World Peace Delegation Honored Syrian Martyrs

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ The World Peace delegation , currently visiting Syria, led by Mairead Maguire on Wednesday met with the families of martyrs and health sector workers  in Damascus and Damascus countryside governorates.

Maguire, and members of the delegation expressed condolences to the families of the martyrs who were killed as a result of  acts of terrorism by insurgents and terrorists

She stressed that the world peace delegation  called  on  governments funding terrorists   to give up  supporting and financing terrorism  so as peace to be restored to Syria, noting  the suffering of the clergymen  at the hands of terrorists in acts of murder, torture and intimidation, and the need to stop targeting spiritual leaders  and  implanting terror throughout Syria.

Maguire considered  that peace is the only answer to the suffering of the Syrian people,  adding that the delegation will listen during its  visit to certificates on what  Syria is exposed and convey the hearings to the  world public opinion.

 "we know that insurgents and terrorists are targeting innocent civilians and medical personnel in order to threaten the stability of Syria and put it in the hands of the enemies of goodness, " she emphasized.

For his part, Minister of Health  Dr. Saad Naef said that Syria  is exposed to a heinous  global war  with obscurantism trends as its  spearhead , commending the efforts of ambulances and medical personnel in the departments of Health, which work  despite risks and threats .

Worthy mentioning that head of the visiting  delegation  Maguire holds a Nobel Peace Prize . The  delegation includes 18 figures working  in medical ,educational parliamentary , media and religious fields  in  Ireland , the USA  Australia, Italy, Iran, Canada, Brazil and Portugal.

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Syrian Arab army 'inching closer' to al-Qsir city

PROVINCES,(ST)_Syrian Arab army is inching closer to al-Qsir city in Homs and continue haunting down foreign-backed terrorists outside Damascus and in north and south provinces.

Today(Wednesday), units of armed forces imposed control over al-Shomareya village and al-Kerdi farm in al-Qsir city and lift terrorists' siege on al-Ghassaneya and al-Haydareya villages.

A military source said that the armed forces have hunted down the terrorists, who flee from al-Qsir near Shamsin village, and killed many of them.

As for the army's operations outside the capital, SANA reported that several terrorist groupings have been targeted in Adra, al-Nabek, Rankos, Esal al-Wared, al-Qalamon areas.

Unknown number of al-Nusra Front-affilated terrorists were killed in the operations.

In addition, more terrorists were killed when the car which they were booby-trapping blasted.

Moving towards the country's north, it was reported that two rocket launchers and four mortars were destroyed in al-Msalmeyeh and al-Alqameya areas in Aleppo countryside.

The armed forces also targeted terrorist groupings in Sheikh Sa'ed and Khan al-Assal areas and near Meneg military airport.

Meanwhile, units of armed forces shelled al-Nusra Front-linked terrorists in Idleb and Lattakia countryside.

Syria is facing a foreign-backed war that aims to weaken the Syrian Arab army and destroy national economy to serve Israel's interests in the region.

The US, France, Britain, Qatar, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia fund and support the terrorist groups, who perpetrate heinous crimes against citizen and destroy Syria's infrastructure


Sabouni: Internet Services and Communications Back

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ "the internet services and communications returned to normal on Wednesday afternoon after a fault in an optical fiber  cables,"underscored Minister of Communications and Technology, Dr. Imad al-Sabouni.

In a statement to SANA, al-Sabouni said that the maintenance and repair workshops were working around the clock  to fix the malfunction in order  to restore internet services and communications nationwide.

Internet services and communication between provinces went down on Tuesday evening due to a malfunction in an optic cable.


No Options But Confronting Terrorism,Says al-Zou'bi

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ "the Syrians are insisted  to combat  terrorism and to find a political solution to the crisis based on an-all out  national dialogue without excluding anyone."said Information Minister, Omran al-Zoubi.

Al-Zou'bi's remark was made during his meeting on Wednesday with a media delegation from Latin America.

