PA Speaker: International Community Should Undertake Responsibility to Stop Terrorism Support


DAMASCUS, (ST) - The International Community should undertake humanitarian responsibility towards Syria through stopping the war being waged on  the country and putting pressure on involved countries to stop arming and financing terrorists in Syria, underlined Speaker of the people's Assembly (PA) Mohammad Jihad al-Lahham.

Al-Lahham, who was speaking during a workshop on the PA's role in alleviating the repercussions of the crisis in Syria on maternity and childhood, stressed the need for collective international community efforts in order to confront the terrorism to which Syria is being exposed and to cooperate with the government in order to implement the proposed political program and lift the economic sanctions which target the basic needs of the Syrian citizens.

He also urged all concerned government and civil society parties in Syria to work hard to ease the destructive impacts of the crisis on the psychological and cultural conditions of Syrian children and women.     

The PA speaker pointed out that the workshop, which  was held in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund, is important since it presents ideas and provides solutions aiming to help the Syrian society be stronger in the face of the global war waged against the country.

He said the workshop brought together representatives of government, civil society and international bodies within the framework of an "extraordinary humanitarian mission prompted by the open war on Syria."

"The constitution of the Syrian Arab Republic has guaranteed the basic rights of Syrian women and children," al-Lahham said, pointing out that the great achievements attained for women and children in Syria have been the target of armed terrorist groups over the past two years.

He stressed that exploiting children in armed conflicts is one of the worst forms of child employment, calling for developing cultural and social programs to protect the Syrian family, particularly children and women, from exploitation at war times.

Al-Lahham stressed that all concerned parties are exerting extraordinary efforts to meet the basic needs of the terrorism-hit families.

Omar Balllan, Representative of the UNPF said that the fund's response plan for the second half of this year aims to support the government's efforts aiming to provide humanitarian assistance to victims of the ongoing events in Syria. 

H. Mustafa

Syrian, Turkish Citizens Staged Sit In Against Erdogan Policies

DAMASCUS,(ST) _ Syrian and Turkish citizens yesterday  staged a sit in , in front of the Turkish Embassy in Damascus in solidarity with the Turkish people against the policies of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government.

Participants in the sit- in chanted Syrian national songs and slogans  condemning the policies of the ruling Justice and Development represented by Erdogan , carrying  banners emphasizing the special relationship between the Syrian and Turkish peoples,  denouncing the repression used by  Erdogan forces against  the protesters in different parts of Turkey and his government's support of terrorists to spill the blood of Syrians and  steal their Industrial firms  in Aleppo.

Turkish citizen Jinan Jan stressed  that the Syrian and Turkish peoples are brothers and neighbors throughout history and that "the Turkish people demand the departure of Erdogan who participated in  the killing of the Syrian , Libyan and Iraqi people continues his crimes of killing the Turkish people." 

Ismail Recep , another Turkish citizen noted  that  the policies pursued by  Justice and Development Party in Turkey and against  Syria and its people shows that it is  a tool to implement foreign policies that do not serve the interests of Turkey, stressing Turkish people stand  against of Erdogan's hostility towards Syria and the repressive policy against  his people .

Dr Abdul Hadi Nasri Secretary of Aleppo  Secretariat for national principles , stressed  solidarity of the Syrian people with the Turkish people against Erdogan 's  government policies , pointing out that the Secretariat had filed a lawsuit against Erdogan for his involvement in the theft of Aleppo monuments,  Tribune of the  Umayyad Mosque and the endowment library.

For hios part,  Omar Osei member of the Syrian  Parliament, and  Chairman of the National Initiative for Syrian Kurds called for  solidarity of the various components of the Syrian people with the Turkish people in the face of Erdogan and his party policies , saying that "the expansion of the Turkish  Revolution to  different regions and  being joined by labor unions marked the beginning of a decline in the influence of political Islam in the region after lifting the American  lid , and that the revolution of the Turkish people  will end in  the withdrawal of Erdogan and his group from the political scene. "

Osei considered  Erdogan's involvement in the plot and the war on Syria and his direct participation in killing the  Syrians through funding and sending arms and terrorists and provide them with a safe haven as one of the reasons for the Turkish Revolution. 

