AL Observer Mission Teams Continue Tours of Syrian Governorates, Observer Team in Homs Denies Reports of Coming Under Fire

GOVERNORATES/CAIRO, (SANA) – The Arab League monitor mission teams continued their tours of Syrian governorates and areas.

A team of observers visited Bab Hood neighborhood and al-Mazraa village in Homs and the town of Tadmur in Homs countryside.

In Hama, a team visited the National Hospital and Masyaf countryside, while another team visited Salkhad area and al-Karia village in Sweida and met with families of maryurs.

An observer team also toured the city of Banyas in Tartous and al-Bukamal town in Deir Ezzor, with one other team visiting the Railways General Establishment in Aleppo where they were briefed by its Director George Mukabari on the damages caused to the Establishment’s facilities, vehicles and railways by terrorist attacks.

In Raqqa city, a team of observers witnessed a mass rally in one of the city’s squares in which citizens expressed their unity and devotion to Syria.

Arab Observers Team in Homs Denies Reports of Coming Under Fire

The Arab League observer mission team in Homs on Sunday denied media reports that they came under fire.

A statement by the Arab League said that the team in Homs couldn’t reach a place where a car exploded at Bab Hood, leading to the burning of a number of shops and cars without casualties among civilians, and that the monitors couldn’t reach the place because of the crowds there.

The statement added that the observers tried to reach the scene of explosion later, but they heard random and sporadic shootings, so they didn’t go to the location.

By Mazen / H. Sabbagh

Source: SANA

‘West targeting AL Syria mission’ – Western countries are trying to discredit the head of the Arab League mission to Syria

Western countries are trying to discredit the head of the Arab League mission to Syria after he described the situation in the city of Homs as ”reassuring,” a political analyst said

Director of Center for Research on Globalization Professor Michel Chossudovsky told Press TV on Wednesday that the reason behind recent remarks by a number of Western states about not trusting the Arab League mission headed by Sudanese General Mohamed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi is that he did not report what they wanted.

He also said that a campaign is already under way to discredit General Dabi, with opposition group, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, accusing Dabi of giving President Bashar al-Assad cover for crackdown.

”First of all, the foreign based Syrian opposition group initially supported the Arab League mission and in fact, they were pushing for this Arab League mission and now because the Arab League mission with 150 observers and 20 people are going to stay on have come up with a much more sort of critical assessment of what is happening, they are now saying that they do not trust the Arab League mission and they say that [they are] deeply critical of the mission saying it will simply give al-Assad cover for his crackdown”, Chossudovsky said.

He also said that Dabi’s remarks have confirmed Damascus’ view that armed groups backed by foreign countries are responsible for months of unrest in Syria.

”I think that General Dabi’s statements confirm what many independent reports have been saying for months in that the situation is one of an armed insurrection and foreign interference in the affairs of a sovereign state namely Syria and that the situation on the ground which the mission has observed does not correspond to what the media has been feeding us in the last few months –I am talking about the Western media– largely based on information from the Syria observatory in London which we know is supported by the Western military alliance and which is in permanent .. with the US foreign office,” he added.

Chossudovsky also blamed Turkey and the NATO for fueling unrest in Syria by supporting and funding armed groups.

Source: PressTV