Damascus SaebPress / Agencies
Thousands of mourners carrying Syrian flags and pictures of the dead took part in a mass funeral Saturday for 55 people killed in twin suicide bombings that targeted intelligence agency compounds in Damascus.
The bodies of the martyrs arrived each in a minibus. They were wrapped in the Syrian flag and were taken to the inside of the mosque. Mourners carried coffins draped in the red, white and black Syrian flags into the eighth-century Omayyad Mosque, where they were placed on the ground .All the coffins held the names of the bombing victims, except for six coffins carrying the remains of people who had not been identified.
The families of the martyrs said the people killed in the attacks sacrificed their lives for their homeland. They asked the Syrian government to put an end to armed groups harming security in the country. Syrians took to the streets around the mosque. They raised the Syrian flag and shouted slogans, expressing their unity in the face of attacks against their country. Syrians are calling for punishing those responsible for the attacks. They say they will stay united in the face of what they call a conspiracy targeting their country.
Syrian officials said a suicide attacker detonated his explosives-laden car as he waited behind a vehicle driven by a retired general who was trying to enter a military intelligence building in Damascus’ upscale Kfar Sousa district Friday morning. About a minute later, a second attacker blew up his SUV at the gate of the General Intelligence Agency, the officials said.
Earlier, a Syrian website released a statement saying that the Muslim Brotherhood has claimed responsibility for the twin suicide bombings. The Al-Arabiya news network later reported that that the Muslim Brotherhood has denied the charge.
Saturday’s funerals turned into pro-government rallies, with Syrians chanting “Death to America” during the processions in Damascus, the Reuters news agency reported.
The government blamed the al-Qaida terrorist network and accused the United States and Israel of involvement in the two deadly attacks on Friday which claimed the lives of 55 innocent people and injured more than 100 others.
Middle East Expert Saeb Shaath believes, “There is a global war going on in Syria, the bombings adding new and ominous dimensions, its a sign of desperation ,fear of defat by the countra forces in Syria’’. He went on to say ’’ Since they have been receiving massive support in terms of man power as well as fire power smuggled in across the borders of Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan’’. Shaath added ”Tens of Billions of dollars spent on the ‘countra forces’ by Qatar and Saudi, they need to destabilize the national unity of Syrians people, they want a real crack in the big Cities soon which proved its very hard for them and their soft power Aljazeera and Al-Arabiya to crack , otherwise the game is over ” Shaath said.
In interviews with ‘Israeli’ news outlets over the past few months, the Syrian opposition members have clearly expressed their vision for the future of Syria and their interest in establishing ties with the Tel Aviv regime.
However, Syrian people have repeatedly expressed solidarity with the government. Figures show that during the past weeks, about 12 million people have demonstrated in support of al-Assad.
The United States condemned the attacks, saying there was “no justification for terrorism of any kind” and that the work of the Arab League should not be hindered.
SaebPress / Agencies