Armed Groups' Presence in Madaya Comes to An End, Displaced Citizens to Return Home

DAMASCUS COUNTRYSIDE, (ST)- Alaa Ibrhaim, the Governor of Damascus Countryside, has stressed that after the entire armed presence in the towns of Madaya, Boukin and Bloudan has come to an end,  the displaced people of these towns will start returning home and all services will gradually be restored as the rehabilitation of the damaged infrastructure and public utilities are to immediately start.

In a statement to reporters during his tour in the three towns to inspect the damage caused by terrorists in these areas, Ibrahim said "maintenance teams will work around the clock to fix the damage caused to the infrastructure and to restore the services from which the people of these towns have been deprived for years because of takfiri terrorist groups' crimes."

Al-Jaafari, Guterres Discuss US Aggression on Syria, Humanitarian Cooperation

NEW YORK, (ST)- Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday held a meeting in which they discussed the American aggression on the Syrian territories, Syria's stance on conducting a transparent and objective investigation in the Khan Sheikhoun  town and al-Shayrat airbase in Homs and Syria's cooperation I with the UN commissions and agencies to provide humanitarian assistance, particularly to crisis-affected citizens inside the Syrian territory.

Army establishes control over a number of hills in Palmyra

Hama, Homs - Army units foiled an attack by Jabhatal-Nusra terrorists on the workers’ housing at al-Zara thermal power station in the southern countryside of Hama central province.

Army units on Wednesday morning clashed with terrorist groups that infiltrated from the eastern direction of Hur Binafseh town to the west of al-Zara station into the housing units of the station’s workers and a number of the military posts near the station, SANA reported.

Tourism Minister Meets Western Media Delegation, Says Terrorism Targeting Syria's History, Culture

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Tourism Minister Bisher Yazigi has stressed that the foreign-backed terrorist organizations have targeted the Syrian heritage by systematic attacks and looting in an attempt to destroy the Syrian civilization and history.

 During his meeting on Tuesday with a western media delegation comprising journalists from the United States, Australia and eight European countries, Yazigi talked about the huge damage caused to the tourism sector in Syria because of the terrorist war imposed on Syria, clarifying that many tourist and services facilities have stopped working and many others have been destroyed.

He pointed out that the terrorists targeted several key archeological sites in Syria, some of which are on the world heritage list.

Army targets ISIS and al-Nusra in several areas, foils attack by ISIS in Homs

Provinces - Army and Armed Forces units continued targeting terrorists from ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and other terror groups affiliated to them in several areas across the country, SANA reported.

Daraa

An army unit carried out intensive bombardments against Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Daraa al-Balad area in Daraa southern province, inflicting heavy losses upon them in the personnel and equipment.

Defense Minister visits army units in Daraa and its countryside

Daraa – Upon the directives of President Bashar al-Assad, the Commander-in-Chief of the army and armed forces, and on the 71st  anniversary of Independence Day, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Armed Forces, Defense Minister Gen. Fahd Jassem al-Freij visited on Monday army units operating in Daraa and its countryside, SANA reported.

Gen. al-Freij congratulated army’s officers and soldiers on this occasion, conveying to them President al-Assad’s greetings and appreciation for their steadfastness and sacrifices in defending the homeland.

Evacuation of New Batch of Gunmen and Their Families from Homs' al-Waer Neighborhood

Homs– The evacuation of a new batch of militants and their family members from al-Waer neighborhood in Homs city began on Monday afternoon as per the reconciliation agreement for clearing the neighborhood of weapons and militants and restoring state establishments to it, SANA reported.

SANA’s correspondent in Homs reported that a number of buses carrying militants who reject the agreement and some of their family members have exited the neighborhood as per the schedule for implementing the agreement, adding that the evacuation will continue until this batch, which is the fifth, is completed.