Nasrullah: Israel Makes use of Events in Syria to Strike Gaza


 BEIRUT,(ST)_ "We deplore and condemn the Israeli aggression against the Palestinians in Gaza Strip", said secretary general of the Hizbullah party Sayed  Hasan Nasrullah, on the occasion of Ashura ,  on Thursday, adding that all Arab and Muslim's  countries  and peoples and all liberals in the  world should support  Gaza's people and resistance forces.
He called on Arabs and Muslims  to provide material support and weapon and stage  demonstration voicing support for the Palestinians so as  to stop the Israeli aggression.

" The Israeli entity is making use of the events taking place in Syria in order to wage aggression against Gaza", he continued, stressing that  the situation  concerning Gaza , is now different from  the circumstance  during the  Israeli aggression on Gaza in 2008, as Syria is now preoccupied with internal events  not  able to provide  logistical support for the Palestinians .  But Politically Still, Nasrullah, went on, Syria  continues  providing firm political support  to the Palestinian cause.
Nasrullah called on  all political leaderships  to mobilize their  efforts to deter, prevent and halt  the aggression on Gaza Strip . He also called for sparing no efforts for protecting the  people of Gaza, despite differences  over  other files, because Palestine and Gaza have  always been the meeting point of uniting stances , positions  and  the wills.

T. Fateh


UN calls upon the occupying power to comply with the relevant resolutions on the Golan

NEW YORK,(ST)-The UN has recalled upon Israel to comply with the relevant resolutions on the occupied Syrian Golan in particular Security Council resolution 497 ,in which the council, inter alia, decided that the Israeli decision to impose its laws ,jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan was null and void and without international legal effect .

 The UN Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) on Thursday endorsed the draft resolution entitled(The Occupied Syrian Golan).

 Following the endorsement of the draft resolution, Syria's permanent representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari extended thanks to states which voted in favour, urging those who abstained to revise their stances prior submitting the draft resolution to the UN General Assembly to be ratified.

The majority vote in favor of the draft resolution concerning the occupied Syrian Golan assures that the attempts of the Israeli occupation forces' annexation of the occupied Syrian Golan ,building and expanding settlements and other illegitimate measures by Israel are null and void and without international legal effect', al-Jaafari concluded.

It is worth noting that 35 nations contributed in submitting the said draft resolution.

They are:

ِAlgeria,Bahrain,Bangladesh,Comoros,Cuba,Djibouti,Ecuador,Egypt,Indonesia,Iraq,Jordan,Kuwait,Lebanon,Malaysia,Mali,Mauritania,Morocco,Namibia,Nicaragua,Nigeria,Oman,Qatar,Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Yemen and Palestine.

Following is a full text of the draft resolution


Sixty-seventh session

Special Political and Decolonization Committee

(Fourth Committee)

Agenda item 53

Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli

Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian

People and  Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories.

The occupied Syrian Golan

The General Assembly,

Having considered the report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories,

Deeply concerned that the Syrian Golan, occupied since 1967, has been under continued Israeli military occupation,

Recalling Security Council resolution 497 (1981) of 17 December 1981,

Recalling also its previous relevant resolutions, the most recent of which was resolution 66/80 of 9 December 2011,

Having considered the report of the Secretary-General submitted in pursuance of resolution 66/80,2

Recalling its previous relevant resolutions in which, inter alia, it called upon Israel to put an end to its occupation of the Arab territories,

Reaffirming once more the illegality of the decision of 14 December 1981taken by Israel to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan, which has resulted in the effective annexation of that territory,

Reaffirming that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible under international law, including the Charter of the United Nations,

Reaffirming also the applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949,3 to the occupied Syrian Golan,

Bearing in mind Security Council resolution 237 (1967) of 14 June 1967,

Welcoming the convening at Madrid of the Peace Conference on the Middle East on the basis of Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) of 22 November 1967 and 338 (1973) of 22 October 1973 aimed at the realization of a just, comprehensive and lasting peace, and expressing grave concern about the stalling of the peace process on all tracks,

1. Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to comply with the relevant resolutions on the occupied Syrian Golan, in particular Security Council resolution 497 (1981), in which the Council, inter alia, decided that the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan was null and void and without international legal effect and demanded that Israel, the occupying Power, rescind forthwith its decision;

2. Also calls upon Israel to desist from changing the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan and in particular to desist from the establishment of settlements;

3. Determines that all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken or to be taken by Israel, the occupying Power, that purport to alter the character and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan are null and void, constitute a flagrant violation of international law and of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949,3 and have no legal effect;

4. Calls upon Israel to desist from imposing Israeli citizenship and Israeli identity cards on the Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan, and from its repressive measures against the population of the occupied Syrian Golan;

5. Deplores the violations by Israel of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949;

6. Calls once again upon Member States not to recognize any of the legislative or administrative measures and actions referred to above;

7. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at its sixty-eighth session on the implementation of the present resolution.




Jafaari : UN Should Shoulder Responsibility in Fighting Terrorism in Syria




NEW YORK,(ST)- "Most terrorist acts carried out in Syria bear the imprints  of the  Salafi  and Wahhabi jihadist ideology, affiliated to  al Qaeda," said Syria 's permanent representative at the UN Bashar al-Jafaari, adding  that these acts  of killing  and mutilation are based on extremist and sectarian  jurisprudence  of religious authorities in certain Gulf states .

Al-Jafaari remarks were made in a statement during a public meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday dedicated to briefings of heads of subcommittees of the UN Security Council concerned with combating terrorism.