 "the  foreign parties  do not want a solution to the crisis in Syria.Instead,they are  relentlessly seeking to  prolong  unrest and  chaos,"underscored al-Zou'bi.

The Minister wondered how could  be the region's format  in the absence of a civil secular country as Syria, ''thus the end of the religious moderation that have formed a bridge between civilizations throughout centuries.''

"Syria will definitely go ahead as  it has no other options but to defend its independence, added that ''Syria is being targeted with the aim to render  a historic service to the Zionist project in the region, which cannot happen.''

Al-Zou'bi made it clear  that terrorists from 29 nations  under the name  ''jihadists'' are flocking into Syria , noting that  Jihad in Islam means  a noble idea that they are trying to distort.

Al-Zou'bi clarified that  "Syria is  different from any other Arab state due to its nature and location, indicating that ''Syria is the only state that stands against the Zionist entity along with the resistance groups, and is the only state that won't accept the US dictates and policies, which made it a target of colonizers.''

Addressing the delegation, al-Zou'bi recalled  "I am confident that Venezuelan people will follow in the footsteps of the late great leader(referring to the passing away of Venezuela's great leader Hugo Chavez)adding that media played a crucial role as regards this matter.

For his part, Naim Shaabouq ,Head of the delegation , affirmed that the delegation's visit aims  at conveying  the reality to foreign media and stress the support of the Latin American people with  the Syrian people.


Al-Halqi :Syria's Destiny is to Pay for its Firm Stances

DAMASCUS, (ST)_"it is very important to boost economic , trade and development  between Syria and Algeria only to touch the deep-rooted history that linked peoples of both countries,"said Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi .

Al-Halqi's remark came during a meeting on Wednesday with the Algerian ambassador in Damascus, Saleh Bousha.

al-Halqi highly praised  Algeria's supporting to Syria at international arenas and its understanding of the nature of the conspiracy targeting it wishing Algeria to exert further efforts in this regard.

During the meeting, al-Halqi gave a thoroughly political review underlying the global  conspiracy against Syria that targets the structure and fabric of the Syrian state and national economy, as the West,US and Arab states backed -armed terrorist groups led by Jabhat al-Nusra and the Zionist entity are carrying out terrorist and vandalism acts on the Syrian soil.

" Syria's destiny throughout history  is to pay for its firm stances in defense of the Arab nation's capabilities," denouncing  some Arab regimes which are wasting  their peoples' resources in conspiring against Syria.

"Anyway, al-Halqi went on to say,Syrian people and the army are determined to restore security and stability to Syria ,"highlighting the army's vital role in chasing the armed gangs.

"Thanks to the Syrian's will, Syria is heading towards finding a peaceful solution to the crisis through national dialogue, "affirmed al-Halqi.

For his part,The Algerian ambassador voiced  Algerian people's support  to the Syrian people and leadership.

" Algeria rejects meddling in the Syrian internal affairs, "asserted Bousha.

Both  sides also discussed mechanisms  of cooperation in the fields of transport, textile and cotton industries, oil and others.


President al-Assad: Syrian People Along With Army Are Able to Curb occupation forces Adventurous

DAMASCUS, (ST)-President Bashar al-Assad received on Tuesday  Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salihi and the accompanying delegation.

Talks dealt with latest developments in the region and threats engulfed it in the wake of the last Israeli aggression on Syria.

"undoubtedly, Israel's last aggression is a clear evidence that it is not only the Israeli occupation involved  in the ongoing events in Syria but also western and regional countries," said President Bashar Al-Assad ,adding that Syria's people and the brave   army, who achieved remarkable achievements as regards combatting terrorism and takfiri groups  ,are definitely able to curb Israel's adventures which constitute one of the terrorism's dimensions that hit Syria daily.

Talks also dealt with the current cooperation ties between Syria and Iran and both countries' keenness to cement ties in all domains.

Salihi underscored that his country has denounced the flagrant Israeli aggression on Syria with strongest terms ,voicing his country's firm stance to words Syria against Israel's attempts to destabilize the region's stability .

