President's Message To Indian Prime minister

NEWDELHI,(ST)- President Bashar al-Assad sent a letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, handed over today (Wednesday) by the Political and Media Advisor at the Presidential Palace Dr. Bouthaina Sha'ban to the Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid in New Delhi.

Indian Foreign Minister reiterated his country's rejection of any foreign interference in Syria because the foreign interference is unacceptable and will not be succeeded.

"The solution in Syria must be by the Syrians themselves," said Indian Foreign Minister emphasizing the need of an immediate cessation of armed violence and the support to the Syrian government's efforts to find a peaceful way to be considered as  the only exit of the current crisis.

For her part, Sha'ban pointed to the fierce media campaign on Syria, aiming at serving some countries as a pretext for foreign military intervention. She also thanked (India) the friendly country for supporting  the political solution in Syria.

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Fresh operations started to clean areas from terrorists

PROVINCES,(ST)_Several areas in Syria have seen clashes during which many terrorists were killed or injures.

According to SANA, units of armed forces clashed with terrorist groups in several locations in Damascus countryside (Maalola, Duma,and Jobar areas), Idleb (Abu al-Dhohor area), Der Ezzour (al-Salehiya area) and Homs (Bab Hod).

Most of terrorist groups' members were killed or injured, and their ammunitions and cars were destroyed.

In addition, the armed forces destroyed an explosive devices factory in al-Rihan farms in al-Ghota in Damascus countryside.

It was also reported that the armed forces have started operations to clean south-east Aleppo city after restoration of security to the towns along international highway.

Another operation is to be started in Raqqa province to spread calm in few days, according to al-Watan newspaper.

Car blast

Meanwhile, a booby-trapped car driven by two terrorists exploded today (Wednesday) morning in Ein al-Tineh in Damascus countryside while it was heading to one of the army check-points in the area.

"The terrorists who were inside the car were killed", SANA reported, adding that no one at the check-point was hurt.

Elsewhere, the army's units foiled an attempt to blow up a car carrying approximately 600 kg of explosives near Ariha city in Idleb province.

An official source told SANA: "According to available information and in cooperation with locals, the car driven by a terrorist was exploded by the army's units before it enters the city."

Locals back army

In a separate development, Halat town's locals in Homs countryside organized a march to support the Syrian Arab Army who is offering great sacrifices to eliminate terrorists and restore stability and security across Syria.

The locals raised banners calling for national unity and condemning violence.

Over the past period, the locals of the border town (Halat) have suffered from the infiltration of armed terrorist groups from Lebanon to the homeland.

"They prevented the terrorists from entering their town and stood by the armed forces," SANA said.

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Terrorists' training near the Jordanian desert

American, French and British instructors are providing training to terrorists in Syria at a camp in the Jordanian desert. Observers say that this camp can be used as a bridgehead for the activities of US special troops in Syria, if Washington finds that the Syrian government  is going to use chemical weapons.

The training camp is located to the north from the Jordan capital of Amman, Corriere Della Sera newspaper reports. There are 67 buildings, an airport with a passenger liner, an embassy mock-up, roads, a take-off strip and a field firing range. There Western instructors teach terrorists  of the Free Syrian Army how to fight with anti-tank fire systems, to conduct battles in city conditions, to make ambushes etc.

According to Le Figaro newspaper, the base in Jordan can be used not only as a training facility but also as a spring board for US servicemen from the Delta Force special unit. This unit is deployed not far from the Lebanese capital of Beirut and periodically conducts raids into Syrian territory under the veil of control over chemical weapons warehouses. If Delta Force detects any movement of the chemical weapons it may switch to tough actions and use the base in Jordan for this purpose. At least this is the version the sources in the Middle East told the newspaper’s reporters. But not all the experts believe that the camp in Jordan will be used as a bridgehead. We hear from independent military expert Anton Lavrov.

"It is more important as training facility which enables the opposition to train hundreds and thousands of terrorists. If, as a last resort, Washington decides to interfere it has more opportunities for invasion rather than to do this only from that camp."

