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Al-Zou'bi: defeat of terrorist groups 'game-changing' factor

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Information Minister underscored that the defeat of armed terrorist groups on the ground is behind the current change at political arena which clearly manifested in statements followed the US-Russian meeting in Moscow.

Omran al-Zou'bi was speaking on Friday as he met the visiting world peace delegation headed by Mairead Maguire.

The minister, as SANA reported, elaborated on what is going on in Syria, the role of some regional and international states in the conspiracy, and losses of media sector in the crisis so far.

'Qatari entity '

Al-Zou'bi told the delegation: "the events in Syria have proved that al-Qaeda organization and al-Nusra Front are intelligence tools for Qatar and Saudi Arabia," noting that Qatar is the "only entity" which officially opens offices for Talban movement, Nigerian Boko Haram organization, and the 'Syrian opposition coalition'  which shelters al-Qaeda and al-Nusra Front.

This requires, he added, holding Qatar accountable before the UNSC as it breaches the UN resolution No.1373 which bans sheltering terrorists.

Terrorists' supporters

The minister, in addition, clarified that the Turkish government shelters terrorists while foreign ministers of France and Britain supply terrorists, who destroy churches and mosques and steal antiques, with arms.

"Syria is the last secular state in the region," al-Zou'bi said.

 He added: "The Syrian Arab army fights thousands of non-Syrian terrorists and targets their hideouts after defining them. If the Syrian state wanted to eliminate the terrorists from the very beginning of the events, it would do that. But the cost would be hundreds of civilians".

Media sector losses 'SP 2.5bln'

Talking about national mass media, the minister said that media war, Syria has been facing, is based on preventing the country from the modern technology necessary to broadcast facts about what is really going on in Syria.

"Losses of media sector reached up to SP 2.5bln due to terrorist attacks on media centers. Besides, the terrorists abducted and assassinated several reporters," al-Zou'bi said.

The world peace delegation, who concluded its visit to Syria today, included 16 activists and reporters from Australia, the US, Canada, Brazil and Lebanon and members of Syrian Popular Committee for National Reconciliation.

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Syrian Arab army cautions terrorists in al-Qsir city, shells their hideouts elsewhere

PROVINCES,(ST)-Syrian Arab army cautions foreign-backed terrorists in al-Qsir city in the central Homs province and shells their hideouts outside Damascus, Hama, Aleppo , Idleb and Lattakia provinces.

The Beirut-based al-Mayadden TV Channel reported today (Friday): "A day after imposing control over al-Shommareya town in al-Qsir countryside and lifting the terrorists' one-year siege on al-Gassaneya town, the Syrian army's warplanes dropped leaflets on al-Qsir city advising gunmen to surrender and offering safe exit for locals."

In this context, SANA said that a unit of armed forces killed a terrorist group as it tried to flee from al-Qsir city to al-Hseneya, adding that other units continued carrying out operations against terrorist groupings in Bab Hod and al-Qosor , Kaferlaha, Taldo, Taldahab, al-Haydareya, al-Khaledeya and al-Hamedeya areas.

Unknown number of terrorists has been killed in the operations.

Cleansed towns in Hama

In Hama Province (Around 209km north of Damascus), it was reported that the armed forces restored security to two towns-Zor Abu Zeid and Zor al-Asi- after cleansing them from terrorist groups. 

A military source said the armed forces dismantled tens of explosive devices, which were planted by terrorists on the main road of the towns.

It added that several al-Nusra Front-affiliated terrorists were eliminated in Halfaya and Tebet al-Imam areas in Hama province. 

Dozens of terrorists killed

Meanwhile, the armed forces targeted terrorists and their arms caches in many areas in countryside of Damascus, Aleppo, Idleb and Lattakia, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

Many of killed terrorists affiliated to al-Nusra Front, a military source stressed.

In Daraa Province, south to the country, two terrorist groups killed each other in a quarrel broke out over sharing loots in al-Jezeh and al-Tebeh towns.  

Syria is facing a foreign-backed war that aims to weaken the Syrian Arab army and destroy national economy to serve Israel's interests in the region.

The US, France, Britain, Qatar, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia fund and support the terrorist groups, who perpetrate heinous crimes against citizen and destroy Syria's infrastructure


SP 6 billion for Chronic Diseases Annually- Health Minister

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Health  Minister Dr. Saad al-Nayef   said the ministry pays  6 billion Syrian pounds  SP annually for ensuring free medicines for patients with chronic  and common and diseases including diabetes.

