Russian Ambassador says Syria can contain coronavirus challenge thanks to effective precautionary measures

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Russian Ambassador in Damascus Alexander Efimov has stressed that unlike other countries, Syria can contain coronavirus despite nine years of destructive foreign-backed terror war on the country.

In a statement to “al-Watan Online” Efimov said that the virus hasn’t spread widely in Syria yet as there is only one confirmed coronavirus case thanks to the effective precautionary measures adopted by the Syrian government, a fact that was affirmed by the World Health Organization.

“We believe that Syria, unlike other countries, is able to contain the challenge by itself despite nine years of war. This means that the Syrian health system is working well and the government’s anti-virus measures are being implemented,” the Russian diplomat said.

American occupation forces enter logistical equipment and materials to Khrab Al-Jeer Airport in northern Hasaka countryside

The American occupation forces sent today a new convoy loaded with logistical equipment and military armoured vehicles which came from northern Iraq to one of its illegal bases in Hasaka countryside through the illegal Al-Walid crossing, as a renewed violation of international laws.

Civil sources from the region reported SANA correspondent said that the American occupation forces had moved a convoy of 30 vehicles of tanks and large transport trucks loaded with logistical equipment and materials to the Kharb al-Jeer military airport in al-Malikiyah area in the northern Hasaka countryside through the illegal al-Walid crossing.

The special authorities seize weapons, ammunition and narcotic substances in southern Syria and Damascus countryside

During their patrolling of the liberated areas, the special authorities found large quantities of various weapons and ammunition from the remnants of terrorists in addition to smuggled narcotics in the countryside of Damascus and the southern region.

A source told SANA reporter that during the close security follow-up and in cooperation with the people of the city of Douma, the special authorities were informed about the presence of weapons and ammunition hidden in Douma farms in the area of Karm Rasas near the international highway Damascus Homs. During their  patrolling of the region, the authorities found a 2-meter deep hole in which machine guns and 5 assorted bomb boxes were hidden.

For the third consecutive day, the Turkish occupation cut off potable water from the city of Hasaka

For the third consecutive day, the Turkish occupation army and its terrorist mercenaries have continued to cut off potable water from the city of al-Hasakah and its population centers .International organizations have denounced these criminal practices in light of the measures taken to face the Coronavirus, which require sufficient quantities of water.

On March 24, Director of Al-Hasakah Water Company Eng. Mahmoud Al-Ikula said that the Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries continue with its violations and have cut off the water to the city of al-Hasakah, which threaten the lives of about 600,000 people in the areas that depend on the Alouk wells project as the only source of drinking water.

Syrian-Russian deal to restore Palmyra's Arch of Triumph postponed due to coronavirus

Syria and Russia have postponed signing an agreement on restoring the Arch of Triumph in the historical city of Palmyra because of the precautionary measures adopted by the Syrian government to confront the coronavirus pandemic, according to General Director of Antiquities and Museums (GDAM), Dr. Mahmoud Hammoud.

The first coronavirus case was confirmed in Syria two days ago.

Dr. Hammoud told SANA on Monday that the agreement was scheduled to be signed by a Russian delegation comprising members of the State Duma and a Syrian delegation representing the GDAM. It provides for starting the restoration of the arch of Triumph by Russian specialists and experts. According to the agreement, after the Arch of Triumph, restoration work will be carried out in other archeological monuments that were damaged or destroyed by Daesh terrorist organization between 2015 and 2016.

A new date for the meeting has not been determined, Dr. Hammoud said, pointing out that as soon as the situation in Syria improves, the agreement will be signed.

Rawaa Ghanam

China grants Syria a virus test kit for diagnosing 2000 cases

The Chinese ambassador to Syria Feng Biao tweeted on Sunday that the Chinese government has decided to grant Syria a virus test kit for diagnosing 2000 cases per day. He stressed that the grant is the first part of the Chinese medical assistance to the Syrian people.

Yesterday, the Syrian Health Ministry confirmed the first Coronavirus case in Syria. It was a 20-year old girl who had arrived from abroad.

Biao stressed that his country will always be a strong supporter for the Syrian people and will back the Syrian government's efforts to combat coronavirus.

The Chinese aid came as the United States and some western countries are still imposing unfair sanctions that prevent the Syrian government from obtaining sophisticated medicine and medical equipment necessary to confront a possible spread of coronavirus in Syria.

Syrian residents and soldiers block US convoy from entering a village in north Syria

HASAKA, (ST)_ Hamo Village' s residents and Syrian army soldiers intercepted U.S. convoy and prevented it from entering the village . 
The convoy is composed of 11 vehicles belonging to U.S. occupation forces.

Hamo village is located in Qameshli countryside.