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Syria... Food in Daily Life

Wheat is the main crop and one of the staple foods. Vegetables, fruits, and dairy products also are eaten. Lamb is popular, but most people cannot afford to eat meat on a regular basis. Islam prohibits the consumption of pork, and other meats must be specially prepared in a method called halal cooking. In middle-class and wealthier homes, meals are like those eaten in other Middle Eastern countries: roast or grilled chicken or lamb with side dishes of rice, chickpeas, yogurt, and vegetables. A mezzeh is a midday meal composed of up to twenty or thirty small dishes. These dishes can include hummous , a puree of chickpeas and tahini (ground sesame paste); baba ganouj, an eggplant puree; meat rissoles; stuffed grape leaves; tabouleh (a salad of cracked wheat and vegetables); falafel (deep-fried balls of mashed chickpeas); and pita bread.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Thanks Syria for Continuously Supporting Palestinian Refugees in the Country

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Moallem has reaffirmed Syria's firm stance on providing all forms of assistance and support to the Palestinian people in the confrontation of attempts aiming at undermining the Palestinian cause.  

Al-Moallem made the remarks during a meeting in Damascus on Sunday with Pierre Krahenbuhl, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).

He stressed that despite the terrorist war targeting its independent national decision, Syria has always been ready to provide whatever is necessary to back the steadfastness of the Palestinian people and help them restore their legitimate rights which have been usurped by the Israeli occupation.

Thousands of displaced civilians return to towns liberated by Syrian army in Hama and Idleb

HAMA, (ST)_Thousands of displaced civilians returned today – via Soran corridor in the north of Hama- to their towns and villages in the northern countryside of Hama and the southern countryside of Idleb after the Syrian army liberated them from terrorists.

The returned civilians expressed their pleasure at returning to their homes thanks to the sacrifices of the Syrian army soldiers.

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Crimes of US-Backed "Qasad" Militia against the Syrians Go in Line with Schemes of Some Washington Client States

DAMASCUS, (ST)- The repressive and aggressive acts committed by the US-backed separatist terrorist militia called "Qasad" (Syria Democratic Forces) against the Syrian citizens in Hasaka, Raqqa, Deir Ezzour and Aleppo go in harmony with the schemes being drawn up by "Israel" and implemented by some Washington clients states, the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has stressed, reiterating Syria's determination to liberate every inch of its territories from terrorism and occupation.

In a letter sent to the UN Chief and President of the Security Council on Sunday, the ministry said that "Qasad" has not been satisfied with participating in the crimes committed by the US-led coalition against the Syrians. It has started to adopt a new criminal policy demonstrated in kidnapping, torturing and killing civilians, displacing the locals and stealing their properties as well as taking the youths to illegal forced recruitment aiming to impose a new reality that serves the American and Israeli schemes in the region and prolongs the terrorist war on Syria.

Sen. Richard Black to ST: Saudis have lost the US-backed war in Yemen and just don’t know it

Virginia Senator Richard Black has called for ending America’s support for Saudi Arabia’s losing venture in Yemen, stressing that Yemen’s Houthi Tribesmen Deal Crippling Blow to Saudi Oil Production and Prestige.

In a press release sent to the Syria Times e-newspaper, the senator said: “Saudis tried using cruel bombardment to install a puppet regime in Yemen.  They thought they could muscle the poor Houthi tribesmen, but they were wrong. The dramatic success of their attack on Saudi oil production is a huge victory for the Houthis of Yemen and a huge loss for Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammad bin Salman.”