as well as hospital staff.

The South African Government joins the world community in condemning these dastardly acts of terror and calls on all peace-loving mankind to do everything to defeat terrorism and extremism.

It’s no wonder that terror groups like the so-called Islamic State and Japhat Al Nusra Front were isolated and excluded from the ceasefire and the current peace process.

We call on the UN envoy, Dr Staffan De Mistura, and the parties negotiating in Geneva to throw their weight behind the peace process.

Syrians deserve a peaceful future and that future is being built in Geneva.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974

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