Syria 's Future is Made by Loyal Syrians – al-Halqi

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Prime Minister Dr. Wael al-Halqi stressed that the positive indicators reached in  previous meetings of the Ministerial Committee with various components of the Syrian society is the result of the Syrian people's faith that the only option to get out of the crisis , successfully is through  dialogue in order to start  the process of  re-building  Syria  and in rejecting any foreign interference in Syria 's  internal affairs .

This was expressed during the  meeting of the ministerial committee in charge of monitoring the implementation of the political program to resolve the crisis in Syria with a delegation representing the founding members of " al-Waed"  trend "under license" , on Thursday.

He reviewed  procedures and meetings carried out by the Ministerial Committee with all political parties to develop visions and common denominators that provide the appropriate atmosphere for the success of the national dialogue, noting judicial and security guarantees taken to ensure safe return of the opposition forces , wishing  to participate in the  dialogue and the political process .

He underlined the  role of the emerging political parties and national trends in the activation and enriching  the  Syrian political , social and cultural movement  in promoting the culture of dialogue and maintaining  the Syrian social fabric and strengthen their steadfastness, pointing out that the future of the new Syria is only made by loyal Syrians.

For their part, members of the emerging party  expressed support for the political program to resolve the political crisis and the  desire to contribute to the success of the national dialogue conference in cooperation with the Ministerial Committee.

They stressed that providing national dialogue a success can be attained through  building  a new Syrian civil state where all Syrians are equal before the law , with a civil law regulating the affairs of the Syrians in all areas of life , a free economic system  that ensures equal  opportunities and social solidarity   between all  Syrians , and  a key role by the Syrian  state in drawing  and implementing economic and social policies.

They stressed  the importance of dialogue with the ministerial committee for the convergence of views on debated topics and confirmed  approval the principles on the ground of which the political  program to resolve the crisis in Syria was launched.


T. Fateh

Al-Zou'bi: Syrian state manages affairs everyplace

MOSCOW,(ST)_Information Minister has underscored that the EU decision related to import stolen oil from 'armed opposition' in Syria is a breach of the UN charter and international law.

Omran al-Zou'bi clarified, in an interview with the RT, that all types of wealth are part of national wealth.

He added that the Syrian state exists everyplace in Daraa province, south the country, and even on the Syrian-Turkish border.

"The existence is not necessary is a military form or local council. The Syrian state manages affairs in different ways. Citizens. Who are living in areas where armed terrorist groups do exist, receive their salaries and supplies," the ministry said.

As for opposition, al-Zou'bi stressed that the Syrian opposition has no political program at all.


"The term 'armed opposition'  has no reference. There is either 'opposition' or 'armed terrorist groups'. Opposition is a peaceful and political principle; however, armed and terrorist groups, as a term, is a security and military principle," the minister said.

He cited that the armed terrorist groups in Syria attack military posts, rural villages, and some residential areas in which no security or military post do exist.


Commenting on the Israeli newspapers' reports about the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons in fighting 'armed opposition', al-Zou'bi said the Israeli newspapers have zero credibility.

"The Syrian government and its armed forces have not used and will never use chemical weapons if they exists in Syria… Here, we do not only talk about chemical weapon only, but also about any weapon of destruction,"  the minister added.

He pointed out that Syria is one of the few countries in the region, which have neither weapon of mass destruction nor chemical and nuclear weapons.

Investigation mission

"The armed terrorist groups used chemical weapon in Khan al-Assal area in Aleppo province… Syria has cooperated with the UN to send a team of expert into Syria to investigate the incident," al-Zou'bi added.

He confirmed that the UN and its Secretary General hindered the mission as they want to expand the UN probe." They want the mission to be in style of  the inspection committee in Iraq that led to its destruction on one hand, and help armed terrorist groups to get away with the crime through neglecting the matter on the other."


Armed forces foil terrorist's bid to infiltrate from Jordan

PROVINCES,(ST)_ Fighting is reportedly continued in several sites across Syria between armed forces and terrorist groups to restore stability and security to the country.

In South, units of armed forces repelled two armed terrorist group's bid to sneak from Jordan into Syria through Tal Shehab town and al-Mata'ayeh town in Daraa countryside.

