SAC Condemns Damascus Bombing, Holds Syrian Government Responsible for Explosion

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SAC holds the Syrian regime fully responsible for staging this attack. Thousands of people were planning to demonstrate at al-Maidan district to demand an international humanitarian intervention to stop the regime’s crackdown on protesters.

The Syrian American Council (SAC) today condemned the bombing in the central district of al-Maidan in Damascus, a hub for anti-government demonstrations.

According to Syrian State TV at least 25 people were killed and 46 more were injured in the explosion, which took place exactly two weeks after the twin blasts that shook Damascus killing 44 people.

SAC holds the Syrian regime fully responsible for staging this attack. Thousands of people were planning to demonstrate at al-Maidan district to demand an international humanitarian intervention to stop the regime’s crackdown on protesters. Syrian opposition figures, including the head of the Free Syrian Army Colonel Riad al-Asaad, said the explosion was the work of the regime.

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“The Assad regime continues to defy all international calls to stop violence against civilians and is now staging an explosion in an attempt to divert support for the revolution, which has been peaceful,” said SAC President Talal Sunbuli.

SAC is urging the UN Security Council to immediately take the necessary steps to implement measures, including the establishment of safety zones and humanitarian corridors, to stop the Syrian regime’s crimes and to protect civilians demanding for freedom, democracy and dignity.

The Syrian American Council (SAC) was founded in 2005 to mobilize Syrian Americans to strengthen civil society in Syria, to promote friendly relations between the Syrian and American peoples, to engage civic and governmental organizations to advance civil liberties, human dignity and democracy in Syria. The organization has represented Syrian Americans to the U.S. State Department, Congress, and in international meetings and councils.

Contact: SAC President Talal Sunbulli, tsunbulli(at)sacouncil(dot)com, (708) 373-6531; or SAC Communications Director Rashad Al-Dabbagh, rashad(at)sacouncil(dot)com, (626) 375-2537.

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