Al-Halqi: Palestine ,Syria's compass

DAMASCUS, (ST)- "the Palestinian cause will remain Syria's top national concern and the compass determining the track and goal despite the repercussions of the unfair global war waged against the people and state of Syria, "underscored Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi.

Al-Halqi further underlined "Syria, in spite of its wounds, will always be the first defender of the issues, aspirations and interests of the entire Arab nation," .

The Premier's remarks were made during his meeting with Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Abo Hazem and the accompanying delegation.

"there is a dire need to activate the role of the Arab liberation movements and parties and pan-Arab trends in alerting the Arab public opinion to the seriousness and scale of what Syria is being subjected to, "stressed al-Halqi.

"the role of the Arab movements and trends in this regard lies basically in spreading the culture of resistance and confronting the takfiri intellectual invasion by promoting the secular thinking that boosts unity and tolerance,"al-Halqi further explained.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Abo Hazem said "Syria has been over decades the main pillar of the axis of resistance and steadfastness, "adding that what is going on in Syria is a big international conspiracy targeting not only Syria by all of the Arabs and the Palestinian cause in particular

Abo Hazem made it clear that those who are defending Syria now are defending the Palestinian cause and the Arab existence. Furthermore, Syria will come out of its crisis stronger and more firm.


Jafaari: Syria is Integral Part of UN Humanitarian Response Plan

NEW YORK,(ST)_ Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN  , Dr. Bashar Jaafari  stressed that , the Syrian government is an integral part of the  so-called Humanitarian Response Plan it had  signed with the UN Office of humanitarian response coordination  " OCHA " and therefore no one can deny the role of the Syrian government as a full partner with the UN  in the implementation of the humanitarian response plan .

"We are proceeding  in this plan since more than two years  in  cooperation with the UN  and therefore talk about the lack of cooperation by the Syrian government is not true," Jaafari said during a news conference yesterday at the United Nations Headquarters in New York .

Jaafari added : Talking about the Syrian government or the Syrian army besieging  certain  areas  is true , because there are  fighters armed terrorists in these areas  fighting the government , defy the  state and using civilians as human shields , explaining that because of security conditions relating to the safety of UN  humanitarian personnel , the UN humanitarian personnel   cannot always get into some hot spots  and that have happened with  aids convoys  from the  World food Program ( WFP ) , which  admitted that it  had failed eight times to  enter  Madameya area .

Dr. Jaafari continued that the Syrian government evacuated  ten days ago from Madameya area  three thousand families at the protection  of the Syrian army , who  opened  and renovated more than a thousand schools where thousands of displaced Syrian families  have been hosted.

Jaafari  added that , the United Nations knows  exactly negative effects of the unilateral procedures, wondering  how the UN Secretary General Assistant for Humanitarian Affairs Valeri  Amos  ignore a very important aspect in the culture of UN  in terms of political and humanitarian support that she is  supposed to know what's going on in the  United Nations to that these are not  sanctions and that sanctions are imposed by the  UN  Security Council .

Jaafari indicated that the sanctions taken against Syria are but a punitive coercive action by some countries, are unacceptable  ,  pointing out that the  UN General Assembly will discuss after several  days  the U.S. embargo on Cuba , which is rejected by a majority of 187 countries each year ,  noting  that  these  are facts and truth in the United Nations  that every diplomat, even if a beginner, should take into account .

T. Fateh

Syrian Arab army eliminates 41 terrorists in an ambush outside Damascus, storms hideouts in Aleppo province

PROVINCES,(ST)_At least 41 terrorists have been killed and 10 others injured in an ambush outside Damascus province amid reports of destroying several arms dumps in Lattakia province and storming terrorists' hideouts in Aleppo province.

In details, the official news agency reported on Friday that the armed forces eliminated 41 terrorists and injured 10 others and further seized weapons in an ambush in the surrounding of Al-Etaybeh lake in eastern Ghouta outside Damascus.

A military source made it clear that the 51 terrorists belong to al-Nusra Front and the so-called 'Islamic' brigade and some of them were of Saudi, Qatari and Iraqi nationalities, adding that the seized weapons included Israeli-made anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), rifles and RPGs.

"The ambush was carried out in cooperation with locals of the eastern Ghouta and according to information stating that terrorists from al-Nusra Front and the so-called 'Islamic' brigade will flee al-Nashabeyeh area towards Meda'a because the armed forces have clamped down on them," the military source said.

It confirmed that the armed terrorist groups in the eastern Ghouta used young people to perpetrate criminal acts.

"Over the past period, dozens of terrorists were eliminated in 7 ambushes carried out in the same area," the source said.

Furthermore, the armed forces carried out another ambush on Tal Trira-Knaker road outside Damascus and killed many terrorists.

Other terrorists died when the armed forces targeted terrorists and their weapons in farms of Rima and al-Khaneq in Yabroud area and in Rankos area in Damascus countryside.

Wadi Barada explosion


Moving around 21km to the north-west of Damascus, precisely in Wadi Barada area, a car blasted when terrorists were booby-trapping it near 'Osama bin Zaid' Mosque in Wadi Barada market.

Several terrorists died in the blast that left casualties among citizens and caused the destruction of the entrance of the mosque. 

An official source said that 30 people wounded were in a critical condition and they have been admitted toal- Mowasa  Hospital.

30 terrorists killed

Back to results of military operations in other provinces, Alikhbaria al-Soreyeh TV Channel said that the armed forces crushed 30 terrorists and destroyed arms in towns of al-Shahrora, al-Dwerka, and al-Maroneyeh in northern Lattakia countryside.

