Breaking News

"Peacemakers" Marathon in Homs western countryside

Homs, (ST)- More than a thousand young men and women from different villages and areas of Wadi Al-Nadarah region participated in the "Peacemakers" Marathon which kicked off yesterday on the side line of  "Al-Qal'a wa Al-Wadi Festival", the Citadel and Valley Festival.

Manar Nakrour, Head of the Junior Chamber International, JCI at Wadi Al-Nadarah, which organized the marathon, stressed that the objective of the Marathon was charitable  pointing out that the valley was chosen for hosting this activity thanks to its large areas, fresh air and charming nature stressing that the revenue of this activity will go to support the project of Maryam in St. Peter's Monastery of Charity.

Millions of Syrians in Idleb want their government to rid them of terrorism: al-Jaafari

NUR-SULTAN, (ST)- Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Bashar al-Jaafari has stressed that millions of Syrians in Idleb want their government to rid them of terrorism, warning against the increase of the number of terrorists in Idleb mainly foreign ones.

In a press conference on Friday after the conclusion of the 13th round of Astana talks on crisis in Syria, al-Jaafari criticized the Turkish regime for not complying with its obligations under the final statements of the previous rounds of Astana talks in the Kazakh capital as well as the the Sochi agreement. He pointed out that Syria won't wait indefinitely until Ankara complied with its obligations.

Commitment to Syria's Independence, Sovereignty, Territorial Integrity Reaffirmed in Astana Meeting

NUR-SULTAN, (ST)- Guarantor states of Astana process on settlement in Syria (Russia, Iran and Turkey) have reaffirmed their commitment to Syria's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. They have also stressed the need for continuous cooperation to completely eliminate terrorist organizations in Syria, reiterating their rejection of any separatist agendas in the country.

In their final statement at the end of Astana talks, held in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan on August 1st and 2nd, the guarantors underscored that "political settlement based on UN resolutions, mainly Resolution No. 2254, as well as the results of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi, is the only way to end the crisis in Syria".

Terrorist groups violate ceasefire agreement reached yesterday in Idleb

LATTAKIA,(ST)_Just few hours after the ceasefire agreement went into effect in the de-escalation zone in Idleb, the armed terrorist groups fired today [Friday] at 7:00 am five rockets from Sh' hashbo mountain -located near Turkish observation No.10 - at Bshalma town in the south-eastern side of Qerdaha town in Lattakia. 

The rocket attack killed one person and wounded 3 others and caused material damage to civilians' properties, according to the Syrian News Agency (SANA).
Basma Qaddour

Results of First Day of 13th Round of Astana Talks on Syria Positive: Lavrentyev

NUR-SULTAN- Russia's Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev said on Thursday that the results of the first day of the 13th round of Astana talks on settlement in Syria were positive in general, because the talks focused on the situation in the de-escalation zone in Idleb and on the need to continue the fight and uproot terrorist organizations, the Syrian news Agency SANA reported.

 Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the Astana talks in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan, Lavrentyev said that "the terrorist organizations in Idleb continue to take hundreds of thousands of civilians as hostages and keep carrying out provocations against the Syrian army and attacking civilians, something that should not be allowed to continue".

A conditional ceasefire agreement reached in Idleb

Military source was quoted on the Syrian Alikhbaria TV channel as saying: A ceasefire agreement has been reached in the de-escalation zone in Idleb as of the night of today provided that the Sochi agreement is implemented on terrorist groups' withdrawal to around 20 km from the de escalation zone and that they pull out their heavy and medium artillery out .

 Basma Qaddour

Che Guevara in Damascus…

ST_The Damascus History Foundation organized yesterday a Damascene evening in a rare visual show of Damascus between 1918 and 1970 at Damascus National Museum. Attending was Dr Bashar Al Jaafari along with a cluster of politicians, artists, diplomats and those interested in the city's history.

 "To anyone who longs for Damascus the civilization and beauty, we present this documentary archive, which will send us back to ancient Damascus, through a collection of documentaries, the oldest going back to the end of the First World War. Maintaining the visual and written archives of Damascus has always been our foundation goals since the sixties,” said Dr. Sami Moubayed, Damascus History Foundation chairman who initiated the spectacle.