During  a tour on Damascus pre-marriage medical examination clinic , the Minister  stressed the  importance of pre-marital check-ups to ensure having a healthy family  for the newly wed.

He noted Ministry 's cooperation with  the Syrian Medical Association in launching  pre-marriage  medical examination clinics  in all provinces to provide blood tests and health advice at nominal prices not exceeding 2500 SP for the couple, through  the cost exceeds SP  9 thousands  .


In 20-12,  Damascus Pre-marriage  medical examination clinic  received 54 thousand visitors,  2718  persons found infected and were given necessary free medical treatment. 

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Stolen Syrian Antiquities in Lebanon- Interpol

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ In a statement, the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums confirmed  it had received from Interpol, information documented  in images on  smuggling Syrian Antiques  and displaying them for  sale by antiquity traders in Lebanon. The smuggled  monuments  are  identified as    bust statues of different shapes dating back to the second century AD  of Palmyra era , confirming a clear Syrian identity.

"The  stolen contraband include  pieces of crowns of Roman columns date to  the second century AD, glass and stone  pieces dating back to the Roman era, between the second and fourth  centuries and coins from the early Islamic  period between the seventh and 11th centuries ," the statement read 

The statement pointed out that experts from the Directorate of Antiquities and Museums will  verify the authenticity of the pieces, due  to the high activity of rigging  antiquities  and the increase of forged monuments that  are sold as genuine in the markets of neighboring countries,  noting that the Directorate will take all necessary measures to restore these pieces formally , even if they are fake.

The Syrian  directorate called on the  Lebanese authorities to cooperate to restore the Syrian property , control the movement of antiquity  thieves and gangs across- border  and prevent illicit trafficking of Syrian monuments.

In earlier reports, the Directorate of Antiquities and Museums indicated illegal excavations and looting works  at  Syrian archaeological sites , most pronounced in the Mary and Dora  Urobossand other sites listed on the World Heritage List in northern Syria in the forgotten cities in  Idleb province  . Many  cemeteries in Palmyra  region were also exposed to  illegal excavation operations.


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All Syrians are invited to participate in national dialogue, says al-Halqi

DAMASCUS, (ST)_"over the past two years Syria has been facing a war (with policy ,military, economic, media and cultural dimensions) aims to fragment its national unity and social fabric, and to sideline its pivotal role in supporting  Arab resistance against Israel, west and US vicious schemes in the region, "said premier Dr.Waelal-Halqi.

Al-Halqi's remark came during a meeting with the international delegation for peace currently visiting Syria on Thursday, headed by Mairead Maguire.

 Dr. al-Halqi briefed the delegation on the conspiracy targeting Syria, indicating that it is aimed to destroy the capabilities of the Syrian Arab army and national economy to ruin the Syrian state and distance Syria from the confrontation with the Israeli enemy.

"some Arab, regional and western countries plus the Zionist entity are relentlessly feeding the armed terrorist groups with everything they want with the aim of sabotaging Syria's infrastructure including agricultural, industrial, health, services and developmental sectors, "underscored al-Halqi.

"Despite unjust sanctions and siege imposed on Syria that definitely target the Syrian people's living standard, the government is exerting strenuous efforts to consolidate the national economy and to ensure the citizens' basic needs including food stuff ,oil derivate, electricity …etc. Furthermore, the government renders services free of charge for education and health sectors along with rebuilding the infrastructure which destroyed nationwide by the armed terrorist groups, "affirmed al-Halqi. 

"the government will continue holding  meeting with the political parties and forces and the economic and social stakeholders  to achieve an-all out vision as regards starting the comprehensive national dialogue where all Syrians –inside and outside Syria-are invited to take part in only to materialize the preparatory stage's items of the political program proposed by President Bashar Al-Assad," added al-Halqi.

Al-Halqi highlighted that the Syrian government is open to all initiatives aims at finding a political solution to the crisis that guarantees Syria's sovereignty, independence and unity and rejects foreign interference.

the Syrian Arab army will remain the solid shield and the strong bulwark and in full preparedness to repel any Israeli aggression, and will continue to hammer terrorists..

