OIC head condemns US attack on Syria, as inter-Arab tensions rise

Other News Materials 29 October 2008 17:24 (UTC +04:00)

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, general secretary of the Organization of Islamic Conference, on Wednesday condemned last Sunday's US attack inside Syria as Damascus took issue with Saudi Arabia's official silence on the issue, reported dpa.

In a declaration from OIC headquarters in Jeddah, Ihsanoglu held the US responsible in the deaths of innocent civilians in Sunday's helicopter-borne commando raid on a remote Syrian border region village in which the US said it killed an Iraqi militant.

Syria's state-run media said eight civilians, including four children, were killed in the raid.

The incident has meanwhile further increased tensions between Syria - and ally of Iran - and Saudi Arabia as Damascus has taken offense to Riyadh having not yet condemned the attack.

"Those who in their palaces have remained silent, these we will forget, just as they will be forgotten by history," wrote Syria's state-run al-Thawra newspaper on Wednesday.

Another Syrian state-run daily, Tishrin, warned Arab states such as Saudi Arabia that are allied to the United States "that the US has only a single friend in the region, and that is Israel."