Israeli occupation authorities commit arson in occupied Golan that extended to liberated areas

Quneitra – In the framework of their aggressive exercises against the occupied Syrian Golan, the Israeli occupation authorities committed arson to agricultural and pastoral lands that are located to the west of Saida al-Hanout village in the liberated area in southern countryside of Quneitra province, according to SANA.

Deputy Chairman of Quneitra Executive Bureau, Hussein Ishak told SANA that this is an expected act of the occupation, adding that it violates the international agreements and proves the hostile nature of the Israeli occupation.

Colonel Firas Samara, Head of Readiness Department, said that the occupation authorities set fire to the area to the west of Saida al-Hanout late at night, causing damage to the agricultural and pastoral lands.

He added that the fires were put out by the fire brigade and Quneitra Agricultural Directorate.

Quneitra Agricultural Director, Shaman al-Juma said that the arson caused damage to 70 donums of wheat and 20 donums of pastral areas.

Claims about Return of Relations between Damascus and Hamas "Baseless": Media Source

DAMASCUS, (ST)- All rumors and reports about the return of relations between the Syrian government and Hamas are "baseless", a media source has stressed, pointing out that all the news circulated by some media outlets won't change Syria's attitude towards Hamas which supported terrorists in Syria since the beginning of the terrorist war on the country and which has become refused by the Syrian people.

 In a statement to SANA on Friday, the source refuted media reports and remarks published about renewing any relations with Hamas movement, saying that Syria has adopted a principled stance on this issue.

Army destroys terrorists’ gatherings and supply routes in Hama northwestern countryside

Hama - After clashes which were erupted between the army units and the terrorist attacking groups at the confrontation points in Hama countryside, the army units contained the attack, consolidated their presence points and re-positioned in the area, SANA said.

Earlier today, Syrian Arab Army’s units operating in Hama eliminated terrorist groups, which attacked military points in the direction of Tal al-Jabin/Tal Melh in the northwestern countryside of Hama, in parallel with conducting concentrated strikes against the terrorists’ supply routes coming from Idleb southern countryside.

SANA said that army units responded to the terrorist groups’ breaches, and targeted with intensive artillery strikes hideouts and positions of terrorists from “al-Izzeh Battalions”, which includes hundreds of foreign mercenaries, in Morek, Kafar Zita, al-Arbaein, and Hasraya, in Hama northwestern countryside.

IFJ condemns abduction of al-Ikhbariya correspondent, calls for releasing him soon

Brussels  - The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the abduction of al-Ikhbariya TV correspondent in the province of Hasaka Mohammad Tawfiq al-Saghir by the militias of the “Kurdistan Workers’ Party” (Asayish), SANA reported.

“The IFJ joins the Syrian Journalists’ Union in condemning this violation of press freedom and demands the immediate release of the correspondent .” The IFJ said in a statement posted on its website on Friday.

Secretary-General of the IFJ Anthony Bellanger said that al-Saghir had been abducted because he had done his job in covering the news, calling for releasing him immediately.

On June 4, Syria’s Al-Ikhbariya TV said that the militias of the “Kurdistan Workers’ Party” (Asayish) abducted the channel’s correspondent in Hasaka because he covered the fires in the wheat fields in Qamishli, which are widely believed to have been caused by these militias

The channel said the militias abducted the correspondent and took him to an unknown location while he was traveling between Qamishli and Hasaka, and held them fully accountable for his safety.

Crisis in Syria Will End Once US Withdraws Its Occupying Forces from the Country: Senator Black

MOSCOW, (ST)- US Senator Richard Black has stressed that the crisis in Syria will end quickly once the United States withdraws its forces for the Syrian territories.

In a statement to the Russian Novosti news agency published on Thursday, Black said "if we leave Syria the crisis will end very quickly and stability will be restored to the country so the people can live comfortably."

He added that the crisis would have immediately ended if the US and its allies had stopped interfering in its affairs and hadn't built bases in northeastern Syria and in al-Tanf."

He criticized calls for discussing the Syrian constitution, affirming that the current Syrian constitution guarantees "the freedom of religion, women rights and the sovereignty of law."  

Authorities find weapons left behind terrorists in Quneitra and Eeir Ezzor

Quneitra – Authorities discovered a weapon and ammunition cache left behind terrorists in al-Shahar area in Jebbat al-Khashab village in the countryside of Quneitra Province, SANA said.

Deir Ezzor – While canvassing liberated villages in Deir Ezzor, the authorities found a cache of weapons and ammo left behind by Daesh (ISIS) terrorists in the town of Baqares Tahtani in the province’s southeastern countryside.

SANA said the weapons and ammo were buried beneath a building that Daesh terrorists had rigged with explosives, and that engineering units dismantled and removed the explosives.

The caches contained 12.7 mm machineguns, mortar rounds of various sizes, 23mm artillery rounds, machinegun rounds, IEDs, and improvised shells.

Moscow: Foreign-Backed Terrorists Preparing to Stage New Chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib

Russia has warned that foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants are preparing for a chemical attack in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib to implicate government troops and invent pretexts for possible foreign acts of aggression on the country.

Speaking during a press briefing in the Russian capital Moscow on Wednesday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, voiced her country’s concern over the unfolding situation in Idlib province, Press TV reported.

She warned that terrorists are seeking to escalate tensions there through organizing new false flag chemical attacks, stressing that the discovery of a field hospital belonging to members of the so-called White Helmets group in Syria’s western-central province of Hama constitutes a solid proof.