Al-Shammat : Preparing for 2014Humanitarian Response Plan

DAMASCUS, (ST) -  Dr. Kinda al-Shammat, Minister of Social Affairs,called upon  the NGOsto prepare for the humanitarian aid  program in the frame work of the humanitarian response plan for the year 2014.

Dr.Shamat was quoted by SANA as saying :"NGOs should submit their plans and projectsfor 2014,in addition to collect the number  of the targeted families in all the areas," .

She also Highlighted the co-operation and co-ordination between the NGOs and the public sector to facilitate delivering the humanitarian aids to all people who are affected  because of the armed terrorist groups' acts.


Terrorist attack on gas pipelines

DAMASCUS, (ST)- In a statement to the state-run news agency, Electricity Minister Imad Khamis on Wednesday said that a terrorist attack on the gas pipelines which feed the electricity generating stations has caused electricity cut off in a number of Syrian cities.

"the maintenance workshops are working to mend the defect and restore electricity to the Syrian regions, "underscored Khamis. 


Syrian Arab army regains control over air-defense barrack outside Damascus---terrorists kill 9 citizens in rocket attacks

PROVINCES, (ST)_A strategic  victory has been recorded in the 'capital Shield' operation and accurate strikes have been launched in Aleppo and Idlib provinces, while terrorists kill 9 citizens and wound 42 others in mortar and rocket attacks in Damascus and Aleppo provinces.

In details, the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen TV channel reported today that the strategic air-defense barrack in Htatitet al-Terkman area became under the control of the Syrian army which started yesterday the operation of cleansing the area of terrorists. 

Imposing control over Htatitet al-Terkman area,  located on the Damascus International Airport road, would cut off the route between the western and eastern Ghouta and would complete the restoration of stability and security to Shab'a town , according to the Damascus-based al-Watan newspaper.

Htatitet al-Terkman area is located to the east of Shab'a town in  eastern Ghouta.

Not only the eastern Ghouta but also the other flashpoint areas in Damascus countryside (Western Ghouta, al-Qalamon ) are still witnessing fierce fighting between the armed forces and the armed terrorist groups. 

'Accurate' strikes

As for developments in Aleppo and Idlib provinces, the official news agency said that the armed forces carried out what has been described by a military source as 'accurate and tailored' operations against terrorists' hideouts in towns of al-jadedeh, Kweris, and Rasm al-Abboud in the eastern Aleppo countryside.

It added that operations resulted in destroying rocket launchers and mortar shells as well as a chunk of arms.

The agency quoted a military source as saying that several weaponry-loaded cars were destroyed to the north of Der Hafer and on Aleppo-AlBab road as well as in the industrial city in al-Sheikh Najjar and to the north of al-Sfira town.

More weapons were destroyed and several terrorist groupings were wiped out in towns of al-Debsheyeh, al-Barghethi, Kafr Shlaya, Kafr Jales, Sermin and on the outskirts of Jabal al-Arba'en and Saraqib area in Idlib provinces.

Moreover, the armed forces pounded a hideout of an armed terrorist group and eliminated roughly 30 gangsters, some of Egyptian and Iraqi nationalities, in al-Enqeyeh town outside Hama.

More terrorists were crushed in central Homs province where the armed forces continued pursuing terrorists in Sadad town and raided terrorist groups in quarters of Joret al-Shayah, al-Qarabis and al-Qosor. 


Rockets and shells hit Aleppo and Damascus 

Regarding terrorist attacks, it was reported that the terrorist groups fired rockets and shells on residential areas in Aleppo, Damascus and Damascus countryside provinces. 

At least 6 citizens were martyred and 30 others wounded when 3 rockets hit square of Sa'adallah al-Jaberi in Aleppo city, a police command source said.

Other 7 citizens were wounded by mortar attacks targeted Jaramana city outside Damascus and faculty of science, the old Exhibition city and the surroundings of Sheraton Hotel in the heart of Damascus.

Later on, al-Mayadeen TV channel said that 3 citizens were killed and 5 others wounded when 6 shells landed at al-Abbaseyen square in Damascus.

The foreign-backed terrorist groups daily fire rockets and shells on residential areas nationwide.

The US, Britain, France, Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia support the terrorists who are operating in Syria by all means to serve Israel's interest in the region.

Basma Qaddour  

Foreign Ministry: only Syrians select their leadership

DAMASCUS, (ST)- " at their final meeting in Luxemburg on October 21st, 2013,  the European Foreign Ministers adopted a number  of conclusions on Syria. These conclusions are diametrically based on ignorance  of  what is going on in Syria  and  simply expresses hostility against the Syrian people, "underscored an official spokesman of the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry.

