MOSCOW, Oct 3 (KUNA) -- Russia has strongly condemned the assassination of
the son of Syria's Mufti Ahmad Ibn Badruddin Hassoun on the outskirts of the
Syrian city of Idlib.
A statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry described this operation
as "terrorist", warning that terrorism bears within it the risk of igniting a
civil war in the country.
The statement noted that this crime is not the first of its kind in Syria,
referring to a series of assassinations targeting figures and citizens
advocating for dialogue and peaceful means to get out of the current crisis,
including scientists, university professors, senior state officials and
members of their families.
The statement expressed the conviction that the terrorist acts, as part of
the strategy to topple the Syrian regime by force, would only inflame the
dangerous confrontation, which can lead to a civil war in the country. (end)
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