The reports about the Western coalition’s intention to switch to invade Syria have become more frequent recently. But they are not more than a component of the information war, political analyst Stanislav Tarasov says.

"The US diplomats in particular new State Secretary John Kerry are now making attempts to find new partners and to work out a new scenario for the Syrian crisis’ settlement . So are Russian diplomats. Just the other day a phone conversation between Obama and Putin took place on a US initiative. All these facts show that the parties are trying to find a peaceful diplomatic solution to settle the crisis. That is why such media reports are nothing else but a component of psychological information war."

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Information Minister: Crimes of al- Nusrah Front in Raqqa, a Result of their Defeats

 

DAMASCUS,(ST) - Minister of Information, Omran al- Zou'bi  has confirmed that "attacks and crimes of  al Nusrah  Front affiliated to al-Qaeda in the governorate of al Raqqa are the result of their  defeats in front of the Syrian Arab army in Aleppo and Damascus, and trying to intimidate citizens and reprisals against them on their national positions."

During a seminar held today at Al-Assad Library, the minister pointed out that "Nothing raises fears and concerns about the presence of these armed groups in some areas of al- Raqqa city and the issue is a matter of time."

Mr, al Zou'bi  stressed that the government is "serious in conducting a national dialogue that does not exclude anyone where all topics can be discussed," stressing that "Saudi Arabia and Qatar and other phantom cartoon countries have no place at the table of dialogue between the Syrians and they will never contribute to building Syria."

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Nutritional Supplements to Meet Needs of Children

DAMASCUS, (ST) - Minister of Health, Dr. Sa’ad al- Nayef, confirmed that his ministry had provided unprecedented amounts of supplements of food that meet the nutrition needs of children during the next six months worth of 200 million Syrian Pounds and includes more than 1.5 million doses of vitamin A to children, ready therapeutic food and therapeutic baby milk.

During the opening of the national workshop organized by the Ministry of Health in cooperation with the World Food Program and UNICEF, the Minister talked about the preventive measures to improve the nutritional status of children in the current circumstances, pointing out that the ministry devoted its efforts to meet the needs of foodstuffs to families, especially in the areas of greatest need and to ensure improving the health status and upgrading nutritional health indicators.

“The ministry, since the beginning of the current crisis being experienced by Syria, is exerting efforts to improve the nutritional reality of children in collaboration with various public sectors and civil and relevant international organizations, stressing the need to pay more attention to the aspects related to the conservation of families’ health, especially environmental sanitation including the safety of food and water, child health and diarrhea control programs, encouraging breastfeeding program and reproductive health,” the minister pointed out.

The Minister underlined the  need to "develop a strategy of action to counter malnutrition," especially for families living in difficult conditions and enable them to exercise better nutritional options through the adoption of a national plan through which universal coverage for all communities and individuals targeted and affected including the centers of temporary residence the affected people.

 

“ Syria was over the last ten years at the forefront of Eastern countries in the Mediterranean Region in terms of good health indicators, especially in the field of maternal and child health, where it touched the progress that has been achieved in these aspects of the millennium development goals, explaining that despite this progress, the nutritional reality of children, particularly in the eastern and north regions, forms "a worrying challenge to the ministry," although the figures recorded for malnourished children at different levels is at the national level within the normal rates of infection according to the world standards,” Dr. Al -Nayef added.

The Resident Representative of the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF in Syria, Dr. Youssef Abdul Jalil, has confirmed the continuation of providing support concerning children in Syria, including aspects relating to their health and nutrition, saying that every child has the right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health and access to health care services and protection of diseases, including malnutrition.



“Malnutrition is indirect cause of half of all deaths among children under the age of five because it weakens the immunity of the body and worsen the condition, noting that women, especially pregnant and lactating women and children under the age of two of the most prominent groups exposed to the dangers of malnutrition,” Dr. Abdul Jalil noted.

