Terrorist Blast Rocks Area of Haret Hreik in Beirut

 BEIRUT, (ST)_ A car bomb exploded in the area of Haret Hreik in the southern suburb of Beirut, leaving five martyrs, including two women, and over 74 wounded as well as vast damages.

According to al-Manar TV, preliminary information mentioned the terrorist bomb, that was loaded in a dark-green 4x4 Grand Cherokee, targeted Al-Manar previous bloc.

The bomb that also daamaged residential and commercial blocs, weighs 20 kg, information added.

The Lebanese army and the security forces cordoned off the densely-populated area as the rescue teams started moving the wounded to the neighboring hospitals and extinguishing the fire.

Al-Manar exclusive information asserted that the booby-trapped car, that exploded in Haret Hreik, was in Arsal as Sami Ali Hujeiry sold it to Abdul Bassit Ammoun.

Abdul Bassit Ammoun granted the car to his brother-in-law Rakan Ammoun who belongs to Sami al-Atrash and Ibrahim al-Atrash's group, the exclusive information added.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Minister of Information, Omran al-Zoubi vehemently condemned the terrorist attack in the Southern Quarter of Beirut as a an act of terrorism deplorable in all measures.

Minister al-Zoubi reiterated that war against terrorism should be the duty of all countries and that the perpetrators and those governments who support and back terrorism should be held accountable and punished.

The Syrian Parliament (People's Assembly) condemned the terrorist attack which take places in tandem in Iraq, Syria, Egypt and in Lebanon as to compensate for the defeats of the terrorist gangs at the hands of the Syrian and Iraqi Armies.





Damascus Environmental Park: a link between fragrance of the past and perfumed bouquets of the present

The idea of founding an environmental park was initiated by members of the Syrian Association for Environment in collaboration with national and international organization in 2003, but the idea only saw light in 2005,  when a stone wall was built around both tributaries of Barada river where work continued for three years until the park accomplishment. Environment park Damascus is sited on Barada Riverbank near Damascus Castle, few meters away from the famous Umayyad Mosque, Azm Palace, Hamidiya souk and Mausoleum of Saladin. The park is a living testament to the bond between human and its renewable and natural resources.

The park is designed as various plants assortment from the Damascene house,  Damascus Ghouta, Barada valley and mountains surrounding. In the rosaries are cultivated flowerbeds of florae such as lily, jasmine, basil, Damascene roses. of Vegetable patches made of beans, peas and tomatoes rows, are grown between the orchards of bearers like olive trees, citrus trees, cherries and berries trees, alongside with non-edible kinds as willows and Mediterranean trees. Amid trees parterres of parsley, hibiscus, chard and wheat are planted.

The environmental park was established to raise awareness especially among new generations to the necessity of environmental care and protect. in addition to link education with environment to spread knowledge about biodiversity prevailing Damascus and its basin.

All natural park visitors assure that it is the first of its kind in Syria, perfumed with fragrances from past mixed with present;  in a place with no room for synthetic materials as only natural materials are used to create the various components of the park. There wood is used in the manufacture of kiosks, larches and birdhouses;  and all lanes are paved with natural stone besides only vegetation that bear the region climate were planted in the botanical garden.

The park area is about a thousand square meters, whereas the café area is about 170 square meters having a terrace divided into 12 islands, each island contains a collection of plants and has an identification card for each plant to recognize names of cultivated plants such as aromatic plants, wild, ornamental, and medicinal and lemon trees and.

Inside the park stands out a teashop with a damascene design architecture,  from which the aroma of freshly grinded coffee mixed with roses fragrance encounter  newcomers. The café is an essential part of the project as it is used to hold environment seminars and conferences by the environment society. As well as a guide to identify  Syrian national botany and plants diversity that entered Syria and adapted to the region climate.

The beginning of spring and summer is a new season for nature admirers from Damascus, provinces and Arab and foreign countries; who find a green haven as a serene refuge of the city hustle to enjoy the park splendor divided into multi-island including fruit trees, aromatic plants, and medicinal plants etc…

“I come to this park for of its impressive landscape and to enjoy the charming overlook of Damascus castle;  besides I come to write in an atmosphere of tranquility” said one visitor, reflecting the people's awareness of such places importance.

Rowan a university student, is keen on constantly visiting the park with her friends because it is a unique place in Damascus.  She considers as well that not allowing smoking is a wonderful gesture from staff in charge,  as well as a contribution to raise people awareness especially youth and children,  toward environmental issues.


Haifaa Mafalani           

New Batch of Graduates for the Military Academy

New Batch of Graduates for the Military Academy

New Batch of Graduates for the Military Academy

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Under the auspices of President Bashar al-Assad , Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, a ceremony was held yesterday at the Military Academy on the graduation of a new military group , named after martyr Lieutenant Badr Kaddour Deeb

Acting on behalf of President al-Assad, Army Maj.Gen. Khalid Akkari chief of training, referred to the importance of military science education , skills and field experience gained by graduates to cope with requirements of modern warfare and ensure the security of the homeland and the citizen

Maj. Gen. Akkari stressed that the crisis in Syria has strengthened the ability of the Syrian people to foil conspiracies, thanks to the cohesion of the people and the army , noting the heroism of the brave Syrian Army who continue to perform assigned national duties in pursuit of the armed terrorist gangs , more determined to root out terrorism wherever it exists and restore security , stability and tranquility to the homeland .

Following the graduation ceremony, certificates and gifts were distributed on to the top graduates.


T. Fateh

Putin demands to focus on fighting terrorism

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave instructions to the National Anti-Terrorism Committee to step up security measures across all of Russia and specifically in Volgograd Region. The President will receive daily reports from the NAC on the measures being taken along with regular situation reports.

Vladimir Putin has instructed the relevant ministries and agencies during preparations for Russia’s chairmanship in the Group of Eight (G8) to pay special attention to the strengthening of the non-proliferation regime, the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking.

The Kremlin official website reports that the President gave such orders to the Russian Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Internal Affairs, RF Defence Ministry, the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) for the implementation of the tasks that Putin set in his state-of-the-nation address to the Russian Federal Assembly (both houses of RF parliament).

The president also instructed the agencies to pay special attention to these issues during the preparation for the summits of the BRICS group (bringing together Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (CSO) in 2015.

Volgograd attacks are attempt to open internal front, spread chaos – Foreign Ministry

Cynically planned on the eve of New Year celebrations, this strike is another attempt by terrorists to open an internal front, spread panic and chaos, cause inter-religious hatred and conflict in Russian society, says Russian Foreign Ministry.

The terrorist attacks in Volgograd are an attempt to trigger inter-confessional strife in the Russian society. This came in a report of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

"A strike that was that was cynically planned on the New Year’s eve is another terrorist to attempt to open an internal 'front', to cause panic and chaos, and to trigger inter-confessional strife and conflicts in the Russian society. We’ll continue our struggle with the shrewd enemy who knows no borders and can be stopped only by common efforts."

Criminal attacks in Volgograd, as well as the attacks of terrorists in in the US, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and other countries, have much in common, and their inspirers have much in common too, the document stresses,according to Voice of Russia, TASS, RIA.