Firas Qasqas, member of Syria volunteering  team called  "on the Turkish authorities to listen to the voices of the Turkish people , demanding  freedom and refrain from hostile policies towards its own people and the Syrian people".


T. Fateh 

Syrian Arab army pounds bomb-making factories outside capital

PROVINCES,(ST)_Units of the armed forces advanced outside Idlib province while several bomb-making factories, mortars and machine guns are reportedly obliterated in the countryside of Damascus, Lattakia and Daraa provinces. 

 According to the Syrian TV channel, units of the armed forces today imposed control over two towns- al-Hamedeyeh and Em Jrin- outside Idlib province after cleansing them of al-Nusra Front-affiliated terrorists.

This advance coincided with pounding several bomb-making factories, mortars and machine guns outside Damascus, Lattakia, Daraa and Idlib provinces.

Some 3 bomb-making factories and mortars were pounded in the industrial area in Doma suburb outside the capital amid reports of eliminating dozens of terrorists in al-Mliha, Doma, Adra al-Balad, Barzeh, and Darayya areas in the same province.

At the same time, units of the armed forces destroyed an arms cache and many hideouts of terrorists in several towns outside Lattakia, Daraa and Idlib.

Most of the terrorists killed in the said provinces were foreigners, according to a military source.

On the other hand, units of the armed forces dismantled several explosive devices planted in Kafr Shamsin, and on Samlin-Jasem route outside southern Daraa province.

infiltration bid foiled

In  addition, the armed forces repelled last night an attempt of the terrorist groups to infiltrate from Lebanon into Syria through Tal Kalkh area in Homs countryside.

An official source in the province (Homs) stated that units of the armed forces targeted today terrorist groupings outside al-Hole and in al-Rastan amid reports of foiling the terrorists' bid to detonate two explosive devices on alTayfor-Palmyra road.

US-Israeli weapons seized

Meanwhile, the competent authorities confiscated Israeli and US made weapons and ammunitions plus remittance notes from the Gulf region and

foreign states in al-Midan quarter in Banyas city.

"Three terrorists were nabbed in tunnels found in the same city," an official source said, noting that 10 tunnels containing field hospital were found there.     


Terrorist attacks

In another development, at least 4 citizens have been wounded in two terrorist attacks in al-Qameshli and Damascus provinces.

At dawn today, terrorists detonated an explosive device planted near 'al-Qadeseyeh' school in a al-Wehdeh quarter in al-Qameshli city leaving three citizens wounded and damages at the scene.

"The wounded were admitted to the national hospital in the city," an official source said.

However, the second terrorist attack targeted the deputy dean of the Faculty of Arts at Damascus University, Dr. Seham al-Danon,who is now in a critical condition.

"A few minutes after getting into her car, the terrorists blasted an explosive device pasted to her car in al-Shaghour area in Damascus," a source at the Police Command said.


Deputy PM in Al-Qseir: Government Allocates SYP 300mln to Rehabilitation Works

 AL-QSEIR, HOMS, (ST)-  Prime Minister for Services Affairs Omar Ghalawanji visited the city of al-Qseir in Homs countryside to inspect restoration and rehabilitation works being carried out in the city after the Syrian Arab Army had rid al-Qseir of terrorism and restored security and stability to the people there.

Ghalawanji, who was accompanied by a ministerial delegation comprising the ministers of electricity, health, water resources and public works, announced that the government transformed  (SYP) 300 million to Homs governorate with the purpose of distributing them on al-Qseir citizens in the form of in advance cash to help them restore their houses and shops damaged by the acts of the armed terrorist groups.

"The transformed money will be distributed as in advance cash on citizens with (SYP) 100 thousand for each one who seeks returning home,"  Ghalawanji said in a statement to journalists.

He pointed out that continuous restoration works indicate the workers determination to rebuild al-Qseir and rehabilitate its infrastructure, stressing that electricity and water will completely return to the city within days.

Ghalawanji stressed that the government is keen to provide citizens with necessary support and aid in order to help them return to their houses and to make their basic needs available.

For his part, Electricity Minister Emad Khamis explained that the damage caused to electricity network in al-Qseir is assessed at more than (SYP) 800mln and that maintenance works are being accelerated to ensure quick return of electricity to the city.

