Displaced Syrian Families Returned Back from Lebanon


DAMASCUS COUNTRYSIDE,(ST)_ Several  displaced Syrian families who were  forced by  criminal acts of terrorist groups to leave their homes to Lebanon , returned back on Thursday , after receiving guarantees of having  a decent life, in the  course of implementing  the political program  set to resolve the crisis in Syria.

The returning families were welcomed at Yabus border center by the ministers of social affairs and labor and   Minister of State  for the Red Crescent affairs  and were escorted until their temporary accommodation center, Qudsaya  in Rural Damascus.

Members of the returning families stressed that Syria always remains a safe haven for all its people and expressed thanks for the facilities provided to them by the government for their  safe return to their homeland.

7-year old  child Hamza Ibumajar said  that he had left Syria with his family to Lebanon  because " the terrorists opened fire and missiles at his home" while said Sakina 9 years  said: "Since I am now in al-Sham  I'm not afraid any more . "

"We are returning back home, because no other place can compensate us our country," Maysa Isa mother of two sons and a daughter  said with outpouring nostalgia she had experienced, expressing hope that safety and stability  will be  back to all parts of Syria.

Haya Owaid said she is  returning with  her husband after nearly ten months of exile  and they had left their home as a result of repeated threats from terrorist groups , pointing out that " though they received great  attention and care from hosting  Lebanese families , Syria always remains the warm cuddling ."

She expressed hope that all Syrians will support the army to eradicate terrorism in all its forms.

Nada Al Zoubi, who returned with her husband and family said:  "we were forced nine months ago to get to Lebanon to escape the terrorist groups ", stressing that "Syria is our mother and we are her children and she is indispensable for all of us ". She called  on  all the displaced people to return immediately to the homeland.

In statements to pressmen , Minister of Social Affairs Kinda al-Shammat  noted the  social welfare programs  provided for the arriving  families at the temporary residence centers  that include social and psychological care and rehabilitation," indicating  that assistance will be given  to all returning families in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

T. Fateh

AL Decision to Give Syria' s Seat to " Coalition" is Null- ambassador

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ " The decision by the Arab League to give Syria's seat to Istanbul  Council in its  amended copy  of the so-called   "coalition" is a Qatari industry ," said  ambassador Youssef Ahmad,   describing this decision  as  null and void and of no legal effect because it is not based on the Arab League  Charter nor its  statutes and regulations.

In an interview with Syrian TV on Thursday night , Syria's former ambassador to the AL explained that the AL exercises systematic counterfeiting of  its charter and  agreements in order to make decisions serve U.S. , Israeli , Qatari  and Saudi interests.

" The  AL's  decision ended any role to resolving the crisis in Syria by peaceful means and at the same time makes of it a party to the crisis, not part of the solution," he said., pointing out that its call for this "coalition" to  occupy Syria 's seat to the AL contrasts with the first article of its charter, stressing that the third paragraph of this  illegal decision is a flagrant violation  of Arab national security.

" If the AL accepts this opposition party and placesit on the Syrian seat , this means it has  to agree on placing other oppositions  to occupy the  seats of other countries  like the ones in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

He indicated that since the beginning of this "earthquake" that ravaged some countries in the Arab world, the AL has taken positions that serve policies of the sheikhdoms of money, oil and gas which kidnapped the Arab decision and pursued a different policy complies   with their work agenda against Syria.

"Qatar plays a conspiratorial role on behalf of all the enemies of Syria and the Arab world, in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and Mali." he continued

He explained  that the Syrian people are  to decide their  representative and no one else  is entitled , pointing out that the  small chiefdom of Qatar with its financial surplus managed to kidnap the AL 's  decision from  large Arab countries who have had an influential role .

"The issue of Palestine and its agendas were absent from the Arab League since the suspension of Syria 's membership, pointing out that the contradictory position of the AL Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi on Thursday  reflected this fact very clear when he said that the Arabs were unable to express the simplest of  what Israel is doing in the Palestinian territories while he said  the opposite when dealing with the Syrian crisis, the  ambassador stressed."

