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16:29 | 2011-09-12

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Spokesman Blames Foreign Terrorists for Fomenting Unrests in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast blamed foreign hands for unrests in Syria, cautioning that foreign terrorists have infiltrated the country to aggravate the conditions in the Arab state in a bid to topple Bashar Assad's government.

"A number of armed elements have infiltrated Syria and killed the people and the security forces in the country," Mehman-Parast told reporters on Monday, underlining that foreign hands should be condemned for unrests in Syria as the Syrian people do not posses arms and do not massacre each other for materializing their rights.

He further rejected some media reports on an upcoming visit to Tehran by Syrian President Bashar Assad, reiterating that the foreign ministry is not informed of any such visit.

Earlier this month, in confessions broadcast on the Syrian TV, a captured terrorist revealed the tactics used by armed terrorist groups to stir tension in Syria and the role played by the foreign elements in Syrian unrests.

The terrorist, Ammar Ziyad al-Najjjar, confessed that he received foreign aid and instructions from contacts in Saudi Arabia and Jordan to deface Damascus.

Al-Najjar stated that he was involved in a group that received instructions on how to kidnap people and blame it on the Syrian government.

The man also confessed to, among other crimes, purchasing firearms and distributing them.

He also recounted how groups of outsiders, many of whom not Syrians, showed up during the attacks on police stations in Hama.

Najjar said the men would distribute food and drink to demonstrators, sometimes slipping money into the food to encourage protests and adding stimulant powders at other times.

There was another type of pills that made people more aggressive -- pills that were given openly to members of the foreign-backed terror squads, he explained.

Syrian state television has also broadcast other reports showing seized weapons caches and confessions by terrorist elements describing how they obtained arms from foreign sources.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.