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Canada rejects ‘comical’ al-Qaeda link to Syria blasts as 44 die in suicide attacks
Postmedia News Dec 23, 2011 – 12:27 PM ET | Last Updated: Dec 23, 2011 4:20 PM ET
A picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency shows a poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hanging from a building as pro-government protesters gather for a demonstration to denounce the suicide bombings in Damascus on Friday.
By Lee Berthiaume
OTTAWA — Canada has dismissed as ‘comical’ Syrian government claims that al-Qaeda was behind two suicide bombings in the country that have left 44 people dead and injured 100 more.
The UN says more than 5,000 people have died since mass protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime erupted in March.
Announcing a new freeze on Syrian regime assets held by Canadian banks Friday, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird questioned the credibility of the al-Qaeda explanation, citing previous Assad denials that any violence was taking place within the country.
“If it wasn’t so serious it would almost be comical,” he said.
The violence in the country took a deadly fresh turn Friday after two blasts exploded at security service bases in the Syrian capital, Damascus – the first suicide bombings in the country since the uprising began.
“Forty-four people, civilians and security forces, were killed and 166 others injured in the two terrorist operations,” the interior ministry said, as an advance team made preparations for Arab League observers to oversee a plan to end the bloodshed.
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Syrian security men react after a security base was targeted by a suicide attack in Damascus Friday.
One bomber tried to ram a vehicle packed with explosives into the compound of the General Security Directorate, Syria’s most important plainclothes security service, in the Kfar Suseh neighbourhood of Damascus, witnesses said.
A second blew up a vehicle outside a nearby military intelligence building.
The blasts cast a pall over the first day of work of an Arab observer mission intended to oversee an end to nine months of bloodshed.
Mr. Baird could not say how much money and property Canadian banks were holding for the 33 senior Syrian government and military officials and 10 primarily state-run companies affected by the asset freeze.
“The financial institutions will be required immediately to review their accounts to find out how much is available and the RCMP will work with that,” he said. “Until those reviews have taken place, we can’t say to what extent their assets are here.”
Asset freeze: Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.
In addition to the asset freeze, Baird said Canada was prohibiting all imports from Syria except food, while Canadian companies will not be allowed to make any new investments in the country or export equipment, including software for the monitoring of telephone and Internet communications.
“Assad is cut off … his disgusting brand of violence must stop and come to an end, he must go,” said Baird.
Researchers at the University of Toronto reported in November that websites belonging to the Syrian government and the terrorist organization Hezbollah were being hosted on Canadian servers.
“Canada will continue to put the squeeze on the Assad regime,” Baird said. “Assad will fall, the government will fall, it’s only a matter of time.”
A delegation of Arab League officials visits a site to inspect damages to buildings after a car bomb attack in Damascus Friday.
The foreign affairs minister also reiterated the government’s call for all Canadians still in Syria to leave by any means necessary.
Syrian state television showed pictures of a huge crater at one of the bomb sites and pools of blood on surrounding pavements.
Bystanders were seen carrying away charred and mangled bodies wrapped in makeshift shrouds.
Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, an ally of Assad, accused “terrorist” Washington of orchestrating the attacks.
The movement said such bombings are “the speciality of the United States”, which is seeking revenge for its “defeat” in Iraq, days after its forces completed their withdrawal from the country.
Postmedia News with files from the Nat