T. Fateh

Dozens of terrorists killed in five provinces

PROVINCES,(ST)_Terrorist groups suffer heavy losses in countryside of Damascus, Idleb, Aleppo,Raqqa, and Der Ezzour as a result of qualitative operations carried out by armed forces in these areas.

The armed forces killed today (Thursday) dozens of terrorists and destroyed their weapons and vehicles in the said areas.

According to SANA the armed forces also clashed with terrorist groups, who were committing criminal acts against innocent people in the aforementioned areas.

Most of the terrorists were killed or injured.

Moreover, several terrorists were killed when they were booby-trapping a car inside a shop in" Wadi Barad" market in Damascus countryside. No citizen was hurt.  

The terrorist groups, who perpetrate criminal acts against citizens all over Syria and destroy infrastructure, are being supported by Turkey,Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France, Britain, and the US.


Syria calls on UNSC to condemn Turkish government's aggressive acts

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Foreign and Expatriates Ministry has slammed the UN Security Council sitting idly by as the Turkish government and some regional and international parties continue supporting al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist groups in Syria to fuel the crisis.

The ministry underscored in two identical letters sent today (Thursday) to the International Security Council's Head and the UN Secretary General that these aggressive practices (direct or indirect support for terrorists) are blatant violation of the international law, the UN resolutions related to combatting terrorism, and principle of not meddling in countries' internal affairs.

The letters included clues and accurate information about the involvement of the Turkish government in fueling the current crisis in Syria. 


"While the Turkish government explicitly declares through the remarks made by Prime Minister and Foreign Minister in Geneva, Vienna and Rome that it intervenes in the Syrian internal affairs, it goes ahead with sheltering, training, and funding the al-Qaeda-affiliated armed terrorist groups by all means," the ministry said.

It added that several Turkish MPs have recently raised before the Turkish Parliament a number of cases that proves the Turkish government's involvement in the ongoing crisis in Syria.

""Two months ago, the Turkish Interior Ministry permitted the Libyan "Intesar" ship, which was carrying 250 Libyan terrorists to enter Syria plus 400tons of weapons to be delivered to terrorists inside Syria,to enter Iskenderun Port.

In addition, the Turkish MP Atilla Kart from the Republican People's Party submitted an enquiry list to the Parliament calling on the Turkish government to explain reasons behind allowing three C-130 Saudi airplanes to use the Turkish airspace to transport weapons and gunmen to Syria and whether the airplanes had carried "fighters" from al-Qaeda.

Another clue about Turkish government's involvement in the crisis in Syria was presented few days ago by the Turkish Cumhuriyet newspaper which reported that the MP Hursit Gunes has submitted a criminal complaint against officials of the Turkish government because of their policy towards Syria.

Speaking at a news conference, the MP said: "The government of Justice and Development Party trains gunmen in Turkey, transports weapons to Syria and supports the armed groups inside Syria by all means."

The minister pointed out that Reuters quoted some armed terrorist groups' leaders as saying on February, 27th, 2013: "Last month, weapons shipment arrived in Syria via Turkey. It included military equipment such as anti-aircraft and ant-tank weapons, mortar rounds, and rocket launchers.  The weapons were received in a legal way, through Bab al-Hawa crossing, and not through smuggling corridors."

The UNSC inaction

It stressed that turning blind eyes to the above mentioned clues would give a cover to al-Qaeda-affiliated armed terrorist groups and encourage the countries which support them to perpetrate more crimes against the Syrian people. 

In conclusion, the ministry appealed to the UNSC to condemn aggressive practices of the Turkish government and the other countries that back and fund the armed terrorist groups, and hold them responsibility for the events taking place in Syria. 

"Adopting serious stances by the international community would lead to resolve the crisis and encourage the Syrian opposition parties to take part in the national dialogue to bring about a solution to the on going crisis through negotiation among Syrians, themselves, and under Syria's leadership," the ministry said.


Al-Halqi offers condolences on the death of the Venezuelan President

 Damascus (ST)-Delegated by President Bashar al-Assad, Prime Minister Dr. Wael al-Halqi offered condolences over the death of the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the Damascus-based Venezuelan embassy on Thursday.

Al-Halaqi wrote a speech in the condolences record, saying ''With deep pain and sorrow, we received the news of the death of a great national fighter and a prominent figure, President Hugo Chavez who defended the rights of people everywhere in the world.''