Maguire ,for her part, voiced appreciation for the Syrian government's call for national dialogue, adding that Syria has always called for peace in the region and the world as well.

The international delegation for peace, headed by the Nobel peace prize-laureate Mairead Maguire, consists of  16 activists and journalists from Australia, the US, Canada, Brazil and Lebanon, and members of the Syrian Popular Committee for National Reconciliation.


Syrian Arab army eliminates dozens of al-Nusra Front-linked terrorists




Syrian Arab army is reportedly intensifying its operations against foreign-backed terrorists and imposes full control on several areas outside the capital and in north and central provinces.

Actually, the armed forces is inching closer to cleansing Jarba town in al-Nashabeya area in Damascus countryside from all terrorists while factories of al-Iskan al-Askari and Majbal al-Zeft areas in al-Shekh Sae'd suburb outside Aleppo (north province) are officially declared under the full control of the army.   

This advance coincides with shelling tunnels, which were used by terrorists to convey and store weapons, in six towns in al-Qsir countryside outside Homs –al-Shomareya, al-Rablawi, al-Rahmoneya, farms of al-Zoubi and al-Kerdi, and Mahallat al-Sayyed-recently cleansed of terrorists. 

A big quantity of weapons and rockets were seized in the said towns and Hama province.

The army's today-shelling, also, targeted terrorist groupings and their weapons in Jobar , al-Nabek and Yabroud areas in Damascus countryside, and towns of Saqeyet al-Kart, al-Rahmaleya and al-Qasab in Lattakia countryside, and al-Alqameya area and al-Msalameya areas outside Aleppo.

Most of the killed terrorists in the shelling are non-Syrians and affiliate to al-Nusra Front, according to SANA.

In this context, a military source noted that a unit of armed forces eliminated al-Nusra Front-affiliated terrorist group on Damascus-Sweida road as it was conveying weapons and ammunitions from  al-Hseneya area to Najra area outside Damascus.

All the weapons and ammunitions were confiscated.

As for fighting in Daraa province, it was reported that a unit of armed forces confronted an armed terrorist group tried to attack a military post in Tal –Akhdar outside the province.

Terrorist attacks Bab Tuma and Jaramana

 In a separate incident, two citizens were wounded by mortar shells landed on residential area In Jaramana suburb in Damascus countryside.

An official source at Police Leadership stated that two mortar shells, which were fired by terrorists, landed on a home near al-Soyof square in the suburb and left two citizens wounded plus damages at the scene.

Later on, two citizens were martyred and 10 others wounded by two terrorist attacks took place in the capital.

According to SANA, an explosive device detonated in al-Darj street in BabTuma area and two shells landed near the French Hospital in al-Qassa'a area.

The detonation left one martyr and 3 wounded.

While the two shells caused martyrdom of a citizen and 7 wounded.

Massive  damage was also reported.

Syria is facing a foreign-backed war that aims to weaken the Syrian Arab army and destroy national economy to serve Israel's interests in the region.

The US, France, Britain, Qatar, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia fund and support the terrorist groups, who perpetrate heinous crimes against citizen and destroy Syria's infrastructure





Damascus welcomes US-Russia accord on Syria crisis settlement

Syria has welcomed the Washington-Moscowagreement to find a political solution for the crisis in Syria.

Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said in a statement issued today (Thursday)that The Syrian Arab Republic welcomes the US-Russian accord came after the US Secretary of State John Kerry's talks in Moscow with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on May,7,2013.

The statement underlined Syria's conviction that Russia has a firm stance based on the UN charter and international law principles particularly that related to not intervene in internal affairs of any state, and refrain in international relations from the threat or use of force against territorial integrity or political independence of any state.

"Credibility of the US stance to adopt the political solution for the crisis in Syria lies in its serious work with its allies to halt violence and terrorism to pave the ground for launching political dialogue." The statement read.

It added that everyone must realize that only Syrian people decide their country's future and constitution without any foreign meddling.

The statement, in addition, stressed that the Syria n government is moving forwards towards the materialization of the three-stage political plan outlined by President Bashar al-Assad on January ,6th.

The plan is based on Geneva Communiqué, which was adopted in June, 30, 2012 after the UN-backed Action Group for Syria meeting, to prepare for holding the comprehensive national dialogue in Damascus.

Basma Qaddour