"One of the terrorist groups tried to enter Syrian territories using 10 machinegun-equipped cars packed with ammunitions and weapons, but the armed forces confronted it and killed many of them," SANA reported.

It added that 9 terrorists have been killed and 13 others injured inside a hideout in a-Naema town in the same province.

"The injured have been transferred by the terrorists to field hospitals near the Syrian-Jordanian border to be treated," an official source said.

Meanwhile, other units of armed forces shelled a terrorists' hideout in Barze district and eliminated 5 terrorists in clashes broke out in Jobar district in Damascus countryside.

In the eastern part of the country, a fighting flared up between a unit of armed forces and armed terrorist group in al-Jbeleh alley in Der Ezzour province ended in killing several terrorists and injuring others.

However, the fiercest fighting raged in Homs countryside where a tunnel and factory for producing explosive devices were destroyed in qualitative operations carried out by the armed forces.

As many as 13 explosive devices, which were planted on Palmyra-Homs road, were dismantled.

Competent authorities discovered several bodies of martyrs killed by armed terrorist groups in al-Qsir countryside.

Elsewhere, units of armed forces destroyed many terrorist groupings in 19 sites in Idleb countryside. While locals of al-Yosofeya town in Hasaka province confronted terrorists from al-NusraFront .

At least 6 terrorists were killed in the confrontation and their weapons were confiscated. 

Syria is in a state of war and its army is doing its duty as regard defending homeland and citizens, and fighting terrorist groups to cleanse the country from terrorists.

The terrorist groups, who perpetrate heinous crimes against citizens and destroy the country's infrastructure, are funded and supported by Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France, and the US.


President al-Assad Issues Decree on Amending Teachers' Syndicate Law

DAMASCUS, (ST)-President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday issued legislative decree No.24 for 2013 on amending  the Teachers' Syndicate Law.

The fresh decree's provides for  regulating the  syndicate's work with the aim of  unifying the teachers' struggle for achieving  social justice and equality as well as developing the educational and learning process  as a productive job to link the school and university with society.


Al-Jaafari: Saudi Arabia, Qatar Disseminate Wahhabi Terrorism

NEW YORK, (ST) -A Western-regional alliance comprising Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Israel and some Western countries plans to replace the Arab-Israeli conflict with an-Islamic-Islamic conflict so as to give up the Palestinian cause, stressed Syria's Permanent Representative at the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari.

In a statement he made yesterday at a Security Council session dedicated to discuss the Middle East situation, al-Jaafari referred to the blatant Israeli violations of UN resolutions relating to the Israeli occupation of the Arab territories.

"Israel has for a long time been occupying Arab lands in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon, yet no one in the international community has moved to end this occupation," Al-Jaafari said.

He pointed out that Israel has been committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, pressing ahead with expanding its settlement building plans and giving no heed to all the UN resolutions regarding its occupation of Arab territories, but not a single practical international procedure was taken to punish or hold Israel accountable for these crimes.

Al-Jaafari went on to say that Israel has arrested more than 800 thousand Palestinians since 1967,including 9 thousand kids, but no serious international call to release those prisoners was made.  It has also introduced nuclear weapon to the Middle East and blocked establishing a nuclear weapon-free zone in the region, yet no international pressure was put on Israel to give up its dangerous and threatening nuclear program and join the Nuclear No-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

He affirmed that some influential countries at the UN Security Council are trying to hide these facts or divert the world attention from the Israeli crimes.

"But how can we answer those who ask about the UN political, economic and even humanitarian failure to shoulder its responsibility as regards ending the Israeli occupation of the Arab lands?" Syria's UN Permanent Representative wondered, stressing that all have the right to know whether this failure is intentional or it is the result of UN disability and subordination or maybe the result of some countries' collusion.

"If this is not the case, so what are the United Nations and member countries waiting for. Isn't the 65 years old unprecedented Palestinian tragedy enough to awaken the international organization's conscience so as to adopt serious procedures that ease the Palestinian people's suffering and help them restore their legitimate rights?" Al-Jaafari asked.

