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Shakkour Demanded UNESCO to Uncover the Truth of Terrorism in Syria

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Under the chairmanship of the Arab Group, the 194th session of UNESCO’s Executive Council session was opened last Monday.

In her intervention Syria’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO Lamia Shakkour demanded UNESCO director to work on establishing an approach intends to clear the truth about the crisis in Syria and uncover the reality of terrorism Syria undergoes for more than three years.

Syrian Arab Army Restores Stability and Security to Rankous Town in Al-Qalamon Area

PROVINCES,(ST)_Army units have restored stability and security to Rankous town outside Damascus, destroyed  67-meter long tunnel in Der Ezzour and struck terrorist groupings in Daraa, Idleb and Aleppo provinces.

Rankous town in al-Qalamon area outside Damascus became 'safe' after the army units had killed large numbers of terrorists there, according to the official news agency.

The new victory over terrorists groups coincided with pounding a hideout for terrorists at the western entry of Erbin town outside Damascus and eliminating 25 terrorists on the outskirts of the 'Ghber' mosque in the town.

Twin Car Bombs in Homs Kill at least 25 People

PROVINCES,(ST)_Two car bombs have exploded in central Homs province amid reports of mortar attacks in Damascus and Aleppo.

The official news agency (SANA) said today that twin car bomb blasts took place in al-Kheder Street in Karmelloz quarter in Homs city where at least 25 civilians, including women and children, were martyred and over 107others  wounded.

A source at Homs Governorate clarified that terrorists exploded the first car bomb after parking it near al-Badr sweets shop in the busy al-Kheder street and half an hour later they exploded the second car bomb in the same quarter.

Five Artifacts to be Smuggled from Palmyra, Restituted

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ Competent authorities seized, in the farms area in Palmyra, five artifacts excavated illegally by armed terrorist groups with the aim of smuggling them out of Syria.

A source in Homs told SANA that these pieces, dating back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries, comprise the statues of two priests and busts of a lady and two men.

In a statement to SANA, Mr. Walid Al-Assaad, the director of antiquities in Palmyra said that the directorate of antiquities is working to implement a plan in cooperation with the concerned authorities to preserve the archaeological sites and the museum.

Spreading Awareness by Mass Media on Concept of Disability Paramount

Damascus, (ST) "The role of mass media in spreading awareness on disability and means to deal with children with disabilities" was the main topic discussed during  the 1st National Workshop on Handicapped Children on its second and last day.

"media could play a vital role in changing the stereotypes of handicapped children especially that mass outlets have now  great capabilities in making and promoting conceptions”. emphasized  Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Information at Damascus University Nahleh Issa.

Pillay's Human Rights Briefing on Syria Biased: Al-Jaafari

NEW YORK-Syria's Permanent Representative at the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari has criticized the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay’s report accusing the Syrian government of human rights violations. He dismissed the report as absolutely incorrect and biased.

In a press conference following a Security Council meeting yesterday in which Pillay presented her brefieng on the situation in Syria, al-Jaafari said from the very beginning of the crisis in Syria, Pillay has been biased and has been part of the orchestra lead by influential Security Council member states in order to fabricate more unjust accusations against the Syrian government.

Syrian Arab Army Recaptures Strategic Sites Outside Damascus and Lattakia

PROVINCES,(ST)_Several strategic sites outside Damascus and Lattakia provinces have become under the full control of the army units that pressed a head with targeting terrorist groupings there and in Aleppo, Homs, Der Ezzour and Daraa provinces.

A military source was quoted on the official news agency (SANA) as citing that the army units imposed full control over al-Radar hill plus several strategic points overlooking Rankous town in the northern countryside of Damascus.

Later on, the army units made progress in the surrounding of Rankous town and entered al-Jameyat quarter and the southwestern quarter of the town where many terrorists were killed.