It added that the armed forces made  progress in pursuing terrorists that infiltrated into Sadad town in Homs province.

The armed forces also stormed terrorists' hideouts in Kweris town in Aleppo province and mowed down many of them and destroyed weaponry in other towns.

They clashed with terrorists trying to sneak into al-Ashrafeyeh area in the same province.

Army cordons off buildings in Daraa

While, in southern Daraa province, the armed forces pressed ahead towards the old Customs area and cordoned several buildings there to cut off supply lines to armed terrorist groups.

Another progress was scored in Bosra square in the same province [Daraa] where the armed forces cordoned off the area to dismantle what has been described by an official source as the' network of conduits'.

The conduits are being used by terrorists to infiltrate into safe areas, the source said.

Basma Qaddour 

President Al-Assad phones electricity and petroleum ministers

DAMASCUS, (ST)-President Bashar Al-Assad phoned on Thursday ministers of electricity and petroleum .

During the phone call ,President Al-Assad thanked all workers, supervisors and engineers at the said ministries for their strenuous  efforts  they exerted and still exerting to restore the basic services whenever the infrastructure is subjected to terrorism in an attempt to sabotage it.

In this regard, President Al-Assad appreciated the rapid achievement of the workers to restore electricity to the citizens after targeting the gas pipeline by a terrorist act on Wednesday. 


Syria Arab army takes control of Htaitet al-Terkman area in eastern Ghouta


PROVINCES,(ST)_Units of the armed forces have imposed control over Htaitet al-Terkman area in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus and seized weapons for terrorists in Mazzeh area in Damascus, according to AlIkhbaria AlSoreyeh TV channel.

The TV channel quoted a military source as confirming that Htaitet al-Terkman area became under the control of the Syrian army after eliminating all terrorist groupings there.

In this context, the official news agency quoted a military source as saying that the fresh achievement comes after a tailored operation that took up less than 48 hours after cordoning off the area from several axes.

The source said: "As many as 100 terrorists died and 150 other injured in the operation," noting that the terrorists were belonging to al-Nusra Front, the so-called the "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant", and 'Seraj al-Haq' battalion.

It added that the armed forces are now hunting down the remained terrorists on the outskirt of Htaitet al-Terkman area.

The Beirut-based al-Mayadeen TV Channel screened an exclusive video on the area, which include many restaurants, after the army entered it.

"No civilians were living in the area. It was a military one and had seen fierce fighting," al-Mayadden' s correspondent said.

The terrorists were moving from Htaitet al-Terkman area to Shab'a town- which became under army's control three weeks ago- and to  Damascus International Airport road.

Weapons seized in Damascus

This development coincided with confiscating weapons in Basatin al-Razi area (al-Razi orchards) in Mazzeh area in the capital [Damascus].

According to the video screened by AlIkhbaria al-Soreyeh TV channel, the weapons included big quantity of bombs, walkie-talkies, rifles and bullets.

Al-Sekhneh town 'safe'

In another development, the armed forces restored stability and security to al-Sekhneh town outside Palmyra in Homs province. 

They also destroyed several tunnels stretching from sport club to Abo Khsebeh building and al-Sad road in southern Daraa province and clashed with terrorists in towns of Tafas, Izra'a, Bosra al-Harir, al-Meskeyeh, Nawa, al-Za'aror, al-hanot and Sida alGolan where dozens of terrorists were eliminated.

A military source told the official news agency that two arms-laden cars were destroyed by the armed forces and 12 terrorists died as they were planting an explosive device at the entry of Nomir town in western Daraa countryside.

More terrorists were killed in an ambush in Salaheddin quarter in northern Aleppo province and in clashes that erupted in quarters of al-Sheikh Kheder, al-Sakhour and Sliman al-Halabi in the same province.

Other clashes  raged between the armed forces and the armed terrorist groups trying to infiltrate into Mahen and Arak towns in central Homs province, according to the agency which confirmed continuity of cracking down on terrorists nationwide.

Homs explosion

In a separate incident, the province of Homs witnessed today a terrorists attack when a car bomb exploded in al-Ahram Street near al-Nezha quarter in the city.

At least 2 citizens were martyred and 40 others, including women and children, wounded by the blast.

More citizens were wounded when a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) hit an oil tank in 'al-Farabi' school in Bab Sba'a quarter in the same province.

The RPG was fired by terrorists.

The US, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey support the terrorists, who are perpetrating heinous crimes against citizens and soldiers and targeting the country's infrastructure. 

Basma Qaddour

Power supplies to Syrian cities blacked out by terrorist act to resume within 48 hours

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Supplies of electric power to the Syrian cities blacked out as a result of a terrorist act will resume within 48 hours, Syria’s Energy Minister Imad Khamis said Wednesday night.

A number of districts in Damascus and a few other cities in the country were blacked out Wednesday night as a result of a terrorist explosion on a pipeline delivering natural gas to a distribution substation in southern Damascus.

By the time of reporting, electricity outages had been confirmed in Tartous, Latakiya, Homs, and Tal Kalakh.


President Al-Assad refers 2014 state budget to People's Assembly

Damascus, (ST)- President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday referred to the People's Assembly a draft law on the general state budget for the 2014fiscal year  .

Earlier, the cabinet discussed the draft law of the state budget which focused on the priorities and goals of the strategy of governmental work and approving a budget that helps reduce the negative impact of the crisis in the country.