Quick Response Center for Catastrophe in Sweida

Sweida- (ST)-  In cooperation with the International Committee of The Red Cross, the Red Crescent Branch in Sweida has inaugurated the quick response Center for catastrophe and relief.

The center which is the first of its kind in Syria consists of five departments. These departments will work in cooperation and coordination to carry out all the relief process in the governorate in a step that aims at offering all-out psychological moral and financial support for the displaced people in Sweida.   

 Departments are the following: 

1- First aid department.

2- Relief department.

3- Information management department. 

4- Media department. 

5 Operation room department.

Head of the Red Crescent Branch in Sweida Abdi Al-Atrash said that the world today is looking up with admiration to the international movement of the Red cross and the Red Crescent' efforts regarding supporting peace and  tolerance especially under the ongoing crisis in Syria, expressing full readiness for exerting intensive efforts with respect to implementing the branch's humanitarian mission.

During the meeting, the branch also appreciated the role of coordinator of the volunteering youth committee Hayan Hajali for his efforts in this regard.

It's to be noted that the Red Crescent Organization has sacrificed 39 martyrs during the current crisis.

The meeting was attended by Al-Sweida governor Attif AL-Naddaf and the coordinator of cooperation in the international committee mission which is affiliated to the Red Cross International Organization in Syria Faheem Shaikh in addition to other concerned parties.

Nahla Maaz

Al-Sweida governorate

Syrian Arab Army Kills 10 Terrorists in Ambush, Advances in Homs

PROVINCES,(ST)_At least 10 terrorists have been mowed down in an ambush in Homs province amid reports of air strikes against terrorist groupings in many areas across the country.

The official news agency reported on Sunday that the army units ambushed terrorists on Ein alNesr-Sheikh Hamid road in al-Mesherfeh area outside Homs province where 10 terrorists died and their car was destroyed.

It added that the army units recorded a remarkable progress in defeating terrorist groups from al-Bar'daeyyat farms nearby al-Zara town in Talkalkh countryside outside Homs province.

Scores of terrorists, some of Saudi, Lebanese, Jordanian nationalities, perished in the said farms and in al-Zara town as well as in al-Safsafeh, Em al-Tweni and al-Jarf towns, a military source declared.

Infiltration bids

The source added that an army unit, in cooperation with the border guards, repelled terrorists' infiltration bid from Lebanon into Tal al-Naemat in the southern countryside of al-Qusair.

Some 6 terrorists were killed.

Another infiltration attempt by an armed terrorist group from the old city of Aleppo into nearby safe areas was foiled.

A military source declared that the terrorist group's members were killed and injured.

It confirmed the death of a large number of terrorists and destruction of many weapons-laden cars in around 14 towns outside Aleppo and Idleb provinces.

Clashes in Daraa

In southern Daraa province, the army units clashed with terrorists who tried to attack garrisons at the junction of Othman town and on the outskirts of Kherbet Ghazaleh town.

The clashes resulted in eliminating an unknown number of terrorists, some belong to the so-called the 'al-Imam' battalion from al-Nusra Front, and destroying 2 mortars plus 4 cars equipped with heavy machine guns.

Other 14 terrorists were reportedly killed when the army units targeted a building in Othman town.

While in Damascus countryside province, a series of operations were carried out against terrorist groupings in the areas of Duma, al-Mliha, Ein Tarma, al-Zabadani, Ma'aloula, Jab'adin, Saidnaya, Darayya, Khan al-Sheih and al-Qadam.

The operations, according to the Syrian TV channel, ended in eliminating dozens of terrorists.

Shells hit Jaramana

The same province [Damascus countryside] witnessed a terrorist attack when shells hit several residential areas in Jaramana district, around 7km to the south-east of Damascus, leaving at least 24 citizens wounded.

The shells, which were fired by terrorists, landed on quarters of al-Janayen, al-Jam'eyat, al-Rawda, al-Talaleh, Daf al-Sakher, al-Baidar and on al-Bassel and al-Madares [schools] streets as well as on the "Martyr Hassan Bashir" School and the "Martyr Walid Jabr" School.

Women and children were among the wounded, a police command source said.

Another terrorist attack happened in Asal al-Ward area, around 55km to the north of Damascus, where at least 3 citizens were wounded by detonation of an explosive device planted by terrorists outside the threshold of the house of the Damascus Farmers Federation's Head .

Syria is fighting terrorism exported from around 83 countries.

The US, France, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar sponsor the terrorist groups operating in Syria, according to media reports.


Al-Ja'afari asserts 'opposition coalition' lacks nationalism and professionalism

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations has underscored that the 'opposition coalition' delegation was neither national nor professional negotiators in the Geneva 2 talks held in Switzerland .

Bashar al-Ja'afari , who was speaking yesterday in an in interview with the Syrian TV Channel, said that the Syrian official delegation discovered during the Geneva talks that it was negotiating with an opposition practicing political immorality.

"The coalition delegation was seeking media gains through using the humanitarian issue to tell the public opinion that it scored points against the Syrian official delegation," al-Ja'afari said.

He clarified that the first clause in the 2012 Geneva communiqué, which includes 8 clauses, states for stopping violence, i.e. stopping terrorism. "The communiqué was formulated without Syria's presence."

Logical sequence

Al-Ja'afari reiterated that the Syrian official delegation is ready to debate all issues according to logical sequence and priorities with participation of broad spectrum from national opposition and other groups to reach national détente which excludes no one.

