Damascus, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) Syria denounced the escalation of violence as part of actions taken by opposition groups seeking to thwart the mission of UN special envoy Kofi Annan to reach a political solution to the crisis. In one terrorist attack labeled as such by authorities, a bomb exploded in the neighborhood of al-Marjeh, in the city of Aleppo, 335 kilometers north of Damascus, which seriously injured three people, according to a statement from the Information Ministry.
The explosion also caused extensive damage to shops and homes in the area, the official report said.
In this regard, Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad accused the United States and other Western powers, with the support of Israel and some Arab and regional states, which are behind the conspiracy against Syria.
In a meeting with the delegation of the International Young Democratic Union, members of the World Peace Council and some students and Arab world organizations, al-Miqdad rejected foreign interference and reiterated the government’s position to seek a peaceful settlement.
The campaign of disinformation and the crimes perpetrated by terrorist groups intensified whenever Syrian authorities move through the program of comprehensive reform, he said.
The armed opposition has increased its actions against the civilian population, the military and law enforcement forces since Damascus accepted the UN plan, he added.
Meanwhile, authorities insist on complying with the six-item initiative adopted by the UN Security Council to find a political solution to the crisis, and 100 journalists from over 50 media are currently in Syria, a government source told Prensa Latina.