EU Politicizes Humanitarian Issue in Syria to Put More Pressure on the Syrian Government: Foreign Ministry

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Syria has vehemently condemned attempts by the European Union to politicize the humanitarian file in Syria and exploit it to prolong the crisis and put more pressure on the Syrian government,  an official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said on Friday, referring to the holding of anti-Syria conferences such as the recently held "Brussels" Conference on Syria.

The Syrian Arab Republic expressed astonishment over holding the so-called "Brussels Conference" on Syria in the absence of the main concerned party in the Syrian Affair which is Syria, the source added.

US Administration Pledges $5 million Donation to So-Called "White Helmets" in Syria

US President Donald Trump's administration is doubling down on backing the so-called "White Helmets", an alleged "defense group" with controversial activity in terrorist-held areas of Syria, pledging a $5 million donation at a conference.

According to RT, the contribution was announced by ambassador James Jeffrey, US special envoy to the US-led coalition, purportedly against Daesh (ISIS, IS or ISIL), at the so-called "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region" conference, held in Brussels.

Educational Sector in Daraa Witnesses Rapid Recovery after Liberation from Terrorism

DARAA- The life in Daraa province is returning to normal gradually at various fields, especially in the education sector since the province was declared free from terrorism in August 2018, a report published by the Syrian news Agency SANA said.

Speaking to SANA reporter, Head of the Educational Directorate at Daraa, Mohammaed Kheir al-Awdaallah said that the control of the Takfiri terrorist organizations and their practices led to a decrease in the number of schools in the province from 988 to 545 schools.

Israeli-made weapons discovered in Daraa countryside

Daraa – Authorities on Thursday discovered amounts of weapons, some of which are Israeli-made in Inkhel and al-Hara towns in Daraa Province.

An official source told SANA that different sorts of weapons such as PKC machineguns, RPG launchers and rounds, anti-armor launchers Dushka machineguns, binoculars, grenades, communication devices and ammunition were found during the army combing operations in the aforementioned areas.

Army inflicts losses upon Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Idleb

Idleb – Army units carried out intensive strikes against dens for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Idleb southern countryside in response to the terrorists’ breaches of the de-escalation zone agreement in Idleb.

SANA said that the army units afternoon conducted artillery strikes against Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists’ positions and groups affiliated to them in Marshmarin, and Jerjanaz in Idelb countryside, killing many of the terrorists, and destroying their dens, weapons, and ammo.

SANA added that the army units thwarted an infiltration attempt by the terrorists of the so-called “Turkistani party” from al-Jaberiyah and Tal Othman villages towards the safe areas in Hama northwestern countryside, destroying their vehicles.

Earlier, an army unit targeted with artillery bombardments Jabhat al-Nusra positions in al-Hass town in Idleb Province.

SANA said that several positions and vehicles of the terrorists were destroyed and many of them were killed or injured during the operation.

Tens of Displaced Syrians Return Home from Jordan across Nasib Border Crossing

DARAA, (ST)- More batches of displaced Syrians continue to return from al-Azraq camp in Jordan to their original areas of residence in Syria after the Syrian Arab army had liberated their towns and villages from terrorism and restored security and stability there, thereby preparing suitable environment for the return of thousands of Syrians who fled the crimes of terrorist organizations.

Some of the returnees, who were previously displaced from eastern Ghouta, told SANA about their feelings on returning to their homeland. They expressed their happiness for being back at home after their areas were liberated from terrorism by the Syrian army. They urged all the Syrians abroad to return home because Syria has become safer.

US, UK Created, Funded So-Called "White Helmets" Organization to Use It in Serving Terrorist Groups in Syria

GENEVA, (ST)- The United States and Britain have created and funded the so-called "White Helmets" group to be used as an alleged "humanitarian arm" serving the terrorist organizations in Syria, mainly Jabhat al-Nusra, and as an agent on ground serving the intelligence bodies of the countries that created them, Syria's Permanent Representative at the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva Hussam Eddin Ala has underscored.

In a joint symposium held at the UN office in Geneva in cooperation between the permanent missions of Syria and Russia at the UN, Ala said that Washington and London have made the "White Helmets" a main tool in the disinformation campaign they launched against Syria and a source for fabrications and accusations relating to the alleged use of chemical weapons in terrorist-held areas.