Salihi stressed that it is time to deter the Israeli occupation from doing such aggressive acts against the region's nations.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Salihi stated "the meeting with President Bashar Al-Assad was fruitful as  a number of bilateral issues were tackled .Most importantly, I have discovered that things are OK in Syria thanks to the Syrian Army who regained many areas. Hopefully, Syria will restore stability soon.

"Syria and Iran's bilateral ties will continue in all fields .We are ready to increase aids to Syrians and rendering basic needs to them, "added Salihi.

"we are fully confident that Syria will emerge victorious as the right stands by the Syrian people and the Syrian government because it expresses the people's will .Over the past two years,the people's steadfastness and its support to the brave army and the government alike  have strongly contributed in Syria's steadfastness the savage attack," affirmed salihi.

Salihi expressed his optimism over Syria's future as it moves on the right path heading for victory .Iran will not accept any foreign intervention in Syria .The Syrian are only authorized to decide their future.

The Zionist entity flagrant aggression on Syria unveils the solid coordination between Israel and the mercenaries who are fighting the Syrian people.

For his part, Foreign and Expatriate Minister Waleed al-Muallem  said that Salihi's meeting with President Bashar Al-Assad was fruitful where viewpoints were identical thanks to the continuous consultations and coordination between the Syria and Iran leaderships  on the current situations.

In reply to a question on fears over waging war on Syria ,al-Muallem replied :"Syria has been facing an internal war for two years which is also a regional and international war targeting the Syria people, adding "we are familiar with this situation … we're not concerned but we're prepared to defend ourselves and our people."

On the possibility of revitalizing the mutual defense  agreement with Iran, al-Moallem said :" everyone must know that before and during the crisis in Syria, Iran's leadership and people stood alongside Syria to the extent  that we surpassed the mutual defense agreement,



Syrian Arab army take control of towns in Aleppo and Homs countryside

PROVINCES,(ST)_Calm restored to Banyas countryside amid reports of the Syrian Arab army's advance in the central and north provinces.

The two towns- al-Baida and Ra'as al-Nab'a - in Banyas countryside are now calm after the Syrian Arab Army defeated the armed groups there, according to the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen TV Channel.

While, the Damascus-based al-Watan newspaper focused on the army's advance in Ben Zayd alley in Aleppo province which is an important site to enter the west areas of the city. 

Locals told the paper: "the units of armed forces have started to cleanse homes in the alley, north-west Aleppo, from gunmen."

In the same north province, the armed forces captured Hrebil town, which is located on the road of the Aleppo International Airport, two days after cleansing 6 towns on the same road from terrorist groups.

SANA reported that big quantity of terrorists' weapons and ammunitions were destroyed in Aleppo countryside.

In Homs countryside, the units of armed forces took control of al-Sallomeyeh town and surrounding farms north al-Qsir countryside. 

Elsewhere, it was reported that the units of armed forces shelled today several hideouts of terrorists in Der Ezzour province and Idleb countryside.

Unknown number of terrorists is killed in the shelling, while other terrorists were killed during a quarrel between them broke out over sharing loots in Selqin city outside Idleb.

On the other hand, a unit of armed forces arrested two members of al-Nusra Front terrorist group and killed the others in an ambush in Htetet al-Terkman in the Eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside.   

Other terrorists were also reportedly killed in al-Mleha and Ashrafeyet al-Wadi , Adra, Zamalka, Harasta, Doma, and Ein Tarma areas in the same province.

 Meanwhile, competent authorities, in cooperation with locals, seized weapons in a hideout of terrorists in al-Heffeh town in Lattakia countryside. 

In another development, terrorists fired a mortar shell on a residential area in al-Qassa'a in the capital.

The shell landed in al-Mawasem square left a woman wounded and damages at the scene.

Syria is facing a foreign-backed war that aims to weaken the Syrian Arab army and destroy national economy to serve Israel's interests in the region.

The US, France, Britain, Qatar, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia fund and support the terrorist groups, who perpetrate heinous crimes against citizen and destroy Syria's infrastructure