Al-Halqi pointed out that Chavez has a pivotal role in defending the national causes and  in supporting  the Non-Aligned Movement, adding that President Chavez was the leader of a great revolution that has imprinted itself on the minds of freedom-lovers.

“ Syria will always remember  the friend Chavez and will appreciate his stances that back Arab and Palestinian causes and Syria against the global conspiracy targeting it and the armed terrorism  as well as his position regarding the cause of the occupied Syrian Golan”, al-Halqi added.

Al-Halqi expressed trust that the historical friendly bilateral relations will remain strong in economic, development and political domains and that Venezuela will pursue the policy of the late leader and will keep the revolution alive to preserve its sovereignty and prevent any intervention in its affairs.

Al-Halqi also expressed his hope that Venezuela would realize progress and prosperity and would keep supporting the freedom of people in Latin America and the world, adding that the late president will remain one of the prominent presidents who earned international respect and popularity.

Meanwhile,Assistant Secretary General of Baath Arab Socialist Party Abdullah al-Ahmar wrote a phrase in the condolences record in which he appreciates the late Chaves national stances towards Syria and international causes.

In a press statement, al-Ahmar said the death of the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is a great loss to the Venezuelan as well as Syrian people and the entire world.

The Ba’ath Arab Socialist Party’s Regional Leadership stressed that the death of Chaveze is a big loss to the Venezuelan people, the world’s freemen, and liberation and justice issues.

 The Regional Leadership said in a statement that the Syrian Arab people, who are facing a brutal aggression backed by the powers of hegemony highly, appreciate the role played by the late president and his struggle in Venezuela, Latin America and the world.

Obeida al-Mohammad

Syrian, Iranian Health Cooperation

DAMASCUS, (ST) - Minister of Health, Dr. Sa'ed  Al –Nayef met with the Iranian Ambassador in Damascus, Mohammad Reda Sheibani, and discussed with him further procedures to import medicines and medical equipment from the Iranian side under the line of credit allocated to the Ministry estimated at $ 200 million.

During the meeting, the two sides agreed to send a delegation from the ministry to Iran early next week to follow up on technical procedures concerning the medical needs of the ministry.

 "The two countries are working to accomplish new memorandum of understanding on mutual recognition to register medicines and medical equipment between the two countries, saying that the agreement will contribute to facilitating the flow of medicine and medical equipment between the two countries and meet the local needs of supplies for both of them," the Minister clarified.

For his part, the Iranian Ambassador in Damascus underlined that 15 equipped ambulances from Iran will reach the Ministry of Health during the next two weeks in order to meet the needs of ambulance system, adding that his country  will spare no effort to meet as much as possible of the health needs of the Syrian people, particularly in light of the unjust blockade faced by the health sector at various levels.

Noteworthy, that Syria and Iran have signed an agreement line of credit facility of one billion dollars during a visit by Prime Minister, Dr. Wa'il al –Halaqi, to Iran during the month of January.

The Ministry of Health received, a gift from the Iranian people to the Syrian people last year, a shipment of modern medical equipment and ambulances worth 2.1 million dollars and 20 fully equipped ambulances.

Sh. Kh

President Al-Assad Meets CHP Delegation

DAMASCUS, (ST) - President Bashar Al-Assad on Thursday underlined the necessity of differentiating between the Turkish people's supportive stances towards Syria and those of Erdogan's government which keeps supporting terrorism, extremism and destabilization efforts in Syria and the entire region.

During his meeting with a Turkish parliamentary delegation representing the Republican People's Party (Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi CHP) led by Hasan Akgol, President Al-Assad affirmed that the Syrian people appreciate the stances of the Turkish people's forces and parties which reject Erdogan's government's policies as they negatively affect the ethnic and religious diversity which characterize societies of the region's countries, particularly Syria and Turkey.

 Talks during the meeting dealt with the situation in Syria. Members of the guest delegation affirmed the Turkish people's rejection of interference in the Syrian internal affairs. They also expressed their keenness to enhance good neighborhood ties, warning of the repercussions of the crisis in Syria on the Turkish internal situation in particular and on the whole region in general.


H. Mustafa