Syria: New Zealand Mosque Shooting Affirms Need for Collective Global Effort to Eliminate Terrorism

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Syria has strongly condemned the terrorist attack which targeted two Mosques in New Zealand, stressing that this crime indicates the urgent need to unify the world countries' efforts as to eliminate terrorism.

An official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates told SANA that "The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the cowardly terrorist attack which targeted two mosques in New Zealand and which killed and wounded dozens of worshippers.

"This racist terrorist crime affirms the urgent need to unify all's efforts to eliminate terrorism, fight extremist ideas and end hatred against Islam," the source said.

Zakharova: Terrorists Getting Ready to Stage Chemical Provocations in Syria

MOSCOW- Terrorists are establishing arms caches in several Syrian provinces to stage chemical weapons provocations, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Friday, Itar Tass reported.

"There are alarming reports, which say that members of the so-called Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terror group, also known as Jabhat al-Nusra, together with the White Helmets, are getting ready to stage chemical agent attacks, planning to accuse the Syrian government of using chemical weapons," she said.

Army eliminates terrorist groups violated de-escalation zone agreement in countryside of Idleb and Hama

Idleb, Hama - The Syrian Arab Army units operating in northern Hama have eliminated terrorist groups that violated the de-escalation zone agreement in a number of towns of countryside of Idleb and Hama.

SANA said that army units on Friday killed members of terrorist groups in the outskirts of al-Lahaya, Morik, Kafar Zita, Tal Othman and Tal al-Sakhr villages and town in the northern countryside of Hama Province.

In Idleb, SANA added, army units thwarted an infiltration attempt of terrorists from al-Habeet town towards the liberated areas in the southeastern countryside of Idleb province.

A number of terrorists were killed or injured as their weapons and equipment were destroyed.

On Thursday, the army units killed a number of Jbahat al-Nusra-linked terrorists and destroyed their hideouts in Hass town in southern Idleb.

Russian Military: Situation in Rukban Camp Made Worse by Crimes of US-Backed Militants

MOSCOW- The dire humanitarian situation in the Rukban refugee camp, located within the 55-km security zone surrounding US Tanf base, is made worse by lawlessness on behalf of US-supported militants, the head of the Russian center for reconciliation of the opposing sides in Syria told reporters, according to Itar Tass.

"The situation in the Rukban camp is made worse by widespread crime. Refugees are forced to stay in the camp and suffer from lawlessness on behalf of militant groups supported by the United States," Maj. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin said.

He said that the Syrian government offered security guarantees to refugees willing to leave the camp, and offered to issue new documents instead of their lost ones under a simplified procedure.

EU Politicizes Humanitarian Issue in Syria to Put More Pressure on the Syrian Government: Foreign Ministry

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Syria has vehemently condemned attempts by the European Union to politicize the humanitarian file in Syria and exploit it to prolong the crisis and put more pressure on the Syrian government,  an official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said on Friday, referring to the holding of anti-Syria conferences such as the recently held "Brussels" Conference on Syria.

The Syrian Arab Republic expressed astonishment over holding the so-called "Brussels Conference" on Syria in the absence of the main concerned party in the Syrian Affair which is Syria, the source added.