Ministers of health, public works and water resources stressed their keenness to press ahead with rehabilitation works so as the people of al-Qseir can return to their houses as soon as possible.   

H. Mustafa

Jaafari: The World is a Witness for Armed Terrorist Groups Crimes against Syrian Children

NEW YORK (ST) _Syria 's Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Bashar Jaafari stressed that  whole world  saw the  series of crimes committed by armed terrorist groups of killing, slaughtering  and harassing  Syrian children, while  international reports made  by the UN  took two years to realize that the takfiri terrorist groups recruit children into their ranks, pointing out that the Syrian government is obliged to its commitments to protect its  citizens, especially children, and that each violation of the safety and security of those children is subject to strict accountability mechanisms.


Regrettably, UN special representative took more  than two years to include the terrorist armed groups on the list of shame over  recruiting Syrian children in its ranks .

In a speech on Monday  at the UN Security Council  special session on the use of children in armed  conflict Jaafari said: "  Although the  Special Representative of the  UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui indicated in her  report for the first time crimes and abuses committed by armed terrorist groups, particularly recruitment of children but what is regrettable that she  needed over  two years - during which dozens of  media and political reports were issued  by Salafi and Wahhabi Takfiri  to recruit children in their ranks - to put today these terrorist armed groups on the list of shame .

" We had hoped that the UN Special Representative had requested in its recommendation in the report on Syria , known countries to stop  media , intelligence  and weapon support to these terrorist  groups and  lift unilateral  economic procedures imposed on Syrian people , killing  mainly children because  of the absence  of  development programs and weakening  of the  national economy." Jaafari continued.

"One   reason for our concern is the insistence of the UN Special Representative to include  the  Syrian government forces, on the report annexed  list and blaming it  for bombing schools and hospitals, killing and maiming children and allegations of  sexual violence against them." He underscored.

Jaafari  explained that Syria received the UN  special representative  by the end of 2012  and she was given  documented  information  from the minister of education  on the extent of terrorism practiced against  the  education sector and schools by armed terrorist groups  and although  she conducted extensive field visits to schools, hospitals and shelters in Damascus , and Homs and their countryside  , she opted to ignore what she saw to  that the   Syrian government  is using  schools as shelters for displaced families.

Jaafari also noted the deliberate  repeated attacks by  the armed terrorist groups against  educational institutions in Syria in documented cases in which parents were forced not to send  their children to school by  bombing of improvised explosive devices against  schools , recalling the  bombing of the Faculties  of Engineering at Aleppo and  Damascus universities.

He went on  that armed terrorist groups  ravaged, burned and stole more than 35 percent of Syrian hospitals , noting that the UN representative was given videos on preparations carried out by terrorists to blow up al-Qusair hospital  and then the bombing incident itself, which took place on September 5, 2012 ."  However , there is no mention to  the  horrific crime in the report."Jaafari underscored.

A series of disgusting crimes committed by armed terrorist groups against children since the beginning of the crisis

 As for  killing and maiming of children , Jaafari said that the whole world witnessed a series of disgusting crimes committed by armed groups  against children since the beginning of the crisis , noting that 14-year old child Mohammed Qatta  was fired to death several days ago by members of al-Nusra affiliated  fundamentalist terrorist battalion  after he was tortured in front of his father and mother under  charges of blasphemy in Aleppo.

He cited other examples:   4-year old Child, Faisal , who was hanged by  extremist groups in Aleppo late 2012 after rape and when  Al Arabia Channel  enthusiastically two days ago aired  a Kuwaiti Wahabbi Sheikh called  Shafi Al-Ajmi  as boasting  in his sermons  for slaughtering  Syrian children in Hatla village in Deir Ezz Zour.

Jaafari  questioned  how  armed terrorist groups crimes of  rape ,sexual assault and murder against women and young girls in Syria are not mentioned  in the reports of the UN Special Representative in spite of all the reports that have documented abuse by these  groups in  ping  and sexually abusing  women and girls , while  sponsors of that terrorist groups in  some Gulf  petrodollar chiefdoms issued  fatwas on satellite channels allow them such crimes under the guise of what they called "sexual jihad" .

