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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Syria four wait for official help

Five days after the arrest of four Australian women in relation to an alleged attempt to smuggle a firearm onto a flight from Damascus, the Syrian Government is maintaining silence on the case. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said that an official from Cairo - Australia's accredited embassy for Syria - was due to arrive in Damascus yesterday in a bid to offer consular aid to the detained women, all understood to be of Iraqi origin.

Their Gulf Air flight to Bahrain was to connect to a flight to Australia. Some sources said the weapon was found in a child's toy belonging to the son of one of the women. Meanwhile the Syrian Government has begun carrying out checks on internal bus and train services in a search for at least one man who is believed to have accompanied the women to the airport.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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