 

He considered that breastfeeding is one of the most important nutritional, health and inexpensive interventions that can reduce the rates of malnutrition in children, calling to support and promote breastfeeding and put it on the list of the important foundations to feed the baby, which helps to overcome the problems of malnutrition.

For her part, Representative of the World Food Program (WFP), Kate Newton, considered that children are usually the most affected by the difficult circumstances and crises, indicating that the early years of children's lives are more important to ensure their growth properly and is considered one of the fundamental challenges that require unifying all efforts to confront them.

Newton showed that the program has two main objectives the first is to train a cadre to work on the improvement of the nutritional status of children and the second to provide certain foodstuffs to help citizens who suffer from food problems, especially pregnant women and children everywhere.

Director of Health Care at the Ministry, Dr. Ahmed Ab’bood, talked about nutrition programs, which includes the nutritional surveillance program, micronutrient deficiencies program to combat iron, vitamin A deficiency, and iodine, reviewing the ministry's activities in the field of improving the nutrition of infants and children under normal and extraordinary circumstances.

Director of Feeding Program at the Ministry, Dr. Samer Arous, explained the causes of child malnutrition, the basic functions of the nutrition program in emergency, identifying health information systems and organizing quick questionnaires to identify the size of food disasters.

A number of participants reviewed the health situation of the temporary accommodation centers in the governorates of Damascus and its countryside, Daraa, Sweida, Homs and Quneitra and the number of households which they are located and that health services provided to them.

 

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To Support Steadfastness of our People in Occupied Golan … First Shipment of Apples Arrived

QUNEITRA, (ST) -To support our people in the occupied Golan and enhance their steadfastness in the face of the Israeli occupation and its aggressive practices that impede the marketing of their agricultural crops, especially apples from the 2012-2013 production, the first shipment of apples from the occupied Syrian Arab Golan arrived yesterday to the homeland.

The operation of transporting the apples from the occupied Syrian Golan to the Syrian motherland took place through the city of Quneitra crossing point and under the supervision of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The expected amount to be received is about 18 thousand tons throughout 10 weeks.

The Governor of Quneitra, Dr. Malik Muhammad Ali, chairman of the Marketing Committee of Golan Apples stated that all measures and preparations have been taken in the governorate to ease the arrival of the Golan apples to Syrian markets.

He pointed out that the process of buying apples from the occupied Golan comes to support our people and to enhance their steadfastness in the face of the occupation and its aggressive policies that impede the marketing of agricultural crops, particularly the apples crop, the main source of livelihood.

The governor pointed out that buying the apples is one of the ways and means of support provided by the home for our sons in the Golan to strengthen their steadfast, clinging to their land and their Syrian Arab identity in the face of the Israeli practices such as bulldozing agricultural land, uprooting trees, water theft, imposing high taxes on farmers to irrigate crops, raise the prices of pesticides and fertilizers, drying lakes to crack down the life of our people in the occupied villages and fight them in their living in an attempt to discredit the resistance and steadfastness after their insistence on planting the apple tree that represents a challenge for both occupation and systematic violations in the Golan Heights.

For his part, Chairman of the Marketing Committee of Apples in the occupied Golan from the village of Buqata, Sa'id Farhat, confirmed  that the process will continue in the coming weeks, the amount will be of two hundred and fifty tons per day. The amount that will pass this year, amounting to 18 thousand tons are the larger compared to previous years, he pointed out.

 Member of the Marketing Committee of Apples, who also is a member of the Executive Bureau of the Governorate's Council, Mowafaq Mashfej,  pointed out that selling apples to Syria, the motherland, increases stability of the people in the occupied Golan and their adherence to Arabism and contribute to enhancing the their steadfastness  in the face of the Israeli schemes.

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Cabinet Forms A Committee To Distribute lands For Martyrs' Families

DAMASCUS,(ST)- Prime Minister Dr. Wael al-Halqi on Tuesday issued a decision on  forming a committee under the chairmanship of the Council Presidency's Secretary General.

 The committee is tasked with putting the mechanism and criteria for distributing lands for martyrs' relatives in Damascus Countryside  and Homs.

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