Moscow Seeks Lasting Political Settlement to Crisis in Syria: Russian Ambassador

DAMASCUS- Russian Ambassador in Damascus Alexander Efimov has stressed that his country stands against attempts by some countries, which have lost the battlefield in Syria, to use all diplomatic and financial means to deny the Syrian people's right to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of their country.

In an interview with SANA marking Russia's 29th anniversary of Russia's National Day, Efimov said that the Russian-Syrian relations are that of "strategic friendship" which has proved to be firm and strong in the face of regional and international challenges, pointing out that Russia has supported Syria in the confrontation of foreign-backed terrorism.

Army expands operations against positions and supply routes of Jabhat al-Nusra in countryside of Hama and Idleb

Hama, Idleb - Syrian Arab Army units expanded operations against fortifications and supply routes of terrorist organizations in Tal Mileh, Jubain, Kafr Zita, al-Nuqair and Arinba in countryside of Idleb and Hama, inflicting heavy losses upon them in the personnel and equipment.

SANA said that after closely tracking the movements of terrorist groups affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra and al-Ezza Brigades from the direction of Tal Mileh and Jubain to the north of Mharda city in the northwestern countryside, army units conducted intensive strikes against them.

SANA added that a number of terrorists were killed in the strikes and others were injured, in addition to destroying their machinegun-equipped vehicles.

Premier Visits Hama, Inspects Process of Wheat Harvesting and Marketing

HAMA- Upon the directives of President Bashar Al-Assad, Prime Minister Imad Khamis on Saturday visited Hama province and inspected wheat harvesting and marketing in the area.

Khamis visited  a number of wheat fields in Tomin town in Hama’s southwestern countryside, accompanied by Agriculture Minister Ahmad al-Qadiri and Internal Trade and Consumer Protection Minister Atef Naddaf.

The Premier listened to the difficulties which the farmers in the province face, and gave instructions to help overcome these difficulties and facilitate the marketing of wheat.

Army repels al-Nusra terrorists’ attacks in Hama countryside

Hama – Syrian Arab Army units destroyed with precision strikes many vehicles including SUVs, armored vehicles, and car bombs used by terrorists to attack Tel Meleh and Kafrhoud in Hama’s northern countryside, killing many terrorists.

SANA said army units continued to pursue the remnants of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists after inflicting heavy losses upon them in personnel and equipment, despite the large number of terrorists and car bombs with which the terror organization had attempted to breach the engagement lines.

SANA said the car bombs were destroyed by the army before they could reach the engagement lines, and at the same time carried out concentrated strikes targeting the terrorists that had attempted to sneak across the front lines, in addition to targeting their supply routes and command centers using artillery and rockets.

The social media accounts of terrorist groups affiliated with Jabhat al-Nusra admitted they suffered heavy losses in equipment and that a number of their leaders were killed, including terrorist Abdulbasset al-Sarout.

On Friday evening, the terrorist groups had carried out an intensive attack on the area near Kafrhoul and Tel Meleh using new weapons and vehicles supplied by the Turkish regime in an attempt to make up for their losses, but army units repelled the attack, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.

On a relevant note, the reporter said army units carried out concentrated strikes targeting terrorist groups that had been firing shells and rockets at Shaizar village and surrounding areas in Hama’s northern countryside, which resulted in destroying a number of rocket launchers in addition to killing and injuring a number of terrorists.

SANA went on to say that army units carried out concentrated operations targeting terrorists’ supply and movement routes from Idleb countryside to Hama’s northern countryside, which resulted in destroying vehicles and killing and injuring a number of terrorists at the outskirts of Khan Sheikhoun and al-Habbit.

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.