" We deplore allocating  13 paragraphs in the report to talk about the Syrian Arab Republic with total disregard to any reference to the suffering of Syrian children living under Israeli occupation in the occupied Syrian Golan ," Jaafari said adding: "we repeatedly diverted Ms. Zerrougui attention since she assumed her  office to the need to give this issue its due importance  in her  reports, but unfortunately, she  did not respond ."

 In conclusion of his speech  Jaafari said that the Syrian government is committed to its obligations  on protecting  its citizens, especially children, noting that the Syrian government adopted on  May 6, 2013  a law provided for adding articles to the Penal Code, on criminalization of Involving  children under the age of 18 of  any kind of  acts of hostilities and the punishment of hard labor from 10 to 20 years and a penalty of  hard labor for life for crimes of raping  girls under 15 year old  . He stressed the Syrian government readiness for a fruitful cooperation that puts things straight away from any politicization or service to political agendas that violate relevant UN Security council  resolutions , especially UN resolution  No.1379.


T. Fateh

Al-Halqi : national media must be re-shaped

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Prime Minister has praised the national media's role in confronting the fierce war against the country but criticized it for being sentimental in covering the ongoing events . 

Dr. Wael al-Halqi has asked the National Information Council (NIC), recently reshuffled, to coordinate with the Information Ministry in drawing up policies on re-structuring the national media and benefitting from the highly-qualified cadre. 

Speaking in a meeting with the Head and members of the NIC chaired by Mohammad Razouq, he underscored that the media must be a real national industry based on well-qualified cadre and high-tech.

 The meeting today zeroed in on the mechanism of developing the national media and its requirements.

 Basma Qaddour 

Syrian Arab army deals a heavy blow to terrorists

PROVINCES,(ST)_Aleppo province has been the scene of heavy fighting between units of the armed forces and al-Nusra Front-affiliated terrorists amid reports of dismantling Israeli-made mines in the country's southern province. 

In details, units of the armed forces clashed today with terrorists of al-Nusra Front in towns of Meneg, Byanon, and al-Layramon and squares of  al-Jazmati and al-Sakhour in Aleppo province and its surrounding. 

The clashes resulted in eliminating an unknown number of terrorists and destroying their weapons including machineguns and mortars. 

Several hideouts of terrorists have been reportedly pounded on Kafernaha road in Khan al-Assal area in the same province, according to a military source. 

Israel-made mines in Daraa 

At the same time, a unit of the armed forces confronted a terrorist group's attack on a garrison at Jellin square in southern Daraa province where many mines , some made in Israel, and explosive devices were dismantled.

 Other confrontations took place in the central Homs province when terrorists tried to attack Joret al-Shayyah quarter and to sneak into the city through tunnels in al-Waer quarter. Most of the terrorists were reportedly killed.

 Several gas wells under army's control   

The confrontations coincided with targeting several terrorist groupings outside al-Holeh and in quarters of al-Khaledeyeh and al-Qarabis in Homs besides hunting down an armed terrorist groups outside Palmyra.

 The armed forces reportedly imposed control over several gas wells in Palmyra countryside.

 Clashes outside capital   

In Damascus countryside, intense clashes broke out in Babbila and Erbin suburbs and south al-Sayedeh Zainab area and in Halbon town where 2 terrorist ringleaders and gangsters were crushed.

 Moreover, a terrorist sniper was killed in a farm in Harasta suburb, west of the international road.

 Meanwhile, a unit of the armed forces carried out a qualitative operation in Lattakia countryside which resulted in pounding an arms cache in al-Hayat town. 

An official source declared that all terrorists , who were inside the cache, were killed, adding: "terrorists carrying foreign nationalities were among the dead." 

In Hassaka province, a unit of the armed forces confronted terrorists' attack on a military checkpoint at the western al-Nashweh quarter. Most of the terrorists were eliminated. 

In a separate incident, a car bomb explosion in al-Dwereneh town in eastern Aleppo countryside caused serious damages to the infrastructure and the  abutment buildings. No one was hurt.

 Syria is at a state of war and its army fights foreign-backed terrorists, who systematically work to destroy the national economy and shed the Syrian people's blood across the country. 

The US, France, Britain, Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia support the terrorists by all means.