3000 Tonnes of Stolen Wheat Found in ISIS Hideouts in Hama Countryside

HAMA, (ST)- A Syrian Arab Army unit in cooperation with popular Defense groups in Hama eastern countryside found 3000 tonnes of stolen wheat in one of the hideouts of ISIS terrorist organization in al-Qastal village.

Hama Governor, Mohammad al-Hazouri told SANA reporter that "the wheat was found in three sites, each contained at least 1000 tonnes, and it was placed within cells under the ground. He added that necessary vehicles and equipments were ensured to get the wheat out.  

Syrian Arab Republic Delegation to Astana 7 Meeting Holds Consultations with Russian, Iranian Delegations

ASTANA–  The seventh  round of talks on Syria in Astana has kicked off with the participation of the Syrian Arab Republic delegation headed by Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari.

According to SANA, the Syrian Arab Republic delegation has started a  meeting with the Russian delegation headed by the Russian president special envoy to Syria Alexander Lavrentiev.

Earlier, the Republic’s delegation held a meeting with the Iranian delegation headed by Iranian Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari.

De-Escalation Zones, Humanitarian Issues to Be Discussed at Syria Talks in Astana

ASTANA- The seventh round of negotiations on Syria kicks off in Astana on Monday, the de-escalation zones and humanitarian issues will top the agenda, Itar Tass said in a report on Monday.

Bilateral and trilateral expert consultations will be held on Monday, while a plenary meeting is scheduled for October 31. The Russian delegation at the talks is led by Presidential Envoy for the Syrian Settlement Alexander Lavrentyev, Iranian - by Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Ansari and the Turkish - by Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Sedat Onal.

The Syrian government is represented by Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar Jaafari.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, US Acting Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield and the Jordanian delegation are taking part in the meeting as observers.

Armed Groups Block UN Humanitarian Aid Convoy Bound to Locals in Damascus Countryside Towns

DAMASCUS COUNTRYSIDE, (ST)- Armed groups operating in eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside have blocked humanitarian aid convoy bound to the locals in the towns of Yelda, Babbila and Beit Sahm in the southern countryside of Damascus.

The armed groups' behavior aims at tightening their siege on civilians they are taking as human shields.

According to local and media sources, on October 26th, armed groups intercepted humanitarian aid shipments bound to the  people in the towns of Yelda, Babbila and Beit Sahm near Damascus and didn't allow the convoy to pass, demanding  5000 food parcels as a ransom.

"Jabhat al-Nusra" Terrorists Possess Depots Containing Toxic Materials in Idleb: Sources

IDLEB, (ST)- Local sources in the Syrian province of Idleb have confirmed the existence of toxic weapons in several depots that belong to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization, particularly in Ghazleh and Ma'aret Misrin towns, nine kilometers north of Idlib city.

In a statement to SANA, the sources said Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda arm in Syria, have several depots that contain toxic materials in Idleb province, pointing out that this takfiri organization "hides shells filled with poisonous materials in the towns of Ghazleh and Ma'aret Misrin.  

 According to the sources, some of the toxic substances have been made locally, while other chemical materials were manufactured abroad, specifically in the US.

European Delegation Visits Maaloula in Damascus Countryside

DAMASCUS COUNTRYSIDE– A delegation consisting of peace activists from several European countries visited the town of Maaloula in Damascus Countryside on Sunday.

Irish activist Neil Farrell, who is one of the delegation’s members, told SANA’s correspondent that what Syria is facing is terrorism created by imperialism, and that his visit seeks to express support for the Syrian people.

According to SANA, Farrell said that he opposes the Irish people who participated in the economic sanctions against the Syrian people, and that after this visit, the delegation will organize a campaign for spreading awareness about the effect of these sanctions on the Syrians, in addition to relaying the truth about the events in Syria to Europe and the world, adding that many Europeans still believe the misdirection carried out by Western media regarding what is happening in Syria.

Army regains control over new neighborhoods in Deir Ezzor

Deir Ezzor/ Hama - Army units, in cooperation with the supporting forces, regained control over al-Orfi and al-Ummal neighborhoods in Deir Ezzor city after eliminating the last ISIS gatherings in them, a military source said.

The source added that army’s engineering units combed the two neighborhoods, dismantling landmines and IEDs planted by the terrorists earlier.

In Hama province, SANA said that army units carried out intensive operations against Jabhat al-Nusra gatherings and fortifications in surroundings of the villages of Khirbet Jwei’ed, Tum al-Hawa and Abu Laffeh in the province northeastern countryside, killing more than 30 terrorists and destroying a number of vehicles, some equipped with heavy machineguns.

SANA added that a number of Jabhat al-Nusra self-claimed leaders, among them Anas abu Malek, Abu Abdullah Taftanaz and Nour al-Shami, were identified among the killed terrorists.