Army continues concentrated operations against terrorist positions south of Damascus

Damascus - The Syrian Arab Army continued targeting the positions of terrorist organizations in the Western Ghouta as part of the military operation for uprooting terrorism south of Damascus.

SANA said that on Friday evening, army units carried out intensive artillery and rocket attacks on terrorists’ hideouts based on intelligence data and meticulous reconnaissance, which resulted in destroying several of the terrorists’ positions, leaving scores of them dead or injured.

SANA said the army will continue operations against terrorism until all the details of the ceasefire agreement discussed on Friday afternoon are finalized, because the Syrian state realizes that some terrorist groups could try to circumvent or obstruct some of the agreement’s details.

Information surfaced on Friday noon about the terrorist organizations in Western Ghouta surrendering due to their heavy losses as a result of the targeting of their positions and gathering by the Syrian Air Force and artillery during the past hours, and afterwards there were reports about a ceasefire agreement.

SANA said that the sounds being heard in Damascus are a result of the operations carried out by the army against terrorists south of Damascus.

The Syrian Air Force began on Thursday a series of airstrikes targeting terrorists in al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood and its surroundings at the southern outskirts of Damascus.

The military operation coincides with declaring al-Dmair town in al-Qalamoun area in eastern countryside of Damascus clear of terrorism as the last batch of “Jaish al-Islam” terrorists and their families have been transported from that town to Jarablos.

Army uncovers amounts of weapons and ammunitions inside former Jaish al-Islam sites in al-Dmair

Damascus Countryside - Units of Syrian Arab Army discovered large amounts of weapons and ammunitions left behind by “Jaish al-Isalm” terrorists in al-Dmair area.

SANA said that during the sweeping operations in al-Dmair area after the exit of “Jaish al-Islam” terrorists to Jarablos, the army units seized amounts of ammunitions and weapons in al-Mahata area in the southern part of al-Dmair.

The seized amounts included: Grad rockets, large numbers of rocket shells and mortar rounds, tens of IEDs, RPG rounds, a number of TOW missiles, mines, remote detonators and local-made rocket launchers.

Lavrov: Russia provided proofs on fabricating alleged chemical attack in Douma


Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that Syria is a sovereign state and we never accept the geopolitical attempts of some parties to divide it.

In a joint press conference with his Austrian counterpart Karin Kneissl in Moscow Friday, Lovrov added: “ We have provided evidences of fabricating  the alleged chemical attack in Douma, emphasizing that  Washington and its allies should provide evidences on their claims, SANA reported.

Earlier, Lavrov, in an interview with Sputnik, reaffirmed UK’s involvement in fabricating the allegations about the chemical attack in Douma in Damascus Countryside.

Lavrov said: “Russia has strong evidence that proves the UK involvement in fabricating the alleged chemical attack in Douma city.”

Chinese President calls for impartial investigation into alleged chemical attack in Douma


Beijing - Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized in a telephone conversation with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday the need for an impartial investigation into the alleged chemical attack in Douma city in Eastern Ghouta, SANA reported.

Xinhua said that the two sides exchanged views on the situation in Syria, with Xi affirming the need for a comprehensive and objective investigation into the alleged attack.

Both sides also discussed prospects for promoting the joint relations between China and Britain.

Zakharova: Alleged chemical attack in Douma is serious media provocation

Moscow - Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova affirmed that there are new compelling proofs that the alleged chemical attack in the city of Douma is nothing but a play and a serious media provocation, SANA reported.

In a press conference on Thursday, Zakharova said that there is increasing new proofs “floating on the surface gradually” proving that no chemical attack had occurred in Douma city.