Iran Assistant FM meets De Mistura, reiterates support for political solution in Syria

Tehran - Senior Assistant to Iran’s Foreign Minister for Special Political Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari discussed on Sunday with the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura the political solution to the crisis in Syria and the latest relevant developments, SANA reported.

During the meeting, Jaberi Ansari reaffirmed his country’s stance and constructive unwavering support for a swift settlement to the crisis in Syria.

People’s Assembly approves draft law introducing stricter penalties to common law marriages

Damascus - The People’s Assembly approved an amendment to the penal code issued by legislative decree no. 148 in 1949, introducing stricter penalties to concluding marriage contracts outside competent courts, SANA reported.

The amendment was set forth in a draft law approved during the 15th session of the 7th Ordinary Session Chaired by Speaker Hammoudeh Sabbagh on Sunday.

Terrorists set fire to dozens of planted dunams in Quneitra, losses reported

Quneitra - Terrorist groups set fire to dozens of dunams planted with trees and wheat in the area of Kroum al-Hamria and villages of Jabba in the northern countryside of Quneitra.

SANA said that terrorist groups positioned in the forests of Jubatha al-Khashab set fire to dozens of dunums in the area of Kroum al-Hamria to the south of Haddar village planted with fruit trees of apples, cherries and figs, resulting in significant losses for farmers.

The fires are still burning due to the existing of terrorist groups in the area and the wind movement.

SANA added that terrorists also burned the agricultural lands to the south of Jabba village, causing massive destruction to olive trees and wheat crop.

Popular committees thwart terrorist attack on besieged towns of al-Fouaa, Kefraya

Idleb - The Popular Committees, in cooperation with the locals, thwarted an attack launched by Jabhat al-Nusra-linked terrorist groups on Sunday at dawn on terrorist-besieged towns of al-Fouaa and Kefraya in Idleb northern countryside.

Local sources told SANA that the popular committees engaged in fierce clashes with Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists who attempted to infiltrate from directions of the villages of Binnesh, Ram Hamdan and al-Sawaghiyeh on the outskirt of the towns of al-Fouaa and Kefraya.

The sources added that the infiltration attempt was thwarted; a number of terrorists were killed or injured and their weapons and equipment were destroyed, while the rest of terrorists fled away towards the area from which they launched their attack.

Terrorists fire rocket shells at Aleppo city, causing material damage

Aleppo - Terrorist groups fired a number of rocket shells at residential neighborhoods in Aleppo city, causing only material damage.

A source at Aleppo police command told SANA that the terrorist groups positioned in the western countryside fired 6 rocket shells on Saturday night on al-Hamadaniyeh neighborhood. One of the shells landed on Ahmad Taofiq Malek School, causing material damage to some citizens’ houses, the school building and classrooms.

The source added that the terrorist groups targeted with a number of rocket shells al-Nile Street neighborhood, causing material damage to the public and private properties, but no injuries were caused due to the attack.

SANA said that the army units responded with appropriate weapons to the areas form which the shells were fired, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists in personnel and equipment.

Sara: What Syria, Cuba have been exposed to due to refusal to submit to US hegemony

Havana - Information Minister Imad Sara has said that the ongoing terrorist war on Syria is a complex war in which all military, economic, diplomatic and media tools were used.

Addressing the International Conference of Radio and Television in Havana on Saturday, Sara added that what Syria and Cuba have been exposed to is the result of their refusal to submit to the American hegemony, SANA reported.

Warehouse for IEDs, mortar launching pad, mortar shells found in Homs Countryside

Homs - The competent authorities on Saturday found a warehouse for improvised explosive devices, a mortar launching pad and more than a hundred mortar shells leftover by Daesh terrorists in the village of Al-Habiya in Jabal Abu-Rajmeen area, northwest of al-Sukhna in Homs eastern countryside, SANA reported.

The authorities continue to comb the areas cleared by the Syrian Arab of Daesh terrorists in the depth of al-Badyia (the desert) in al-Sukhna area, about 70 km northeast of Palmyra city.