Syria's Bashar Al-Jaafari Re-elected as Rapporteur of UN C-24

NEW YORK, (ST)- Dr. Bashar Al-Jaafari, Syria's Permanent Representative at the United Nations, was reelected as the Rapporteur of the UN Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (also known as the Special Committee on decolonization or C-24).

700 People in Serghaya Town in Damascus to Have their Legal Status Settled

DAMASCUS COUNTRYSIDE – Governor of Damascus Countryside Alaa Ibrahim inspected on Wednesday the services situation in Serghaya town and the implemented measures to settle the status of armed persons after the departure of terrorists from the town within the framework of continued local reconciliations in the western part of the province, SANA reported.

In a press statement during the visit, the Governor said the process of settling the legal status of about 700 persons from the town of Serghaya has been embarked on, noting that a large number of those persons will join the military service, while the others will return to their normal lives.

1500 Displaced Persons Return to Hama’s Helfaya, 45 Persons Fleeing ISIS in Raqqa Arrive in the Province

HAMA – 300 families who left their homes fleeing the terrorist organizations have returned back to Helfaya city in the northwestern countryside of Hama province.

Governor of Hama Mohammad al-Hazzouri told SANA that the families included 1500 persons, noting that their return to Helfaya has come in the framework of implementing the reconciliation agreement reached recently to restore security and stability to the city, which is located 25 km northwest of Hama city, according to SANA.

Transport Minister Asserts Economic Blockade Negatively Impacted All Aspects of Life in Syria

Minister of Transportation Ali Hammod has asserted that the unjust economic blockade imposed on the Syrian Arab Airlines Company and ships has paralyzed communication between citizens in Syria and abroad and has negatively affected health system and infrastructures of services.

He called for lifting the blockade through operating Syrian airplanes to Europe and European airplanes to Syria.

His remarks were made during a speech he gave Wednesday in the Global Transport Conference being held in Geneva between February 21 and 25.

The minister briefed the participants in the conference on Syria's role in global transport and the importance of the country's geographical and historical position.

Syrian-Iranian-Russian Cooperation Helped Achieve Strategic Gains in Fight against Terrorism: PA Speaker

TEHRAN, (ST)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has reiterated that attaining peace and stability in Syria serves the interest of Palestine and the region.

Meeting Speaker of Syrian People's Assembly (PA) Hadiya Abbas on Wednesday on the sideline of the Sixth International Conference on the Palestinian Intifada being held in Tehran, Rouhani reaffirmed Iran's firm support for Syria in all domains.

He hailed the victories of the Syrian Arab army and people in their struggle against terrorists, noting that Iran will continue to back the Syrian people in the face of terrorism and will strongly support intra-Syrian talks to find political solution to the crisis in the country.

Army advances in graveyards area in Deir Ezzor

Deir Ezzor - Army and Armed Forces units, in cooperation with supporting forces and with aerial support, carried out military operations on Wednesday targeting ISIS gatherings in Deir Ezzor city and in its surroundings, SANA reported.

Army units expanded the extent of their control in the graveyards area at the southern outskirts of Deir Ezzor city in the direction of the road linking Deir Ezzor Airport and the residential neighborhoods of the city after targeting ISIS hotbeds and infiltration points.

13 injured due to ISIS assault with shells on Deir Ezzor city

Deir Ezzor – Thirteen people got injured on Wednesday when ISIS terrorists bombarded residential neighborhoods in Deir Ezzor city with mortar and rocket shells.

The terrorists fired ten rocket and mortar shells on the neighborhoods of al-Joura and al-Qusour in Deir Ezzor city, and as a result thirteen people got injured and huge material damage was caused to a number of houses and to infrastructure, SANA reported.