Turkish Passengers Planes Prohibited from Flights over Syria

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ Syria prohibited Turkish Passengers Planes to use the Syrian Arab Republic airspace starting from the midnight of Saturday, October the 13th, 2012.

The Syrian decision came in response to an earlier similar Turkish decision and in line with the principle of reciprocity, a press communiqué issued by the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry stated.

The Ministry added that the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic regrets the Turkish Government escalatory decision, which targets but first and foremost the interests of the Syrian People.

The Turkish commandos broke into a Syrian Airbus A320 passenger plane with 30 passengers on board after intercepting and forcing it  to land in Ankara Airport as it entered Turkish air space last Wednesday.


M.A. Al-Ibrahim

PM inaugurates vital projects in Lattakia

LATTAKIA, (ST) –Marking the 39th anniversary of  the October Liberation War, Premier Dr. Wael al-Halqi, on Saturday inaugurated al-Basel Hospital for Cardiology & Heart Surgery and the Education Faculty at Tishreen University in Lattakia with a total cost exceeding  2  billion Syrian Pounds .

" The government is exerting strenuous efforts to meet   the Syrian people's needs in all domains of life including  services, development and investment institutions despite current crisis, " al-Halqi told reporters.

"The inauguration of the Education Faculty came within the government's plan to increase the capacity of universities to cope with population growth and the graduates of the secondary schools as well", adding, that as the education is considered  one of the most important investment sectors, the government accords attention to higher education.".

The faculty seat 8,000 students.

As for al-Basel Center for Cardiology and Heart Surgery in Lattakia, equipped with hi-tech equipment, al-Halqi stressed that it is  a qualitative addition  to other Heart Surgery centers opened in Aleppo and Damascus to provide patients with essential health care services, adding that more  centers are due to be opened in Deir Ezzor, al-Rastan  and the entire  Syrian provinces to meet citizens' needs and improve health sector in Syria.

"At President Bashar Al-Assad's directives, the government will continue   building the safe and renewed Syria despite all challenges facing the country. Syria is fighting an open war against terrorism but at the same time, we work to fulfill the Syrian people's development requirements," said al-Halqi.

Al-Halqi went on saying that the government is carrying out two health projects in Lattakia city and other projects in the province, particularly Jableh National Hospital which al-Bustan Charity will establish with a total cost of more than SP 1.5 bln.

Dr. al-Halqi underlined the NGO's role as regards spreading health services across the country.

In this respect, he hailed the efforts exerted by al-Bustan Charity and other NGO's in health, development and services sectors in current crisis, especially in the framework of solving the issue of those who were displaced and affected by the armed groups' terrorist acts.

Later on, Prime Minister al-Halqi chaired a meeting at Tishreen University Hospital in Lattakia and reviewed means to overcome obstacles regarding providing technical and medical equipment to be put into force.

The premier agreed on allocating SP 50 mln to support the hospital and ensure the availability of Chemotherapy medications for cancer diseases and other treatment needs.

Al-Halqi then  toured the Chemotherapy and Radiation Treatment Center in the hospital where he was briefed by the medical cadre on work mechanism and services provided.

Following his tour, Al;-Halqi addressed journalists confirming  that the hospital has the capacity to accommodate 854 beds in the benefit of patients and staff..

"The government will spare no efforts  to ensure all medical and technical equipment to the hospital," al-Halqi concluded.



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Syria welcomes Lavrov's statement

  Damascus (ST)- Foreign and Expatriates Ministry has welcomed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's statement on making direct communications channel 

between Syria and Turkey.

Lavrov made his statement before the Russian Federation Council on October 10.

"Syria expressed to the Russian ambassador in Damascus  readiness to set up a joint Syrian-Turkish security committee, tasked with  finding  a proper mechanism to control the security situation on borders in a way that honors  the two countries ' national sovereignty," the ministry affirmed, according to SANA


PM inaugurates vital projects in Lattakia

Lattakia,(ST)-Premier Wael al-Halqi on Saturday inaugurates al_Bassel Hospital for Cardiology and Heart Surgery

He also inaugurates the Education Faculty Building at the Lattakia-based Tishreen University. The total cost of the said projects exceeded 2 bln SP, according to SANA. ٍ



Syria condemns killing of Al-Ikhbariya photographer

 DAMASCUS, (ST)_ On October 10, armed terrorist groups killed the photographer of al-Ikhbariya TV, Mohammad al-Ashram, in Deir Ezzor city, 400km northeast of Damascus.

 All Syrian media condemned the terrorist act which targeted Al-Ashram while he was conveying the reality of what is going on in the city.

  The Syrian Journalists Union issued a statement which called on Arab and international organizations to denounce that criminal act and prosecute its perpetrators.

 "Once again, terrorism targets the media without any deterrent of conscience or moral.. Today al-Ikhbariya TV photographer was martyred, while he was in  duty mission in Deir Ezzor, at the hands of terrorists," the statement said.

 Director of al-Ikhbariya TV, Imad Sara, said that the martyrdom of al-Ashram while carrying out his national duty of conveying  the truth of what is happening in Syria will enhance al-Ikhbariyah staff   determination to cling more to truth, the Syrian Arab News Agency ( SANA) quoted Sara as saying.

 “The terrorists had abducted al-Ashram and tortured him, and even burned down his house and his mother's house, because he insisted to do his job for Syria's sake,” SANA said.

 On June 27, terrorist armed groups attacked al-Ikhbariya Station’s offices in Drousha area , 20km southwestern Damascus, destroyed its three studios and news room, and  killed three of its workers in cold blood.

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Syria Army continued Operations against Foreign-backed Terrorists

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ The Syria Arab Army continued its successful  operations Friday against the foreign-backed armed terrorist groups in different parts of the Syrian territories.

Tens of mercenary terrorists were wounded or killed, DShK-equipped and armored cars destroyed, stockpiles of weapons, ammunition, bombs, rocket-launchers, explosives, electronic and satellite transmission devices confiscated.

The Army cleaning operations covered scores of locations and hideouts in Aleppo, Aleppo Countryside, Homs, Homs Countryside, Hama, Daraa Countryside, Damascus Countryside, Hassaka, and Lattakia.

Meantime, an explosion inside a house used for explosive devices manufacturing at Yarmouk Camp in Damascus caused the death of several passersby as well as inhabitants of the 4-storey building.

Two floors of the building collapsed, huge material damage were reported, and the terrorists inside the cellar of the building were killed, according to SANA.

Syria has been facing for more than a year and a half a wave of terrorist attacks by foreign-backed mercenary terrorist groups, mainly linked to al-Qaeda.


 M.A. Al-Ibrahim  

37 Syrian University Students from the Occupied Syrian Golan Arrive Home

 .QUNEITRA, (ST)_ 37 Syrian university students from the occupied Syrian Golan arrived here Friday with the help of the international committee of the Red Cross and the UN Disengagement of Forces troops.

The Syrian Golan students for 2012-2013 academic year, more than 200 students, have faced a lot of deliberate delay and procrastination by the Israeli occupation Authorities.

Quneitra Governor, Dr. Malik Mohammad Ali, asserted in press statements published by SANA, that the day of liberating the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan is 'near' and that all the terrorist practices of the Israeli occupation would never prevent the Syrians in the Golan from the continuation of their resistance and struggle as to liberate the Golan and restore every grain of its soil.

 In statements to SANA, the students voiced pleasure to be in their mother homeland and reiterated their commitment, resistance, steadfastness and belonging to their homeland and their persistence and excellence in their studies and higher education- free of charge-.


M.A. Al-Ibrahim