UN chief condemns bombing of mosque in Syria

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations Secretary-General has strongly condemned the bomb attack on a mosque in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Thursday in which more than 40 people are reported to have been killed.

Speaking through his spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon warns that deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian objects, including places of worship, are a war crime.

Secretary-General Ban says these heinous acts must stop and reiterates his firm conviction that resorting to violence and military means will only lead to more suffering and destruction.

Martin Nesirky is the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.

"The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in the Iman mosque in Damascus yesterday, which resulted in numerous deaths and injuries. He expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes those injured a speedy recovery. The Secretary-General believes that this latest atrocity, along with the others prior to it, should be promptly and fully investigated and perpetrators brought to justice." (28")

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stresses that a political solution is the only way out of the conflict in Syria.

Dianne Penn, United Nations

Duration: 1'15"

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