Syria appeals to UNSC to condemn Hatla massacre

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Foreign and Expatriates Ministry has reiterated that  the UN Security Council's inaction towards the terrorist crimes which took place in Syria encourages the terrorist groups to go ahead in targeting innocent citizens nationwide.

The most recent massacre was perpetrated yesterday ( June, 12, 2013-06-13) when al-Nusra Front-affiliated terrorist group killed dozens of innocent locals including women and children in Hatla village, just to the east of the city of Der Ezzour, because they had rejected to support terrorists in their criminal acts against the locals.     

According to the ministry's letter sent to the UNSC today, the terrorists looted and ransacked private and public properties , set fire to the locals' homes, and desecrated the Holy Shrines.

 A video posted on line, shows the graphic details of the massacre.

Salafi Sheikh instigated the massacre 

The ministry made it clear that a Takfiri Salafi Sheik in Kuwait called' Shafi al-Ajami', who is involved in funding and sending thousands of  terrorist 'Jihadies' in support for al-Nusra Front had instigated the massacre.

once again,it warned against the dangers of turning a blind eye or involvement in supporting Takfiri terrorism linked to al-Qaeda which is being practiced by al-Nusra Front and its allies and the so called 'free Syrian army'.

Such acts help the spreading of terrorism and extremism, according to the letter.  

'Military balance'

"continuing to  arm the  opposition by some states or announcing readiness to arm it under the pretext of changing military balance on the ground unmasked these states' intentions of hampering efforts being exerted to bring about political solution to the crisis in Syria between the Syrians and under the" Syrian leadership," the ministry said in the letter.

It noted that Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia directly support terrorism by all means, adding that the decisions recently issued by the EU as regards lifting the embargo on arming the opposition and allowing the European importers to buy the Syrian oil from the opposition violate the EU' adherence to combat funding terrorism and all relevant UN resolutions.

The ministry appealed to the UNSC to fulfill its role in combating terrorism and condemning the Hatla massacre.

Basma Qaddour   

Protests Continue at Taksim Square

After a night spent under clouds of police tear gas, protesters in Istanbul’s Gezi Park on Wednesday cleaned up the debris, fortified their encampment, dressed their wounds and said they would stay on. Though Turkey’s government has vowed to end protests, the park is home to a colorful group of hundreds of young people at the heart of a bid to save the site from a controversial redevelopment scheme that has led to antigovernment demonstrations nationwide, according to Time World.

Riot police moved into Taksim on Tuesday wielding tear gas and water cannons but did not enter the crowded park. Taksim Solidarity, a loose coalition of groups represented in the park, said overnight teargasing had ended any possible dialogue with the government.

Gezi is the epicenter of protests that have rocked Turkey over the past two weeks. They began over government plans to raze the park and build an Ottoman barracks cum commercial development in its place. After footage showing trees being uprooted and police violently attacking a peaceful sit-in went viral, tens of thousands of people took to the streets. The sit-in in the park grew into an occupation uniting dissidents of all stripes protesting Erdogan’s increasingly heavy-handed rule. Protests spread to other cities and met with police intervention. Clashes continued in the capital Ankara on Tuesday night.

The upheaval in Istanbul’s city center has put the government in a tight spot. Tourism is suffering and the economy is under pressure. Hundreds of lawyers packed the entrance hall of Istanbul’s main Palace of Justice on Wednesday, chanting slogans to protest the detention of 47 colleagues a day earlier in a demonstration supporting the Gezi Park protests.

An unprecedented spirit of volunteerism has kept the protest going. Young students in jeans and white jackets, gas masks and goggles at the ready, busily compile an inventory of supplies. Downstairs in the hotel car park, streams of people from across the city arrive to drop off supplies. At noon, office workers from nearby businesses made their way there at lunchtime laden with bags of toilet paper, bread, cleaning supplies and more.

The protests have had a seismic impact across Turkey; in Gezi, a new generation of Turkish dissent has come of age. A study by Istanbul’s Bilgi University of people camped out in the park found that some 60% have no prior political affiliation.

“There is a new political dynamic that has emerged,” says Sezgin Tanrikulu, deputy head of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP). He was part of a group of CHP deputies who spent Tuesday night under tear gas in Gezi Park. We need to develop a political language based not on old political fault lines but new issues like environmentalism, pluralism and respect of everyone’s way of life.”


Putin, Obama to tackle crisis in Syria :McFaul

The alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria will be high atop the agenda of the upcoming meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland next week, according to Voice of Russia, TASS.

This came today from the US Ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul, who told reporters Moscow and Washington were deeply engaged in a discussion of the crisis in Syria.


Al-Halqi :Army's Victories Pave the Way to Restore Security

DAMASCUS, (ST)- "needless to say, the government is defending the homeland with every possible effort  through its political, economic and social bodies ,"underscored Al-Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi.

Al-Halqi's remark was made during a meeting held on Thursday with representatives from Daraa province at the People's Assembly  .

During the meeting, al-Halqi made it clear that the state-affiliated bodies are ready ,around the clock, to provide citizens with services only to properly tackle the emergency situations.

He highly lauded the army's recent victories over the regional and international-backed terrorist groups.

"the said victories will definitely pave the way to restore security and stability nationwide and to commence the stage of reconstruction as well, "added al-Halqi.

"the basic goal of the  government's meeting with the MPs is to be directly acquainted the local service and developmental reality with the aim of removing obstacles  and boosting fruitful deeds ,"asserted al-Halqi.

Al-Halqi affirmed that the government is adopting the partnership's principle as regards   the cohesion between the legislative and executive authorities  in a bid to revitalize the  economic and service situations across Syria.

The Prime Minister  also briefed his guests on challenges which face the economic situation as a result of  the unjust siege imposed on Syria  and the systematic devastation committed by the terrorist groups all government –related facilities especially in the fields of oil ,electricity and grind mills only to destroy the Syrians' potentials.

"at present, the government's main obsession is to secure the citizen's requirements ,cementing the bridges of amity and cooperation and rejecting violence between the Syrians through materializing the political program as it is the only way to leave the crisis behind," concluded al-Halqi.


Al-Nusra Front Terrorists Commit New Massacre Against Civilians in Deir Ezzour

DEIR EZZOUR, (ST) - The Arab, regional and Foreign backed Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front), which has links to al-Qaeda, committed on Wednesday a horrible massacre against peaceful Syrian civilians in Deir Ezzour governorate.

An official source told SANA that al-Nusra Front terrorists attacked families and citizens in Deir Ezzour Hatla village and killed 30 people, among them were women and children, because they refused to support the terrorists' aggressive acts against civilians.   

The source said that the terrorists looted and robbed citizens' private and public properties and stormed into worshipping places to discrete them and steal their contents.

H .Mustafa