"The catalyst for excluding national opposition in the Geneva talks is the unwillingness of the other side[coalition] to form transitional government. It [coalition] just wants power whatever the cost may be," he added.

Al-Ja'afari noted that the coalition delegation tried to abort the Geneva talks and to embarrass the Syrian official delegation through unacceptable provocation and impoliteness. "But they failed."


He asserted that the coalition delegation was not a decision-maker and it was receiving orders from 11 ambassadors of the countries of the so-called "Syria Friends" and their intelligence bodies.

"Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are directly involved in supporting terrorism in Syria, The Saudi officials have announced that openly and they run operations from Turkey to send terrorists and weapons to Syria," al-Ja'afari said.

No negotiation techniques

He added that the other side neither denied nor objected to the clues and evidences presented by the Syrian official delegation on all issues, confirming that the coalition delegation has no negotiation skills and it rejected all papers presented by the Syrian official delegation without reading it.

"There were disputes among the coalition delegation's members during the talks," al-Ja'afari said.

He also made it clear that the United States has worked to pressure the Syrian government and not to back the political solution.

Al-Ja'afari called on the United States to stop its intervention in Syria's internal affairs.

Basma Qaddour    

PM: The Government Strives for National Reconciliation Success

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Prime Minister Dr. Wael al-Halaqi stressed that the government is striving for the success of national reconciliation which has made significant progress in Damascus and its countryside and is working to strengthen , upgrade and circulate this experience on various provinces .
During his meeting today with members of the National Reconciliation Commission at the People's Assembly, al-Halaqi added that national dialogue is the only way to get out of the crisis experienced by the country and that the option of national reconciliation is a priority for the Syrian people,
He explained that the consultative meetings conducted by the ministerial committee in charge of implementing the political program to resolve the crisis with the various national parties and organizations , trade unions , civil societies and national figures, showed the extent of people 's consensus on the success of the next national dialogue conference in Damascus , stressing the need for coordination and cooperation between the Commission and the legislative, executive authorities and civil societies activists for better realization of set objectives.
The Prime Minister stressed that the economic situation is improving as the country is proceeding toward more reform and rehabilitation of the man , adding that living standards are at acceptable levels as a result of the measures taken to achieve food , energy and pharmaceuticals security .
The participants discussed the mechanisms of the reconciliation committee activities in the 14 branches distributed on the country 's provinces and the situations of the kidnapped and missing persons and the detainees , and means to facilitate procedures and contacts between parties concerned with national reconciliation .
In turn, chairman of the reconciliation committee Omar Osei emphasized that the National Reconciliation Commission is implementing national agendas to maintain the social contract among the Syrians .


T. Fateh

Rallies in support of army against terrorist groups

Damascus & its  Countryside, (ST) – Residents of al-Nabek city in Damascus Countryside, on Sunday took to streets to express support to the Syrian Arab Army.

During the rally,al-Nabek's residents voiced support to the Syrian Arab Army in its operations against the armed terrorist groups.

Elsewhere,Locals of al-Liwan neighborhood in Kafar Souseh district in Damascus stage a rally  in support of Syrian army against terrorism

The participants saluted the soldiers of the army who are fighting against the armed terrorist groups and stressed their support to the statement which was submitted by the Syrian official delegation to Geneva 2 conference on the principles that no two Syrians are supposed to disagree over.

"the rejection of the coalition delegation so-called "opposition" to these principles is evidence of their isolation of the reality of the Syrian people's aspirations, "they asserted.


President al-Assad issues decree No.8

DAMASCUS, (ST) - President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday issued legislative decree No.8 for the year 2014 .

The decree provides for rescheduling loans and facilitations offered to the owners of economic, tourist, industrial, services and craft activities who are late on payments to the public banks until the issuance of this decree.

President al-Assad also issued legislative decree No.9 for the year 2014 stipulating for the addition of an item to article no.5 of the legislative decree No. 41 for the year 2005 which provides for subjecting electric cars whatever the capacity of their motors is to a consumer spending fee of 30% which is the lowest fee imposed on cars.


Tartous__ Symposium entitled :The Importance of National Unity in Facing Terrorism

Symposium, The Importance of National Unity in Facing Terrorism, held by Engineers Association Branch in Tartous, focused on national unity role in the struggle  against terrorism and how to face it. In addition to the necessity of cooperation between all Syrian people constituents.

The writer Ghassan Wannous, Arab Writers Union chief deputy, indicated that Syria' people and resistance line fast response to face the wildest attack ever with the participation of regional and international powers; shows a great national unity power between its citizen.

He pointed out to" the large similarity between Zionism Movements and Wahhabi One" particularly their actions of repulsive killings, plundering and usurpation with attempts for domination and expansion, which are all acts done by armed terroristic  groups, confirming that  terrorism confrontation demands  great deal of awareness volition, patience and energy; in addition to education.

On his part, the researcher Dr.Ahmad Omran zawi,  pointed out to the Syrian national unity distinguished since the doom of history, illustrating Christian and Islamic relationships  dating back to thirteen centuries ago. When foreign expeditions had successively tried to take hold of the country, but together Christians and Muslims confronted them. In the same way, they fought when the Arabic Language was exposed abandonment, in favor of the Latin letter use. Zawi affirmed that the union between Christian and  Islamic  religions will never detach, but will remain forever ,just as in the Bible and Koran.

Some of the distinct attendees were: Nizar Ismael, Tartous governor; Mousa Asaad, Branch Secretary of the Socialist Arab Baath Party; in addition to official and religious activities and interested crowd.

Lilian Essa