"The EU has adopted destructive polices against Syria, based on supporting the terrorist groups which shed the Syrians' blood and increase their suffering through imposing  illegitimate sanctions that negatively impact their livelihood," the spokesman added in a statement on Wednesday.

"The text of the EU foreign ministers' statement includes shy reference to the increasing number of foreign extremist sides in the fighting in Syria which requires the EU states to take clear stances in condemning terrorism and adopt suitable measures to halt the flow of the terrorists into Syria," the spokesman said.

Turning a blind eye to the complete cooperation Syria has shown with the international experts ,the statement referred to the hypocrisy of the EU Ministers when they talked about the decision of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the UN Security Council resolution 2118.

The Spokesman made it clear that those states have forgotten that Israel didn't join yet any treaty that aims to ban the proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction, saying nothing about foiling the international efforts to hold an international conference to declare the Middle East a region free of WMD.

" Syria has repeatedly affirmed commitment to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria, based on dialogue among the Syrians, respect their sovereignty without any foreign intervention, "affirmed the statement.

"Syria also underlined readiness to attend Geneva conference and make it a success without preconditions or any foreign intervention… Syria stresses that the Syrian people are the only ones who select their leadership, draw Syria's present and future," the Foreign Ministry said.

Furthermore, the Syrian government, which spares no effort to provide the basic needs for its citizens, points out to the political, moral responsibility assumed by the EU and its member states in escalating the humanitarian conditions in Syria due to the unilateral sanctions and the support offered by some EU states to terrorism in Syria, affirming that improving the humanitarian conditions in Syria requires the beginning in lifting the EU sanctions without preconditions instead of giving weapon and money to the terrorist groups.

" the Syrians are determined to combat terrorism, restore security and stability to the country, "underlined the statement.

Syria: Terrorist groups continue to target residential areas in Damascus

The armed terrorist groups continue to target with indiscriminate mortar attacks the residential areas and civil institutions in Damascus and its environs, the Foreign and Expatriates ministry said.

In two identical letters addressed to the UN Secretary General and President of the United Nations Security Council, the ministry said Jaramana city in Damascus countryside came, on October 22m 2013,  under an attack by random mortar shells that left 6 citizens dead and 40 injured, among them 15 students, some critically.

"The armed terrorist groups with extremist indoctrination committed an atrocity in Hama city on October 20, 2013, killing 37 citizens, among them two children and a number of university students and leaving scores injured when a terrorist in a truck loaded with 1.5 tons of explosives bomb blew himself up  near the Agricultural Mechanization Company, at a time when the area was thronged with private and public cars,'' the letters pointed out.

''Jabhat al-Nusra, one of al-Qaeda offshoots, claimed responsibility for the brutal attack. The letters said.

Hence, Syria condemns the double-standard policies that some countries, including some UN Security council permanent member states , seek to embrace in the international approach to the counter-terrorism issue., the letters said.

" these policies have materialized in preventing the UN Security Council from condemning numerous terrorist crimes committed by al-Qaeda that left hundreds of civilians dead, as these countries continue to offer all kinds of logistical and military support to these groups under different pretexts, "stressed the ministry.

"The UN charter assumes the responsibility of  keeping  international peace and security, so it has to guarantee the countries' respect for their legal commitments," the Ministry concluded.  


Al-Jaafari : Zionist Entity Keeps Ignoring UN Resolutions, Cooperating with Terrorists

NEW YORK-The Israeli-Qatari collusion and cooperation with the fundamentalist terrorists, who have been wreaking havoc at the Forces Disintegration Zone in the occupied Golan, integrates and goes in line with the policies of these two parties against Syria's stability and security and against the safety of the forces of the United Nations itself, Syria's UN Permanent Representative Bashar al-Jaafari said.

 Al-Jaafari, who was speaking at a UNSC session dedicated to discuss the situation in the Middle East, stressed that Israel has been for more than half a century ignoring all the UN resolutions relating to the Israeli occupation of Arab territories and has also been committing war crimes and atrocities against humanity.

He reiterated that the regimes in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and some Western countries insist on wrong dealing with the Syrian situation in a blatant violation of the UN charter, the rules of the international law and the principle of settling conflicts peacefully.

Al-Jaafari criticized the UN disability to implement hundreds of resolutions adopted against Israel to end the Israeli occupation of Arab lands and help restoring rights to their owners, stressing that some influential countries should give up their double standards policies towards just Arab issues.

Syria's UN representative pointed out that the Israeli occupation forces provide assistance to armed terrorist groups in the forces disintegration zone in the occupied Syrian Golan through admitting the terrorists in Israeli hospitals, treating them and sending them back to continue their criminal acts. He stressed that this Israeli aid doesn't only violate international laws, resolutions and agreements, but also endangers the lives of UNDOF forces and hinders their peacekeeping mission.

