Al-Maollem Due to Start Visit to China on June 16th

BEIJING, (ST)- The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday that Syria's Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Moallem will start an official visit to China on June 16th.

Syrian Air Defenses Confront New Israeli Aggression Targeting Tal al-Harrah in Daraa, Down Several Missiles

DAMASCUS, (ST)- The Syrian air defenses in the early hours of Wednesday confronted a new Israeli aggression that targeted Tal al Harrah Area of Daraa in Syria's Southern region and shot down a number of the enemy missiles, according to the Syrian TV reporter.

The Israeli aggression caused only material damage, the reporter said, adding that after the aggression the enemy started an electronic war by trying to jam the radars, SANA said, citing the TV reporter.

Lavrov: Moscow, Damascus to Hand Crushing Response to Terrorists in Idlib

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow and Damascus will give a “crushing” response to militants launching attacks in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, the last major stronghold of foreign-backed terrorists in the country, according to Press TV.

Lavrov said at a news conference on Monday that “terrorists systematically stage provocations and attack the positions of the Syrian army and communities and also the Russian airbase Hmeimim with multiple rocket systems and drones.”

"Neither the Syrian army nor Russia will leave such outrages without crushing retaliation,” Lavrov said.

Syria Wins Three Silver, Two Bronze Medals in Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Syria has won three silver and two bronze medals in addition to four certificates of appreciation in the Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO) competitions organized online by Mexico on April 27th with the participation of 43 countries.

The Distinction and Creativity Agency said in a statement of which SANA got a copy, that the silver medals went to students Elie Ishou', Ahmad Khamis and Abdul Karim al-Sayyed Ramadan, while the bronze went to Mohammad al-Hafi and Anas al-Qudsi.

Four other students got certificates of appreciation, added the agency.

The army shoots down a drone, eliminates terrorists in Hama, Idleb countryside

Hama - Units of the Syrian army shot down a drone loaded with bombs for the terrorist organizations and eliminated members of a terrorist group in Hama and Idleb countryside in response to their attacks on safe areas.

SANA said the army shot down a drone loaded with bombs for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the surroundings of Tal Malah village north of Mhardah in Hama northern countryside before reaching the houses of citizens.

SANA added that other army units targeted terrorists’ supply routes in the outskirts of Kfar Zeita town in the northern countryside.

In Idleb southern countryside, the army monitored movements of terrorist groups in the surroundings of Ma’arat al-Numan city and Heish town, eliminating members of a terrorist group.

Russia Calls for Lifting Western Sanctions Imposed on Syria, Ending Illegal Presence of Foreign Troops in the Country

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Russian Ambassador in Damascus Alexander Efimov has called for lifting the unilateral coercive economic measures imposed by the West on Syria and for immediately ending the illegitimate presence of foreign troops, mainly the American occupying forces, in the Syrian territories.

 During a reception held on Monday by the Russian Embassy at the Dama Rose Hotel in Damascus marking Russia's National Day, Efimov said "Russia never abandons its friends," hailing Moscow's key role in the fight against terrorism in Syria.

Terrorist Rocket Attacks Cause Fire to Erupt in Agricultural Fields of Khattab Town in Hama Countryside

HAMA, (ST)- Fires have erupted in the agricultural fields in the vicinity of the town of Khattab in Hama northwestern countryside because of terrorist groups rocket attacks on the town, a source at Hama Police Command told SANA.

The terrorist attack comes as a new violation of the de-escalation zone agreement in the area.