Israeli occupation authorities commit arson in occupied Golan that extended to liberated areas

Quneitra – In the framework of their aggressive exercises against the occupied Syrian Golan, the Israeli occupation authorities committed arson to agricultural and pastoral lands that are located to the west of Saida al-Hanout village in the liberated area in southern countryside of Quneitra province, according to SANA.

Deputy Chairman of Quneitra Executive Bureau, Hussein Ishak told SANA that this is an expected act of the occupation, adding that it violates the international agreements and proves the hostile nature of the Israeli occupation.

Colonel Firas Samara, Head of Readiness Department, said that the occupation authorities set fire to the area to the west of Saida al-Hanout late at night, causing damage to the agricultural and pastoral lands.

He added that the fires were put out by the fire brigade and Quneitra Agricultural Directorate.

Quneitra Agricultural Director, Shaman al-Juma said that the arson caused damage to 70 donums of wheat and 20 donums of pastral areas.

All Should Join Efforts to Dry up Terrorism Sources: Serbian and Antiochian Orthodox Patriarchates

BEIRUT, (ST)- Peace in the Middle East can't be attained unless all join efforts for this purpose within the principle of co-existence among all spectra of society.

In a joint statement, the two patriarchates said that the Serbian and Antiochian Churches are praying for peace in Syria and Lebanon and for the good of all humanity, stressing that all should assume their responsibilities towards drying up sources of terrorism and reaching peaceful solutions to all crises as to help alleviate the impacts of war.  

The statement urged the international community and all governments to take into consideration the fact that the terrorism hitting the East will affect all components.

Claims about Return of Relations between Damascus and Hamas "Baseless": Media Source

DAMASCUS, (ST)- All rumors and reports about the return of relations between the Syrian government and Hamas are "baseless", a media source has stressed, pointing out that all the news circulated by some media outlets won't change Syria's attitude towards Hamas which supported terrorists in Syria since the beginning of the terrorist war on the country and which has become refused by the Syrian people.

 In a statement to SANA on Friday, the source refuted media reports and remarks published about renewing any relations with Hamas movement, saying that Syria has adopted a principled stance on this issue.

Army destroys terrorists’ gatherings and supply routes in Hama northwestern countryside

Hama - After clashes which were erupted between the army units and the terrorist attacking groups at the confrontation points in Hama countryside, the army units contained the attack, consolidated their presence points and re-positioned in the area, SANA said.

Earlier today, Syrian Arab Army’s units operating in Hama eliminated terrorist groups, which attacked military points in the direction of Tal al-Jabin/Tal Melh in the northwestern countryside of Hama, in parallel with conducting concentrated strikes against the terrorists’ supply routes coming from Idleb southern countryside.

SANA said that army units responded to the terrorist groups’ breaches, and targeted with intensive artillery strikes hideouts and positions of terrorists from “al-Izzeh Battalions”, which includes hundreds of foreign mercenaries, in Morek, Kafar Zita, al-Arbaein, and Hasraya, in Hama northwestern countryside.

IFJ condemns abduction of al-Ikhbariya correspondent, calls for releasing him soon

Brussels  - The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the abduction of al-Ikhbariya TV correspondent in the province of Hasaka Mohammad Tawfiq al-Saghir by the militias of the “Kurdistan Workers’ Party” (Asayish), SANA reported.

“The IFJ joins the Syrian Journalists’ Union in condemning this violation of press freedom and demands the immediate release of the correspondent .” The IFJ said in a statement posted on its website on Friday.

Secretary-General of the IFJ Anthony Bellanger said that al-Saghir had been abducted because he had done his job in covering the news, calling for releasing him immediately.

On June 4, Syria’s Al-Ikhbariya TV said that the militias of the “Kurdistan Workers’ Party” (Asayish) abducted the channel’s correspondent in Hasaka because he covered the fires in the wheat fields in Qamishli, which are widely believed to have been caused by these militias

The channel said the militias abducted the correspondent and took him to an unknown location while he was traveling between Qamishli and Hasaka, and held them fully accountable for his safety.