Al-Jaafari referred to the incident of kidnapping UN peacekeepers by terrorist groups and to the collusion of the Qatari intelligence body in the kidnapping of Philippine peacekeepers.

International Community Should Pressure Israel to Join the NPT

In his statement at the meeting of the first Committee of the UN General Assembly's 68th Session , al-Jaafari stressed Syria's support for the international tendency towards establishing an international community that is free of violence or threat of using force whether nuclear or traditional. He called on the international community to pressure Israel to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Al-Jaafari asserted that getting rid of nuclear weapons completely is the only guarantee for not using them or threatening of using them.

He pointed out that after more than four decades of the signing of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it is important that the nuclear countries comply with the sixth article of the Treaty seriously in order to spare the world this danger.

Al-Jaafari  highlighted the need of forcing Israel to put all its nuclear facilities under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) according to Security Council resolutions No. 487 for 1981 and IAEA resolution No. 17 for 2009.

The Syrian diplomat said that Israel is not a party in any treaties or agreements that control the issue of the proliferation of mass destruction weapons, including NPT.

 H. Mustafa

Syrian Arab army starts cleansing Htaitet alTerkman town of terrorists---terrorists target school students


PROVINCES,(ST)_The operation of cleansing Htaitet alTerkman town, in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus, of foreign-backed terrorists has begun amid reports of eliminating several ringleaders belonging to the 'Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) in Lattakia province.

A military source declared today that the armed forces advanced in cracking down on terrorists in Htaitet alTerkman town and crushed large numbers.  

This advance came just few days after the declaration of scoring progress in the ongoing battles in al-Qalamoun and al-Moaddameyeh areas outside Damascus. It also synchronized with fierce fighting in the surrounding of Thameco Company at the entry of al-Mleha area and in restive suburbs of Jobar, Barzeh, Harasta, Duma, Yabroud and surroundings of Ma'aloula town.

4 ISIL's ringleaders killed

On the other hand, the armed forces eliminated an unknown number of terrorists, some of Arab nationalities, and destroyed several arms dumps in northern Lattakia countryside.

The official news agency said: "Units of the armed forces targeted terrorist groupings in towns of al-Kabir, Zahi, al-Soda and al-Foronloq reservation where big number of terrorists died."

It announced names of four ringleaders from the ISIL, carrying Palestinian, Tunisian, Iraqi, and Egyptian nationalities, and other terrorists of Lebanese, Jordanian, Moroccan, and Libyan nationals, among the dead.

More terrorists were reportedly killed when the armed forces struck their groupings, hideouts and weapons-laden cars in more than 14 locations in Homs, Aleppo and Idlib provinces.

The armed forces, in addition, continued warding off terrorists' bid to infiltrate into safe areas in Aleppo city and repelled an attack on Taldo Hospital in Homs province.

Mortar and rocket attacks kill 3, wound 33

In a separate incident, it was said that 7 shells landed on Jaramana suburb outside Damascus and several rockets hit al-Waer and al-Zahraa quarters and Ein al-Dananir town in Homs province.

Two shells hit Schools of 'Nazih Monzer' and 'Fayez Sa'ed' in al-Rawda alley in Jaramana suburb, around 8km to the south-east of the capital [Damascus]. 

At least 3 citizens were martyred and 32 others (including a teacher and 14 students) wounded in the attacks.

The shells and rockets were fired by terrorists.

Not only citizens were victims of terrorist acts today but also a media team who was wounded by detonation of an explosive device- planted by terrorists- on Khanaser-Aleppo road.

Al-Mayadeen TV channel reporter in Aleppo was among the wounded.

B. Qaddour 

Syrian Human Rights Network: Armed Groups, backed by False Opposition, Keep Committing Terrorist Acts


DAMASCUS- (ST)- The Syrian Human Rights Network has condemned the terrorist explosions which hit different areas in Syria and the mortar shells fired randomly by armed terrorist groups and which claimed the lives of innocent people including women, children and elderly.

In a statement, of which SANA received a copy on Tuesday, the network stressed that despite keen international efforts to solve the crisis in Syria, "the armed terrorist groups keep committing crimes and violating human rights with complete support from false opposition that serves foreign agendas and that aims only at hindering the political solution and getting more Syrian bloodshed."

The network described statements by some "opposition" representatives as hollow, clumsy and far from reality" as they aim at placing more obstacles in front of the international conference on Syria scheduled to be held in Geneva.

The human rights network categorically rejected the US State Secretary John Kerry's statement on specifying the opposition delegation representing the Syrian people, stressing that this is a kind of direct support for armed terrorist groups and for violence, and also is a kind of interference in the internal affairs of countries.

H. Mustafa