DAMASCUS, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) — A gas pipeline was blown up at midnight Monday in central Homs province as part of the daring attacks that have been intensified lately in Syria, as the international community seems determined to frame the administration of President Bashar al-Assad for the reported deaths of some 5,000 people since the outbreak of the domestic rift.
The blast was the third of its kind since the eruption of protests in March, and the second in a less than a week. On Thursday, an oil pipeline was blasted in central Syria, causing material losses but no casualties.
Some argued that the attacks were targeting Syria’s oil and gas sectors in an attempt to further strangle the already-ailing economy.
The official SANA news agency attributed the Monday attack to ” terrorists,” saying that the pipeline connecting al-Sa’en al- Asswad and al-Ashrafiya villages in Homs was targeted by an explosive device. No injuries but some minor damages were caused, it reported.
Meanwhile, Syrian Oil Minister Sufian Allaw confirmed that the damages were limited and the pipeline would be repaired soon.
In another development, SANA said that border guards in the northern province of Idlib foiled an infiltration attempt by an armed terrorist group into the Syrian lands through Ain al-Baida site of Badama. It added that the guards clashed with 15 terrorists, killing two of them and wounding the others.
On Dec. 6, the border guards also foiled an infiltration attempt by 35 armed men in the same site, injuring a number of them while the others escaped into Turkey.
As the wave of terrorist acts rages on, UN high Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday that more than 5,000 people have been killed in the ongoing violence in Syria.
According to Pillay, thousands of Syrians have been put in detention centers by the government, where some experienced torture. Other Syrians have been displaced from their homes.
However, in response to Pillay’s statement, Bashar al-Ja’afari, Syria’s permanent representative to the UN, told reporters that the information offered by his government in 16 letters written to UN officials was not included in Pillay’s briefing.
“She was speaking on behalf of the (Syrian) defectors,” he said, referring to what was missed in the council briefing by Pillay about the violence from the armed opposition.
Russia, a crucial ally to Syria, said Monday that “the only way to resolve the situation in Syria is through a Syrian-led political process,” which means a joint effort by all parties in the Middle East country to put an end to the current political crisis through dialogue.
Tensions in Syria began in March when protesters took to the streets to call for the ouster of President al-Assad. The situation has since then escalated and the Syrian security forces have been accused of firing on innocent protesters, reports said.
Syria has, from the beginning, blamed armed terrorist groups backed by a foreign conspiracy for being behind the turmoil with the aim of toppling the government and replacing it with an Islamic rule, and al-Assad has recently blamed the violence in Syria on criminals, religious extremists and terrorists sympathetic to al-Qaida, claiming that they are mixed with peaceful demonstrators.
The Syrian government has repeatedly denied that its forces deliberately kill anti-government protesters, saying armed groups of the opposition are responsible for the bloodshed.
Editor: Yang Lina