He wondered what the United Nations would say to the Syrian citizens who have been under the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan for more than 45 years because the UN failed to take tangible procedures against Israel to force it to implement related UN resolutions particularly resolution No. 497.

"How can we answer those who ask about the absence of international efforts to halt Israeli settlement building activities in the occupied Syrian Golan and to put an end to Israel's discrimination and racist policies against the people there," he also asked.

Al-Jaafari said that the Israeli occupation authorities provide logistic assistance to the armed terrorist groups in the disengagement zone in Golan, through admitting injured terrorists to the Israeli hospitals to betreated and then to be sent to the Syrian lands.

"By assisting the terrorists, Israel is not only violating international laws, but also exposes the lives of UN Truce Supervision Organization and the UN Disengagement Observer Force members to danger," al-Jaafari said, referring to the incident of kidnapping 21 peacekeeping members by terrorists last March.

Al-Jaafari added that some countries are supporting, sheltering and arming terrorists, encouraging extremism in Syria and trying to foil every peaceful solution to the crisis in the country. He stressed that there is an unannounced alliance comprising Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Israel and some Western countries, including UNSC members, that aims at replacing the Arab-Israeli conflict with an Islamic-Islamic conflict in order to give up the Palestinian cause and undermine the two-state solution.

"Saudi Arabia and Qatar had disseminated the takfiri, Salafi and Wahhabi terrorism and had distorted Islam's tolerance. These policies claim the lives of tens of thousands of young Moslems in the world through implicating them in terrorism, arming, training and funding them under the pretext of what is called "jihad" in Syria and in other parts of the world," al-Jaafari concluded.

H. Mustafa

Dozens of terrorists eliminated in Aleppo

PROVINCES,(ST)_Units of armed forces continue inflicting heavy losses upon terrorists in several sites in countryside of Damascus, Homs, Idleb and Aleppo.

The armed forces imposed full control over al-Etaiba area in the Eastern Gouta of Damascus countryside, the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen TV Chanel reporter stressed.

In the same province, a military source told SANA that dozens of terrorists were killed today when they tried to attack a military post in Harasta district.

Other terrorists were reportedly eliminated in several alleys in Homs countryside and Idleb province during qualitative operations carried out by units of armed forces.

Meanwhile, terrorist groupings and hideouts were shelled in Aleppo province. Dozens of terrorists were killed, according to SANA.

Terrorist attack on Holy shrine

The same province saw a terrorist attack targeted a Holy shrine when al-Nusra Front-linked terrorists exploded one of the Great Omayyad Mosque's minarets in Aleppo.

According to an official source, the terrorists booby-trapped the minarets before exploding it.

Last February, gunmen blasted the south wall of the Omayyad Mosque in Aleppo causing serious damages in it.

The mosque also was looted and its furniture was burnt by an armed terrorist group in November.

Few days ago, al-Nusra Front terrorists in Daraa province, south the country, blasted minaret of al-Omary Mosque, which is one of the oldest mosques in Islamic world.

 Syria is in a state of war and its army is doing its duty as regard defending homeland and citizens, and fighting al-Qaeeda affiliated terrorist groups to restore stability and security across the country.

The terrorist groups, who perpetrate heinous crimes against citizens and destroy the country's infrastructure, are funded and supported by Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France, and the US.


9 citizens martyred, 29 wounded by 3 terrorist attacks

PROVINCES,(ST)_At least 9 citizens have been martyred and 29 others wounded in three terrorist attacks targeted countryside of Damascus and Lattakia.

A source at Police Leadership told SANA that a mortar shell landed today (Tuesday) near schools in Jaramana district in Damascus countryside causing martyrdom of 7 citizens and wounding other 25 ones, including a child.

It added that the terrorists fired another shell landed before Municipality building in the same district leaving serious damages at the scene.

Meanwhile, a citizen has been martyred and 4 others wounded by a rocket landed on a house in Slenfe town in Lattakia countryside.

An official source at the province said the rocket was launched by terrorists from north area in Lattakia countryside and caused casualties plus serious damages at the scene.

However, the third terrorist attack targeted Director of Training and Rehabilitation in Electricity Ministry in Baramke area in Damascus.

Eng. Mohammad Abdulwahab was martyred when an explosive device, which was attached to his car, blasted.