"Decisions concerning Syria stated in the report of the Human rights council is based on unilateral source information and formulated in a misleading and hateful Language unprecedented in the resolutions of the Human Rights Council against Syria, country and people," he added.

He continued that  "these decisions  only condemn the Syrian government and did  not call for  the cessation of violence nor to sit at the  table of national dialogue to resolve the crisis, based on  the Geneva statement, the UN  six point plan and  al-Ibrahimi mission, rather  ignore the deterioration of the  economic and humanitarian conditions in Syria, resulting from  tough economic measures  imposed  by the European Union, the US and certain Arab countries against the  Syrian people ."

He  called on President Human Rights Council to demand  countries involved  in harboring, arming, and financing the  terrorist groups to stop  what they are doing against the Syrian people,  stressing that these countries should be held responsible  for terrifying the Syrian citizens  and inciting  them  to leave their homes ,  turning them into refugees and destabilizing the country.


T. Fateh





Syria's future should be decided by the Syrian people ,says Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei

BEIJING(ST)-"Syria's future should be decided by the Syrian people on their own. The political process led by the Syrian people should be launched and pushed forward as soon as possible so as to achieve the just, peaceful and appropriate settlement of the crisis in Syria. The Chinese side stands ready to stay in contact and communication with all relevant parties in Syria towards this end.said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei.


More Terrorists Killed or Wounded




GOVERNORATES,(ST)_ Terrorists on Wednesday targeted  with mortar shells houses located  behind the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus,  and in al-Assad residential suburb resulted in  material damage in residential buildings, according to an official source .

The source explained  that a mortar shell fired by terrorists landed on an abandoned house near the Umayyad Mosque and caused material damage to the house. But no human casualties were reported. 

A huge fire erupted in a trade center in al-Sheikh Saad quarters  in al-Mazze, when an explosive was detonated by terrorists on Wednesday . No human losses reported.

Large number of terrorists  of "al-Nusra Front", al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group,  were killed when they clashed  with the  armed forces.

More terrorists were also killed when the armed forces attacked them in Bu Kamal in rural Deir Ezz Zour. Among the killed was terrorist Muhammad al-Matar leader of the so called  " al-Qaqa' battalion".

Meantime,  several sniper terrorists  were killed in al-Tadamun area, whereas  all members of a terrorist group were killed and their weapons confiscated  by the armed forces.

Several terrorist groups were liquidated  in many areas in rural Damascus and their weapons  were destroyed or confiscated. Among the killed terrorists were  Muhammad al-Ajami, his brother Ahmad, Malik al-Numeiri and his brother Samer, Khaled al-Suqeimi and  Hassan al-Oseiri

In another development,  one armed group on Wednesday robbed  three trucks for the Syrian Red Crescent Society  loaded with  15 tons of food stuffs, groceries, furniture , medical and therapeutic assistance and humanitarian aid  for poor families , while in their  way  to Aleppo and  Idleb.


Syria Times




Syrian will remain faithful to its obligations towards the Palestinian people

DAMASCUS, (ST) – The Syrian government denounced the barbaric, reprehensible perpetrated  by the Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip on Wednesday which resulted in a number of martyrs and injured.

"the government called on the international community for pressure on Israel to cease its aggression on the people of Gaza Strip, appealing to liberals of the world  to deter "Israel" which ignores international legitimacy and breaches  international resolutions in a blatant violation of international law,"the statement reads.

The statement added that the Arab people are in dire need today more than ever to pressure to bolster the Palestinian people's steadfastness and struggle in defense of the Palestinian cause, which is the central cause of the nation.

The government offered condolences on its behalf and on behalf of the Syrian people to the families of the martyrs, affirming that despite the aggression and conspiracies against it, Syria will forever remain faithful to its obligations and stances towards the Palestinian people in terms of returning their occupied lands and establishing a free and sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.



Cabinet forms a committee to follow up economic situation

DAMASCUS, (S.T)_ The Wednesday-cabinet meeting had several topics on the table including political and economic situation, governmental shelters and terrorist groups' sabotage acts.

Opposition meeting

The ministers underlined the importance of national meeting to be convened this month in Tehran between national opposition , social and political sides.

This meeting aims to overcome the current crisis on the basis of rejecting both violence and foreign intervention in Syria's internal affairs.


Moreover, the participants discussed the situation of industrial establishments and measures being adopted to protect them from terrorist groups.

They noted that a number of establishments' owners intend to open new branches in other provinces to go ahead in production.


In addition, they agreed on forming a committee headed by Local Administration Minister to study the carried out works related to reconstruction of areas damaged by the terrorist groups.


At the beginning of the meeting, the cabinet congratulated President Bashar al-Assad on the occasion of the new Hijri Year and the 42nd anniversary of the Correction Movement led by the late President Hafez al-Assad.

Dr.Wael al-Halaqi, Prime Minister, talked about the meanings of the Hijri Year and Islam message that calls for tolerance and co-existence, noting that Islam prohibits the brutal crimes being perpetrated by the Takfiri terrorist groups in Syria.

Then, he spoke about the Correction Movement's achievements in all sectors that have been enhanced under the process of development and modernization being led by President Bashar al-Assad.

Besides, the cabinet hailed the Syrian Arab Army's steadfastness and unity with our people in confronting the US-Gulf conspiracy and pursuing terrorist groups to restore stability to Syria.

Basma Qaddour