Security Council Condemns Terrorist Bombings of al-Sayyeda Zainab

Three Terrorist Bombings Kill 50 Civilians in al-Sayyeda Zainab, Near Damascus


2 February، 2016
New York, SANA

The members of the Security Council condemned “in the strongest terms” the three terrorist bombings in al-Sayyeda Zainab area in the southern suburbs of Damascus on Sunday, said a UNSC press statement.

The condemnation statement, issued on Monday, mentioned that the terrorist attack, for which ISIS claimed responsibility, left 60 people dead and more than 100 injured.

The Council members expressed “their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people of the Syrian Arab Republic. They also wished a speedy recovery to those injured,” according to the statement.

They also reaffirmed grave concern that “ISIS, including foreign terrorist fighters who have joined the group in Syria, groups that have pledged allegiance to ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with ISIS or al-Qaeda continue operating in Syria, the statement said.

It added that the Council members “condemned the negative impact” and “violent extremist ideology and actions” of ISIS and its affiliated fighters and groups “on the stability of Syria, neighboring countries and the region, with a devastating humanitarian impact on the civilian populations.”

“They stressed that all Member States shall fully comply with their obligations under resolution 2178 (2014),” the statement said.

The Council member states reiterated in the statement that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” underlining the need “to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, stressing that those responsible for these terrorist attacks should be held accountable.”

“Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the Council members said in the statement, reaffirming the need for all States to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

The need to “take measures to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism, terrorist organizations and individual terrorists in accordance with resolutions 2199 (2015) and 2253 (2015),” was stressed in the statement.

The Security Council members’ affirmation of their strong commitment to “the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Syria” was also made clear in the statement.

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Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Damascus


The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Rafael Darío Ramírez Carreño (Venezuela):

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in Sayeda Zeinab in the southern suburbs of Damascus, Syria, on 31 January, for which Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) claimed responsibility, during which more than 60 people were killed and more than 100 injured.  They expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people of the Syrian Arab Republic.  They also wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed grave concern that ISIL, including foreign terrorist fighters who have joined the group in Syria, groups that have pledged allegiance to ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with ISIL or Al-Qaida continue operating in Syria, and condemned the negative impact of their presence, violent extremist ideology and actions on the stability of Syria, neighbouring countries and the region, with a devastating humanitarian impact on the civilian populations.  They stressed that all Member States shall fully comply with their obligations under resolution 2178 (2014).

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality or civilization.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice and stressed that those responsible for these terrorist attacks should be held accountable.

The members of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.  They reaffirmed the need for all States to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

The members of the Security Council stressed the need to take measures to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism, terrorist organizations and individual terrorists in accordance with resolutions 2199 (2015) and 2253 (2015).

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Syria.

The members of the Security Council expressed their full support for the efforts of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, including his initiative to start negotiations between the parties pursuant to the Geneva communiqué, 30 October and 14 November 2015 International Syria Support Group statements and Security Council resolution 2254 (2015), and they called upon the parties to engage constructively in this process.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their grave distress by the continued deterioration of the devastating humanitarian situation in Syria and reiterated their call on the parties to immediately allow humanitarian agencies rapid, safe and unhindered access throughout Syria by most direct routes, and allow immediate humanitarian assistance to reach all people in need, in particular in all besieged and hard-to-reach areas.