Brotherhood denies role in Damascus bombings
Funerals for the 44 killed in twin suicide car bombs turn into pro-Assad rallies; Christian and Muslim clerics attend; Syrians chant "Death to America."
By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
December 24, 2011 17:35
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Syrians pray next to coffins 311 .
(photo credit: REUTERS/Sana Sana)
Muslim Brotherhood said that a website that featured a claim of
responsibility for Friday's deadly bombings in Damascus is false.
Brotherhood spokesperson said that the claim was "completely fabricated
under our name on the Internet," according to MSN news.
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spokesperson cast the blame on the government of Syrian President Bashar
Assad, who has been battling anti-regime protests for nine months in a
conflict that has killed thousands.
Thousands of Syrians chanted "Death to America" on Saturday
during funeral processions in Damascus for at least 44 people killed in
twin suicide bombings that rocked the capital.
al-Qaida for the blasts which hit two security buildings on Friday and
came a day after an Arab League delegation arrived to prepare for
monitors who will report on Syrian President Bashar Assad's
implementation of a plan to end the bloodshed.
Some Assad opponents said the attacks could have been staged by the government itself.
funerals on Saturday turned into pro-Assad rallies in which mourners
called for revenge and condemned Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad
bin Jassim al-Thani whose country, once an ally of Assad, is now one of
his main critics.
The crowd, carrying posters of Assad and Syrian flags, chanted "We want
your head, Hamad" and "We sacrifice our souls and blood for you Bashar"
and "God, Syria and Bashar only."
The coffins, wrapped in Syrian flags, were lined up inside the city's
historic gilded 8th century Umayyad Mosque, one of Islam's holiest
sites. Many were marked "unknown".
Both Muslim and Christian clerics attended the funerals which were led
by the most senior Sunni Muslim cleric Mufti Ahmad Hassoun, whose son
was shot dead by gunmen in the northern province of Idlib in October.
Syria's state television aired live footage of the funeral processions.