Raqqa residents protest against Turkish threats of military offensive against Syria

Raqqa – Citizens of Raqqa province staged a protest in al-Sabkha town, 30 km southeast of Raqqa city, to condemn the Turkish regime’s threats of military offensive against Syria as well as its direct support to terrorist organizations.

Thousands of people gathered and marched through the town’s streets, raising the Syrian flag and chanting slogans against the Turkish regime, SANA reported.

The participants hailed the sacrifices of the Syrian Arab army and were proud  of its heroic achievements since it is the only guarantor of national unity, safety and security, expressing readiness to sacrifice all for the sake of the homeland.

More locals return through Abu al-Duhour passage to their villages

Idleb – More locals from villages and towns in the countryside of Aleppo, Idleb and Hama provinces on Thursday returned to their hometowns liberated by the Syrian Arab Army from terrorism through Abu al-Dohour passage coming from the areas controlled by the terrorist organizations in Idleb.

SANA said that dozens of civilians who were displaced by the terrorist organizations are turning back to their hometown through Abu al-Dohour passage to the southeast of Idleb Province loading their luggage in private cars or tractors.

SANA clarified that the authorities provided a medical point for the returnees for covering their health and relief needs.

Several returnees pointed out that most of the locals who are in the areas controlled by the terrorists are eager to the moment when they are released from the grip of the terrorists and their criminal acts.

UAE Embassy in Damascus reopens

Damascus – State of United Arab Emirates (UAE) reopened its embassy in Damascus, as the Acting Charge d’affaires started his work at the Embassy HQ today, SANA reported.

In this context, UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement quoted by WAM News Agency that this step represents the keenness of the UAE government on restoring relations between the two brotherly countries to its normal in a way that consolidates and activates the Arab role in supporting the sovereignty and independence of the Syrian Arab Republic and its territorial integrity.

The Ministry expressed UAE’s aspiration for restoring security and stability to all over Syria.

Army targets terrorists’ positions, foils their infiltration attempts in Hama countryside

Hama - Army units operating in Hama northern countryside retaliated to attempts by terrorist groups to infiltrate and attack military posts positioned in the area to protect the safe villages and towns.

SANA said that army units tracked the movements of terrorist organizations in the surroundings of the areas where they are positioned in the northwestern countryside, and conducted concentrated bombardments against positions of terrorists from the so-called “Turkistan Party” in the surroundings of al-Ankawi village in al-Ghab plain.

SANA indicated that a number of terrorists affiliated to “Turkistan Party” were killed in the bombardments and others were injured, most of them are mercenaries who infiltrated from the Turkish territories.

In al-Latamina town, the largest bastion of terrorist organizations in the northern countryside, SANA said that an army unit destroyed positions and launchers of terrorists from the so-called “al-Ezza Brigades”, killing scores of terrorists who tried to infiltrate into the safe areas and the military posts positioned in the surroundings of the town.

Russia: The Israeli attack on Syria is a blatant violation of its sovereignty and UNSC resolutions

Moscow – Russia said that the Israeli attack on Syria is a blatant violation of the country’s sovereignty and the UNSC resolutions, SANA reported.

The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement clarifying that the Israeli attack took place by covering it with civil airplanes heading to Damascus and Beirut airports, expressing Moscow’s worry over the attack and the way it was carried out besides the violation of the international resolutions including Resolution No. 1701.

On Tuesday, the Syrian air defenses confronted hostile missiles launched by the Israeli warplanes from over the Lebanese territories and downed most of them before reaching their targets , affirming that the damages of the aggression were limited to ammunition warehouse and the injury of three soldiers.

Foreign Ministry: The Israeli assault on Syria is blatant violation of UNSC resolutions

Damascus – Syria stressed on Wednesday that the Israeli aggression on its territories is a blatant violation of UNSC Resolution No. 350 for the year 1974 on Separation of Forces Agreement, as this aggression comes in the framework of the constant Israeli attempts to prolong the crisis in Syria and the war of terrorism and to raise the morale of the remnants of terrorists, SANA reported.

In two identical letters sent to the UN Secretary General and Head of the Security Council, Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that authorities of the Israeli occupation launched on 25th of December, 2018 a new assault on territories of the Syrian Arab Republic in a flagrant violation of UNSC Resolution NO. 350 through targeting several military and civil positions in Damascus and its countryside with missiles, adding that the assault coincided with a time when streets were crowded with civilians celebrating Christmas for the first time after Damascus and its countryside were cleaned of terrorism.

A new batch of displaced Syrians return from refugee camps in Jordan via Nassib border crossing

Daraa – Tens of displaced Syrians in refugee camps in Jordan returned via Jaber-Nassib border crossing within efforts exerted by the government to make those who were displaced due to terrorism come back to the homeland.

SANA from Nassib border crossing said that tens of people including children and women came back home from refugee camps in Jordan through the border crossing, adding that they are to be transported to their hometowns liberated by the Syrian Arab Army from terrorism.

SANA clarified that authorities sent several buses to transport the returnees to their hometowns after finishing the entry procedures and providing medical services to those in need for them.

Authorities have secured the infrastructure and the basic services to the liberated towns so that the returnees could conduct their normal activities.