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Cablegate: Sarg Condemnation of Alleged U.S. Military Strike in Abu

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TAGS: PGOV KPAO PHUM PREL SA SY
SUBJECT: SARG CONDEMNATION OF ALLEGED U.S. MILITARY STRIKE IN ABU
KAMAL

REF: DAMASCUS 741

1. [SBU] As reported reftel, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
Faisal Miqdad passed Charge a copy of the Ministry's press release
regarding the alleged U.S. military operation in eastern Syria that
purportedly killed eight Syrian civilians. An Embassy translation
follows.

2. [SBU] Begin text:

Syrian Arab Republic
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Office of the Vice Minister

To the Syrian News Agency (SANA), for distribution

An official source announced the following:

Four U.S. helicopters coming from Iraq today violated Syrian
airspace in the area of Abu Kamal at the Sakkariya farm. The
helicopters targeted a civilian building which lead to the deaths of
citizen Daoud Mohammed Al Abdullah and his four children, citizen
Ahmad Khalifa and citizen Ali Abbas Hassan and his wife and the
injury of another citizen. The American helicopters then returned
to Iraq.

Syria condemns this aggressive act and holds the U.S. forces
responsible for this aggression and for all that proceeds from it.
Syria also demands that the Iraqi government take responsibility and
launch an investigation immediately into this grave violation.
Syria also demands that the Iraqi government prevent/forbid the use
of Iraqi territory for aggression against Syria.

The Vice Foreign Minister called in the U.S. Charge d'Affaires in
Damascus and informed her of Syria's protest and condemnation of
this grave attack and that it holds the U.S. Administration
completely responsible for it. The Iraqi Charge d'Affaires was also
called in to the Foreign Ministry for the same purpose.

End Text.

CONNELLY

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