New Ministers Sworn in before President Al-Assad

DAMASCUS, (ST- Newly-appointed Ministers of Higher Education Malek Ali, Economy and Foreign Trade Khodr Orfali, Industry Kamal Eddin Touma, Internal Trade and Consumer Protection Samir Izzat Kadi Amin, Tourism Bishr Riyad Yazigi and Minister of State Haseeb Elias Shammas, were sworn in on Sunday before President Bashar Al-Assad.

Later, His Excellency, the President received the new ministers and provided them with his directives, wishing them all success.

Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi attended the meeting. 

On Thursday, President Al-Assad issued decree No. 310 for the year 2013. The decree provided for reshuffling the cabinet and appointing new ministers.


Minister al-Zoubi: Aggression Ball of Fire and Flames to Burn NOT only Syria but the Middle East in its Entirety

DAMASCUS, (ST)- The Syrian Government has never used chemical weapons, if any, not in Damascus Countryside, Ghoutta, nor in any place in Syria, because we have a clear system of values, reiterated Minister Omran al-Zoubi of Information.

Interviewed by al-Maydeen Satellite TV, Minister al-Zoubi added that had the Syrian Government possessed chemical weapons, it would never ever use them against anybody, asserting that this is but the political, legal, and moral stand of Syria.

Minister al-Zoubi disclosed that the chemical materials confiscated and those used by the armed terrorist groups are Western, Saudi and Turkish made, pointing out that the foreign countries which send even chemical weapons ready for use should be questioned.

''Chemical investigation committee should investigate the source of chemical weapons possessed by the armed terrorists,'' added the Minster, reiterating that the use of any mass destruction weapons for Syria, the State of the wise and responsible, is but a red line.

Minister al-Zoubi underscored that the armed terrorists who fired two missiles equipped with chemicals in Damascus Countryside, according to documented satellite images by Russians, should put their arms down, withdraw and allow international investigation team, currently in Syria, free access to the allegedly hit area.

The al-Qaeda affiliated foreign armed terrorist groups from 83 countries, operating in Syria would use every thing to strike against the Syrians; hence they lack any human feeling and hence their agenda is but to spread panic and fear among the people and accuse the Syrian State of perpetrating such crimes, Minster al-Zoubi underlined.

The Syrian Army has discovered in Jobar, Damascus Countryside, during its operations today warehouses for stockpiling chemical weapons and their materials, made in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Germany and other Western countries.

The Minister declared that Syria is transparently cooperating with the UN chemical investigation team, which Syria called for in the aftermath of the terrorist chemical attack against Khan al-Assal last March.

''Syria, however, is never to allow an inspection team, which would be a breach to national sovereignty. It would be unacceptable under any pretext,'' outlined Minister al-Zoubi.

The Minister asserted that the terrorists' recent attack in Damascus Countryside, on the first day of the UN chemical investigation team mission, aimed at diverting the team from its course of work and aborting its work, hence anti-Syria forces and terrorists are dismayed over the Syrian response.

Minister al-Zoubi questioned the would be done by the international community regarding the terrorists' use of chemical equipped missiles.

Minister al-Zoubi asserted that the terrorist groups in Syria resort to the use of chemical weapons in a bid to stop the advancement of the Syrian forces.

''We have proofs about the terrorists' use of chemical weapons,'' underscored Minister al-Zoubi, reiterating that there would never be retreat from combating terrorism in Syria.

''Striking Syria would never be a picnic for anybody,'' added Minister al-Zoubi, citing the standing regional and international equations, asserting that any aggression against Syria would be but a ''ball of fire and flames to burn not only Syria but the Middle East in its entirety''.

''Syria's fight against the terrorists is a continued battle,'' underscored Minister al-Zoubi, saying that the operations against terrorists achieve positive progress.

Minister al-Zoubi reiterated Syria's readiness to participate in the proposed Geneva 2 with no prior conditions, asserting that the ball is in the court of those who reject the political track.

''The political track is a national necessity, and the combating  of terrorism is a national, regional and international necessity.'' Outlined Minister al-Zoubi.


Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

The Syrian Red Crescent (SRC) - Sweida Branch

The Syrian Red Crescent branch in Sweida keeps on offering out all financial and moral support for displaced Syrians in the governorate. In line with the International Food Program’s objective to provide aid for homeless Syrians, Al- Sweida Red Crescent Branch distributes 1500 food package per month, for Syrian displaced families in the city.

The Head of SRC- Sweida branch, Mr. Abdi al- Atrash, has recently said in a special meeting on the Syrian inner expatriate situation in Sweida,  that their issues are topping our agenda in the branch, giving priority for ensuring their needs, namely at this critical time of our country’s history. Moreover, he added that the branch is not only offering financial aid, but also psychological support .

Furthermore, the official declared that all Syrian citizens in and out the homeland's territories, are cooperating by means of intensive efforts to ensure homeless needs, through sending money to the branch, which is by its turn distributing it to displaced families in Sweida. The step came within the Branch's aim to restore cohesion among Syrian citizens.

Aid distribution process begins by a special survey, carried out by the Branch's members. The survey contains complete information on the homeless families' status, including their number, ages, and a health position report; following that procedure SRC members work on providing assistance to the homeless according to their needs. 

Every family take a food parcel, which contains sugar, rice, oil, fat, spaghetti and  wheat. In addition to some clothes, furniture and medicine beside a special milk for children. Its note worthy that the branch has also distributed during the five last months,  5000 food parcels, allocated for the Syrian homeless  by the International committee of the Red Cross, 2500 of them comprised medicine and first aid .

