Syria affirms that it never has and never will use toxic gases against its people

Geneva – Syria affirmed that it never used and will never use toxic gases against its people because it does not possess them in the first place and it considers the use of such gases a moral crime that must be condemned.

The affirmation came in a letter sent by Syria’s Permanent Representative at the Office of the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Hussam Ala, to the President of Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in response to the allegations made by a committee affiliated to the Human Rights Council claiming that the Syrian state used toxic gases in Khan Sheikoun and other places, SANA reported.

The Representative reiterated in the letter that the International Commission of Inquiry’s report and the void political accusations included in it are groundless, because since its inception, the Commission has been issuing reports and statements based on political accysations, not legal analysis, and its members kept making media statements that are far from being neutral or professional.

US-led coalition kills 11 civilians in Raqqa

Raqqa - Eleven civilians, including three children, were martyred in a new massacre committed by the aircrafts of the US-led coalition on a school in Raqqa city on Friday.

Civil and media sources said that the aircrafts of the US-led coalition targeted a school in al-Nahda neighborhood in Raqqa city where a number of families were living to escape from ISIS terrorism and the coalition’s bombing, claiming the lives of 11 civilians, among them a family of five, including three children, in addition to the injuring of many others, SANA reported.

The sources suggested that the number of killed persons would rise due to the critical situation of a number of the wounded, noting that the raid also caused massive material damage to the school and neighboring houses where people are working to remove the rubble and search for survivors.

Lavrov and al-Moallem to meet on sidelines of UN General Assembly session

Moscow – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem will meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session which will be held this month in New York, according to Russian President’s special representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

Bogdanov said that meetings of this kind in such cases will be held on the sidelines of the work of the Assembly, which are traditional meetings and Russian and Syrian foreign ministers will certainly meet, SANA reported.

He added that Moscow hopes that the upcoming round of intra-Syrian dialogue in Geneva will witness a “direct dialogue” between the delegation of Syrian Arab Republic and the “opposition delegation”, asserting that there is a “chance” to that to happen and that the things are going “in the right direction”.

Moscow renews call for holding unbiased probe into chemical weapons use in Khan Sheikhoun

 

Moscow – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stressed “the need to hold a highly professional, unbiased and de-politicized investigation” into the use of chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun in Idleb on April 2017 and Maartet Um al-Housh village in Aleppo countryside on September 2016.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Ryabkov met with Head of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) in Syria Edmond Mulet in Moscow on Thursday, stressing “the need to hold a highly professional, unbiased and de-politicized investigation into this episode and other” cases of Poisonous material use in Syria, SANA reported.

Russian Defense Ministry: 40 ISIS terrorists, including four leaders, killed in Deir Ezzor

Moscow – Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday that Russia’s Aerospace Forces killed 40 ISIS terrorists, including four influential leaders, in an airstrike in the surroundings of Deir Ezzor, SANA reported.

“Two Su-34 and Su-35 aircraft of Russia’s Aerospace Forces were scrambled from the Hmeymim air base, which made a pinpoint strike with bunker busting bombs. The air strike destroyed an underground terrorist command post, a communications center and about 40 militants of Daesh,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

The statement added that the terrorist leaders Abu Muhammad al-Shimali who was responsible for finance of ISIS terrorist organization and ISIS war minister Gulmurod Khalimov were identified among the dead, along with two other leaders.

Syria Urges UNSC to Take Decisive Measures to Halt Occupation's Repeated Acts of Aggression on the Country

DAMASCUS –Syria demanded UN Security Council to condemn the Israeli repeated acts of aggression on the country and take an immediate decisive measure to halt them in accordance with its resolutions related to combating terrorism, warning of the catastrophic consequences of such attacks which complement the ISIS crimes and practices to escalate the situation and fuel the region and the world, SANA reported.

” At 02:42 a.m. on Thursday September, 7th, 2017 , the Israeli warplanes targeted one of the Syrian military positions near Misyaf in Hama province with several missiles, killing two army personnel and causing material damage to the site,” Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said in two letters addressed to UN Secretary General the Chairman of the UN Security Council.

Ministry of Education to Send 500.000 School Books, 10. 000 bags to Deir Ezzor City

Ministry of Education has prepared  500.000 school books and 10.000 school bags with copybooks and pens to send them to Deir Ezzor city to meet the requirements of the education process there particularly after the Syrian army has liberated it from ISIS terrorists.

This is what Minister of Education Hazwan al-Wez said, according to the Damascus-based al-Watan newspaper.

The paper quoted the minister as saying that 1373 schools  have been repaired in all provinces and other 104 schools are under repair.