Army repel terrorist attack on Palmyra military prison

PROVINCES,(ST)-A military source said on Tuesday that armed forces killed and injured members of an armed terrorist group that tried to attack Palmyra Military Prison in Homs countryside.

It added that the armed forces also clashed with terrorists in south-west Palmyra city, and killed and injured most of them.

Meanwhile, units of the armed forces shelled terrorist groupings in countryside of Homs and Daraa.

Yesterday, the armed forces cleansed Bab Amr area in Homs from terrorists.

The terrorist groups, who commit criminal acts against citizens and destroy the country's infrastructure, are supported by Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France, Britain, and the US. 


Syrian National Dialogue Forum Concluded

DAMASCUS, (ST) – The Syrian National Dialogue Forum has stressed that the only way out of the crisis in Syria is unconditional dialogue.

Concluding its meeting on Monday, the two-day Forum affirmed the need to halt all forms of violence and called on all concerned parties  to join dialogue as soon as possible.

The conferees held the West responsible for the outcomes of the unjust economic siege which claimed the lives of many Syrians, pointing out that participants in the forum will prepare files to put those responsible for the siege to international trail and to assess the material losses caused by direct and indirect foreign intervention so as to ask for legitimate compensation.

The forum condemned in its final communique the Arab League's (AL) decision to offer the "armed Syrian opposition" Syria's AL seat.

"The Syrian Arab Army is the only legitimate party which has the right to carry weapon and the Syrians depend on this army to stop civil war possibilities.", the statement said.

It urged the government to accelerate efforts so as to improve the living standards of citizens and the logistic conditions of the Syrian Arab Army.

It also called on the government to pay compensations for the victims of terrorist acts, to deal positively with the issues of detention, kidnapping, refugees and displaced family and to punish corruptors.

The statement noted that the conferees agreed on main points relating to the Charter, the constitution, the state's authorities and the national unity government. More discussions are to be held within specialized committees meetings with the purpose of reaching specific formulas that is to be presented at coming dialogue forums and conferences.

They stressed the importance of organizing visits to some key capitals so as to explain the current situation and dangers as well as the basic humanitarian needs of citizens.

The forum warned of the ongoing developments at the borders with the Zionist enemy and of the Turkish direct interferences particularly at the Syrian-Turkish borders, stressing that these provocations necessitate launching popular resistance and action to liberate the occupied Syrian Golan and Iskenderun province which is still being occupied by Turkey.

H. Mustafa

AL Decisions Are Null, Void , of No Legal Effect –Ahmad

Damascus, (ST) _Ambassador Yusuf Ahmed stressed that Arab League replacement of a lifeless entity  by  a legitimate state with full sovereignty is illegal unprecedented act   that  allows all oppositions in all Arab countries to claim what  Istanbul Council gets in its new  formula.
In an interview with al-Mayadeen TV Channel on Monday,  Ahmad  said that  the purpose of this act is to  step Syria away from their meetings , noting that the AL  has made itself a party to the crisis in Syria and not part of the solution considering that  Syria views  any decision taken by the AL  at  different levels  as null and void and of no legal effect.

Ahmed added that the AL 's recent  decision to call on  arming  terrorist groups in Syria is dangerous and blatantly violates the AL Charter , adding that suspending the   participation of the Syrian delegations to the AL meetings  aims to  liquidate the Palestinian cause at the decision of the US, the Western countries and Israel.
Ahmed explained that the  practices of the Arab League towards the crisis in Syria was governed by four factors :   Saudi and Qatari led -Gulf  flagrant violation of the AL decisions in order to impose a political agenda linked to the interests of US and the West; absolute subordination of the AL 's Secretary-General and his assistants to what is  dictated by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC); the negative interaction of most Arab states by virtue of  their political or economic crises ; and the humble role  of few  Arab countries that refuse Gulf dominance  but are unable to prevent  statements and resolutions passed by the AL, including   Iraq, Algeria, and  Lebanon, to a certain extent.

Ahmed pointed out Qatar and  Saudi Arabia scheme  aims to bring discord into the region to implement American-Israeli agendas.


T. Fateh

Syrian UN Association debates political plan with committee concerned




DAMASCUS,(ST)_Prime Minister, once again, appealed to all loyal Syrian citizens including coordination committees  and gunmen, who lay down their weapons, to take part in the political process to surpass the ongoing crisis in the country.

Dr. Wael al-Halqi's remark came during a meeting held on Monday between the ministerial committee entrusted with materializing the endorsed three-stage political plan and the Board of Directors of the Syrian UN Association.

According to SANA, talks between the two sides revolved around steps taken thus far to pave the ground for launching national dialogue, political and economic situation in the country, and role of the Association in international activities and the Syrian society. .

The Association, which seeks to cement ties with the UN system and the Syrian Arab Republic, aims also to consolidate dialogue and peaceful co-existence as well as cooperation among peoples under the UN charter and international law principles.

Professor George Jabbor heads the Syrian UN Association.

On January 9th, 2013, the cabinet endorsed the political plan outlined by President Bashar al-Assad in January 6th-speech to resolve the crisis in Syria.

The ministerial committee, which was formed to implement the plan, includes Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Ministers of Information, Justice, National Reconciliation, Transport, Industry, Red Crescent Affairs, and People's Assembly Affairs.

Basma Qaddour  





President Al-Assad Appoints Hasaka Governor


DAMASCUS,(ST)-President Bashar Al-Assad today issued decree No.119 of the year 2013.

The decree provides for appointing judge Mohammad Za'al al-Ali as governor of Hasaka.


Rocket launcher and arsenals shelled in several provinces

PROVINCES,(ST)_Armed forces carried out on Monday series of qualitative operations in Jobar area in Damascus countryside, destroying explosive devices arsenal.

In Darayya, to the south east of the capital, the armed forces hunted down terrorists in several sites and killed most of them.

Meanwhile, many of terrorist groupings and arsenals in countryside of Lattakia, Idleb and Homs were shelled.

A rocket launcher in al-Rahmaleya village in Latttakia countryside was destroyed and a number of non Syrian snipers were also killed there.

In addition, the armed forces repelled terrorists' attempt to blast 5 explosive devices, of the weight 40-50 kg each, planted between two villages (Orm al-Joz and Kafer Shalaya) in Idleb countryside.

 The Syrian Arab Army is fighting foreign-backed terrorists to restore stability and security all over the homeland.

The terrorist groups, who perpetrate heinous crimes against citizens and destroy the country's infrastructure, are funded and supported by Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France, and the US.


2 citizens martyred, 7 wounded in fresh mortar attacks

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ A citizen was martyred and other seven were wounded in mortar shells hit surrounding of the Opera House in Damascus.

Terrorists fired today (Monday) several mortar rounds on the surrounding of the Opera House, according to SANA.  

The Syrian al-Ikhbareia TV channel's cameramen and his assistant, who arrived at the scene to shoot aftermath of the terrorist act, are reportedly among the wounded.

The terrorist attack caused serious material damages in the Opera House.

Elsewhere, a mortar round landed near "Omaya" School in Baghdad Street in Damascus leaving material damages.

On the other hand, an official source said that terrorists detonated an explosive device attached to a private car at al-Azbakeya station in Damascus. The driver was martyred.