Palestinian factions oppose military action in Syria
Published Sunday 01/09/2013 (updated) 03/09/2013 14:11
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian political factions said Saturday that they oppose foreign intervention in Syria.
"Whatever the circumstances or reasons, we reject any external aggression on Syria and any other Arab country," PA minister of endowment and religious affairs Mahmoud al-Habash said.
"Any foreign interference in Arab countries is a new colonization, and will not solve problems but make it more difficult and complicated."
Islamic Jihad official Sheikh Nafith Azzam told Ma'an that the group rejects any "foreign intervention in any Arab or Muslim country."
He said he hopes the conflict can be solved without military action and in a way which guarantees Syrian unity.
Islamic Jihad will respond to any assault on Gaza if Israel decides to use military action in Syria as an excuse for attacking the coastal enclave, Azzam added.
US President Barack Obama on Saturday lifted the threat of immediate punitive air strikes on Syria, even as the regime in Damascus said it was primed for any assault.
Obama said he will ask the US Congress to authorize military action after having decided to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons.