Army kills scores of ISIS terrorists in Homs

Homs - An army unit clashed with ISIS terrorist groups that attacked a number of military posts in the southeast of Sharifa in the T4 area to the east of Homs city.

The attack was thwarted by the army and most of the terrorists were killed or injured while the rest of them fled away. The terrorists’ weaponry and vehicles were destroyed, SANA reported.

500 tons of humanitarian aid cargo sent by Kazakhstan to Syrian people


Tartous - A ship loaded with 500 tons of food aid provided by the government and people of the Republic of Kazakhstan arrived in Tartous port on Friday.

Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Jordan Azmat Berdibay said that the ship includes 500 tons of flour, canned meat, rice, pasta and tea, adding that the humanitarian aid was delivered to the port of Tartus with assistance from Russian Defense Ministry and will be distributed later in order to alleviate the suffering of Syrian citizens due to the current crisis, SANA reported.

Catholicos Aram I heads a mass in the occasion of Christmas in Aleppo

Aleppo - Armenian Orthodox denomination in Aleppo celebrated Christmas on Friday by holding a divine mass headed by Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church, His Holiness Aram I Keshishian at the Virgin Mary church in Aleppo city.

Delivering the Christmas sermon, Aram I Keshishian pledged to God to preserve Syria and grant it more strength, hoping that security and peace will prevail in the whole world.

He pointed out that the terrorist war against Syria failed to achieve its goals in targeting the unity of Syrian people, affirming that Syria will return better and stronger than before, SANA reported.

Boroujerdi: All forces that entered Syria without its government’s consent must leave immediately

Damascus – Chairman of the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security at the Iranian Shura Council Alaeddin Boroujerdi reiterated his country’s support for Syria and the Axis of Resistance in the face of terrorism, stressing that all terrorists must be expelled from Syria.

Speaking at a press conference in Damascus on Thursday, Boroujerdi, who is on a visit to Syria heading a delegation, said “Our delegation is here to reaffirm once again Iran’s support for Syria and the Axis of Resistance in confronting Syria’s enemies who have waged an unfair war against this country for years now.”

He noted that Syria is on the frontline of confronting the Zionist entity, SANA reported.

“We strongly support the independence and territorial integrity of Syria, and therefore we condemn any entry of foreign forces into the Syrian territory without the consent of the Syrian government as it contradicts the international laws,” said Boroujerdi.

Foreign Ministry: Cutting off water main supply by terrorists is a war crime

Damascus - Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said on Thursday that cutting off water supply in Damascus is a war crime and a crime against humanity which comes in a series of violations of the international law and a series of criminal acts perpetrated by armed terrorist groups in the Syrian main cities, particularly in Damascus and Aleppo.

“Jabhat al-Nusra and its affiliated criminal gangs cut off water supply in Wadi Barada and al-Fijah spring in Damascus countryside on December 24th, 2016 through detonating the main water supply pump which feeds Damascus, yet, they also polluted the water with diesel , depriving Damascus city from nearly 80% of water resources and causing a big suffering for millions of residents in Damascus city,” the Foreign Ministry said in two letters sent to UN Secretary General and President of Security Council.

French delegation arrives in Damascus.. Liberation of Aleppo proves Syria’s victory over terrorism

Damascus – Head of a French delegation, who arrived in Syria Thursday, Thierry Mariani said that the liberation of Aleppo provides an evidence on the Syrian army’s victory over terrorism, stressing the need to launch dialogue among all Syrian sides.

In a press statement upon the delegation’s arrival to Jdeidet Yabous crossing point on the Syrian-Lebanese borders, Mariani underlined the importance of achieving peace in Syria and conveying the reality of what is taking place on the ground as well as the victories of the Syrian army in Aleppo to the public opinion, SANA reported.

For his part, Nicolas Dhuicq said that this is his third visit to Syria, expressing pleasure and happiness over the victories achieved  across the country.

Mikdad: We hope Astana talks lead to ending terrorism in Syria

Damascus – Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad met on Thursday the visiting Kazakhastan delegation that included Ambassador Azmat Berdibay and Kazakhstan’s Consul in Syria.

Discussions during the meeting focused on the standing bilateral relations between both countries and means to enhance them and boost cooperation and coordination at the international level, especially that Kazakhstan has now become a nonpermanent member of the Security Council for the next two years, SANA reported.

Mikdad used the opportunity of the meeting to express thanks to Kazakhstan for the humanitarian aid it has provided, which is scheduled to arrive at Tartous Port today.