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The Syrian Exploration and Documentation Society Discusses the investment of Al-Samra coast in Lattakia




The project  of investing and rehabilitating the coast of  Al-Samra town in Lattakia was the focus of the event, which was  organized by the Syrian  Exploration and Documentation Society, "I am Syrian"..

About 250 volunteers from  different Syrian university students with multiple specializations took part in the activity.

The Secretary General of the society   Khaled Nwelati told  SANA  that this activity  aims   at supporting internal  tourism ,  revitalizing volunteer work and shedding light on the natural, topographic and environmental components  in Syria.

Syrians, stranded abroad, are allowed to enter the country via border outlets with Lebanon within 18 hours after PCR test

DAMASCUS, (ST)- The government team tasked with following up the strategy of combating coronavirus pandemic decided to amend the conditions for entry to the country pursuant to the adopted anti-coronavirus precautionary measures.

During a meeting on Saturday, the team decided to allow the Syrian citizens, stranded abroad because of coronavirus, to enter the country via the legal border outlets with Lebanon within 18 hours after conducting their PCR test at the accredited Lebanese hospitals.

 The returnees will be subjected to house quarantine for five days and those who test positive for coronavirus are to be taken to isolation centers.

MECC condemns Turkey's decision to convert Hagia Sophia church into mosque

The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) issued a statement on Saturday condemning the decision of the Turkish regime to transform the Hagia Sophia Church into a mosque.

 "This decision is an assault on religious freedom, the freedom that has become the cornerstone in international consciousness and that is protected by international law, " a statement by the MECC General Secretariat said.

The MECC called for a decisive UN stance on this decision in order to preserve the historical symbolism represented by the Church of Hagia Sophia.

 The council went on to say that the most dangerous element is that this decision comes out of the context of the Christian-Muslim coexistence as well as the "Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together", signed in 2019, and all the ecumenical initiatives and religious dialogues in the last three decades.

UK decision to resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia ‘tantamount to signing death warrants of children’

The British War Child Charity has warned that the decision of the British government of Boris Johnson to resumes arms sales to the Saudi regime is tantamount to signing the death warrants of thousands of children in the Middle East, particularly in Yemen.

The news paper quoted Rob Williams, the chief executive of the charity as saying that “by allowing these arms sales, the UK will be complicit in the suffering and murder of children in what is already the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

He described the government's decision as “shameful and deadly”.

Ambassador Sabbagh: OPCW’s politicized & biased resolution encourages terrorists to fabricate more chemical attacks

The Hague (ST):  Syria’s permanent representative at the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) ambassador  Bassam al-Sabbagh affirmed that the Syrian Arab Republic considers the resolution adopted by the OPCW’s executive  council regarding the alleged use of chemical weapons in al-Latamneh village in Hama in March 2017 politicized, and it targets a member state in the Organization and a partner in the agreement of the prohibition of chemical weapons for political purposes and well-known agendas.

He added that the resolution is biased towards the point of view of a group of states that have been working on colonialist projects against Syria, noting that the resolution was passed through blackmail and political pressure practiced against member states.

In a speech he made following the vote, Ambassador Sabbagh stressed that the resolution depended on false and incorrect conclusions of a team founded illegitimately, pointing out that this resolution would encourage terrorist organizations to fabricate more chemical plays to accuse the Syrian Arab army of such attacks instead of unifying international efforts to confront these terrorist groups, eliminate them and restore security and stability to Syria. 

The Syrian diplomat went on to say that this resolution would increase divisions among member states and weaken the Organization. “Moreover, it  would give the US, the UK and France more pretexts to commit more aggressive acts against Syria.” Ambassador Sabbagh said, extending thanks and appreciation for all the states  that voted against the resolution and rejected all forms of pressure and political blackmail practiced against them.

The executive council of  the OPCW voted for a Western draft resolution that supports the conclusions of the so-called the "Investigation and Identification Team " regarding the allegation of using chemical weapons in al-Latamenah area, Hama governorate in March 2017.

China, Russia and Iran voted against the resolution while 29 states voted in favor of it with nine states abstained.

Earlier, the Syrian Foreign Ministry had  affirmed that the report of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) about using toxic materials in al-Latamenah town in 2017 is misleading which included false and fabricated conclusions.