Attacks Against Shrine of Sayyida Zainab Continue
AIM News: The Iranian government has strongly condemned Friday’s attacks against the shrine of Sayyida Zeinab (as) which resulted in the martyrdom of the shrine’s custodian.
The statement by the Iranian government which was released on Saturday called for the protection of Islamic sites, “We urge the international circles, especially the Muslim ones, to act upon their responsibility to protect Islamic sanctities and make their best efforts to prevent the repetition of such inhumane crimes which are against the international norms,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Sayed Abbas Araqchi.
According to local Syrian sources, several rockets were fired towards the shrine which is located in the southern suburbs of Damascus. The rockets landed outside the mosque itself. The latest attack represents daily attacks by rockets and other attempts at the shrine by terrorist elements in the country. This is not the first significant attack however against the shrine, in June and October 2012 terrorists planted bombs near buses and cars killing innocent civilians near the sacred site.
The Syrian state-run news agency SANA reported that on Friday July 19th, shells fired by insurgents, many of whom are foreign nationals fighting against President Bashar Assad landed “in the vicinity” of the shrine of Sayyida Zeinab (as) and killed Anas Roumani, the shrine’s administrative director. Several bystanders were also wounded in the attack.
Shia Muslims from neighboring Iraq and Lebanon have come together to protect the shrine of Sayyida Zeinab (as) with the Abul Fadhl brigade being among the more well-known groups that seeks to provide security for the blessed shrine and its pilgrims. There are wide spread concerns for the safety of the shrine of Sayyida Zeinab following the attack against the shrine of the great companion of the Prophet, Hijr ibn Adi in small town north of Damascus several months ago.