Lately, the branch has also issued a special magazine entitled, Humanitarian Lights. The publication spots light on the Branch's activities in the social , educational and humanitarian fields. The magazine brings attention to environmental and health issues, and covers SRC- Sweida branch activities. In addition to a special page dedicated for physical or mental disabilities.

ST al- Sweida _  Nahla Maaz

Syrian Arab Army eliminates terrorists gatherings throughout the country

Provinces, (ST)-Units of the armed forces carried out operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in eastern Gouta and the southern countryside of Damascus, killing and injuring several terrorists, including the leader of the so-called "Mujahdi al-Sham Battalion" affiliated to "al-Islam Brigade" and destroying their weapons.

An official source told SANA that the army units clashed with armed terrorist groups along  al-Manasher and Barlaman in Joubar, killing and injuring several terrorists, adding that an army unit stormed a terrorists' gatherings in Erbin and killed and injured several terrorists.

Another army unit killed and injured all members of an armed terrorist group in Ein Tarma and destroyed their weapons and ammunitions.

An army unit carried out an operation in al-Shayfounia town in Douma area, destroying two terrorists' dens and killing several terrorists affiliated to the so-called "al-Islam Brigade". The operation concurred with another one against terrorists in Harasta which ended in killing and injuring a number of them.

In the southern countryside of Damascus, the army units waged  a series of operations in al-Ziyabiyeh, al-Husseinyeh, Hejera and Babila and destroyed a heavy machinegun and mortar cannon in al-Ziyabiyeh, in addition to killing a number of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists.

The source pointed out that the army units killed a number of terrorists and injured others in al-Allali area in Darayaa city.

A military source told SANA that a unit of the armed forces foiled an attempt of a number of terrorists to attack one of the military posts  in Khan al-Shieh in Damascus countryside, crushing scores of them and injuring others.

Meanwhile, the concerned authorities seized in Damascus Countryside a truck loaded with rockets, mortars, RPG launchers, machine guns and rifles coming from Idleb.

An official source told SANA that the weapons were hidden under fodder stuff  heading to Douma city.

One citizen was martyred by a mortar shell when terrorists bombed al-Dukhanieh area in Damascus countryside.

Another mortar shell fell on a house in al-Qassaa area in Damascus, injuring a woman  as another shell fell near Crona Restaurant and injured a citizen.

Another mortar shell fell behind al-Zahrawi Hospital in al-Qassaa area without casualties.

One shell fell near Rislan Mosque and another in the vicinity of Bab Touma Square, burning  a nearby car and causing material damages at the scene.

Three citizens were injured by a mortar shell fired by terrorists at al-Fahameh area in Damascus.

In Daraa and countryside, units of the armed forces killed  several terrorists, including ringleader of an armed group and another one of non-Syrian nationalities,  destroying their ammunitions while shelling their dens and gatherings.  

An official source told SANA that units of the armed forces targeted terrorists' dens and gatherings and killed and injured scores of terrorists in Idleb and countryside.

In Aleppo, units of the armed forces hammered all members of an armed terrorist group affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra and destroyed cars loaded with weapons and ammunitions, in addition to a rocket launching-pad and mortars in several villages of Aleppo countryside.

In Homs and countryside, units of the armed forces inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists and destroyed their weapons and equipment.

An official source told SANA that an army unit discovered a terrorists' warehouse full of thermal missiles , weapons and ammunitions in al-Bweidah al-Sharqia village in al-Qseir countryside where the army restored security and stability last June.

An official source in the province told SANA that the other army units destroyed terrorists' gatherings in al-Hasaka countryside. 


Information Ministry condemns Blast in Tripoli

DAMASCUS,(ST)-The information Ministry strongly denounced  the terrorist  blast that hit  the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday afternoon, martyring over 20 and injuring over 50 people.

"Syria strongly slams the cowardly terrorist acts of our people in Tripoli,"reads the statemen released by he ministry.

The ministry called for conducting  "necessary investigations to reveal the culprits behind this filthy act."

The ministry's statement made it clear that   those  who committed the blasphemous crime in Tripoli are the same who committed the explosions in the Southern Suburbs of Beirut.

"these crimes aim at sowing strife and secession, and striking civil peace in Lebanon, reeling it to mayhem and chaos,"underlined the statement.


Terrorist Blast in Aleppo restaurant

Aleppo,(ST)-A number of people were martyred and wounded on Thursday in a terrorist explosion at a restaurant in Aleppo,reports SANA.

A suicide bomber blew himself up at the restaurant Kabo Grillo at one of the city's sports complexes. Among those martyred was a journalist of TV channel "Al-Ikbariya." More than 20 people were injured.

The restaurant was hosting a graduation banquet for students of the local school.



UNSC Resolutions, Some Countries' Stances depend on Media Fabrications, Underlines al-Zou'bi

DAMASCUS, (ST)- " the media dimension has a basic role as regards the war against Syria which seeks to distort, harm Syria's image and its government inside and outside Syria. However, the UN Security Council resolutions and stances of some countries have adopted such media fabrications  "underscored Minister of Information Omran al-Zou'bi.

Al-Zou'bi's remark was made during a meeting he held Thursday with  Russian NGOs  delegation currently visiting Syria.

In this regard, al-Zou'bi informed his quests that banning  the Syrian TV channels from airing itsprograms on Arab Satellite comes within that war to hide the reality from reaching the world public opinion.

The minister branded the ties that binding  the  two peoples in Syria and Russia as deep-rooted and strong.

He appreciates Russia's stances  towards Syria, particularly during the ongoing crisis .

"the Syrian media is carrying on a difficult war, taking into consideration the capabilities it possesses comparing with those of media, the partners in shedding the Syrian blood, "underlined the minister.

Members of the Russian delegation, for their part, expressed the Russian people's support to the Syrian people in confronting terrorism.