Erdogan, Qatar Governments Responsible for Khan al-Asal Crime- Information Minister

ALEPPO,(ST)_  Terrorists today (Tuesday) fired one missile  containing chemicals in Khan al-Asal area in rural Aleppo.

Preliminary information indicated the attack resulted in killing 16 persons, mostly civilians  and wounding many others.

 Commenting on this unprecedented brutal act, Minister of Information Omran al-Zou'bi  said that terrorists firing a missile containing chemicals from Kafr Dael in al-Neirab area against Khan al-Asal area in Aleppo constitutes a dangerous escalation,  noting that this crime is  the first effects of the Arab League council at the ministerial Level.

The Minister continued that  the international community and countries that finance , arm and harbor terrorists, should be held responsible for   that this crime  in which terrorists used a prohibited weapon , according to  the rules of international law  .

The Governments  of Erdogan and Qatar bear legal , moral  and humanitarian responsibility for this crime committed by the terrorists Khan al-Asal  and resulted in the martyrdom  of 16  and injuring 86 civilians and military personnel, most of them in serious conditions, the Minister said.


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Al-Jafaari: Syria Supports International Community Free from the Use of Force

New York ,(ST)- Syria 's Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Bashar Al- Jaafari voiced  Syria's full support to global inclination to build an international community free from the use of force, threat , governed by UN Charter 's  principles and purposes based on justice, equality and peace and  Syria 's willingness to participate in any international effort to achieve that goal and commitment to come up with a final document to meet the aspirations of our governments and our peoples.

In  a statement he read before the UN closing conference on  Arms Trade Treaty, started on Monday at the UN  Headquarters in New York Al-Jafaari said: "any future treaty on the arms trade should reaffirm the right of States under UN  Charter specifically Article 51 in the acquisition of all means they deem appropriate to maintain national security and defend itself and  emphasis on the right of peoples under foreign occupation for self-defense and self-determination,  besides the treaty should definitively  prevent  Member States  from providing weapons to armed terrorists under any pretext."

"At a time when the treaty of non-proliferation and disarmament faces enormous challenges in terms of implementation , there are  efforts seeking to create a new system to promote arms  sale competitiveness by a limited number of  weapons producing countries." He hinted .

Jaafari stressed that any measures to control arms and transparency through a selective approach will not represent a balanced and comprehensive input , rather  hamper the international community's commitment to  full disarmament.

Jaafari said that, for decades , Israel relied on what it calls the  diplomacy of  weapon, pointing out that Israel 's internationally proved  involvement in the illegal arms trade in the world encourages the phenomenon of international terrorism and protects drug gangs and separatist movements in the world .

AL- Jaafari  indicated that the failure of the preparatory meetings of  July 2012 conference  to reach an agreement on the objectives and purposes of the treaty explains the  nature of challenges facing this conference where many pertinent  topics should be handled  with clear transparency .

"Any concluded treaty must be made by consensus and complies  with the provisions of the Charter and should not be a tool for political and economic exploitation and an outlet for intervention in the internal affairs of States."Al Jafaari reiterated.

He  stressed  that the  treaty  should explicitly ban arms supplies to  terrorist groups armed but from States, pointing out that this assertion comes as a result of what Syria is witnessing of events targeting  its people and culture in order to eliminate its  constructive role at the Arab, regional and international levels.

He indicated  the terrorism and sabotage  imposed on  Syria , based on takfiri  and extremist  fatwas issued by agitators  hosted  by Arab , regional and western countries and that this terrorism is performed  by  terrorist groups led by al-Nusra Front and the likes of groups linked to al Qaeda , adding that  these organizations  can not operate without funding, arming, training and shelter provided by a number of Arab , regional and international sides.

"It is a matter of deep concern ,  the recent statements  made by many  countries to provide and increase the level of arming for terrorists fighting  in Syria,  with their  prior knowledge that many of their Salafi and extremist  countrymen are joining them to what they believe  as   a Jihad that they will eventually bring back to their  countries of origin later in the form of armed terrorism and we have to remember what happened in New York, London, Paris, Madrid and other cities. "

He continued that  "Such  acts are  incompatible with what is  stipulated in dozens of international conventions and treaties on combating terrorism of prohibiting  financial ,military , and logistical support to terrorists besides   dozens of resolutions issued by the UN Security Council in particular resolutions 1373, 2001 and 1624  of  2005."

"These terrorist groups carried out a large number of operations and terrorist bombings on the entire Syrian territory, resulted in killing or wounding thousands of civilians, using weapons it received   from parties that become known to all." He added

"The  Arms Trade Treaty, which  we  all seek to reach by consensus should  ensure  for us  and the world not to permit  access any type of weapons to  armed groups, mercenaries and terrorists only from States  , weapons that pose a threat to  national, regional and international peace and security." Al-Jafaari emphasized.


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UN coordinator: Syrian government exerts efforts to ensure needs of displaced

Damascus (ST)-Resident Coordinator of the UN Activities in Syria Adam Abdelmoula asserted that the Syrian government and its bodies are exerting strenuous efforts to ensure the needs of people prejudiced by the crisis in Syria, referring that these efforts prove that Syrians have promoted the values of cooperation and solidarity and responded to the challenges of the crisis as much as possible.

In a press conference on Monday in Sheraton Hotel in Damascus which was attended by representatives of UN organizations operating in Syria, Abdelmoula said that there are hundreds of Syrian families who are hosting the families displaced by the events despite all difficult circumstances.

 “The UN organizations operating in Syria are specialized in humanitarian affairs and their work is based on the two principles of neutrality and non-bias,” Abdelmoula said, adding that the only criteria governing the work of humanitarian organization is the need of citizens and affected people for help.

Abdelmoula warned against targeting humanitarian workers and trespassing their work and properties, referring that such transgressions are considered  war crimes and must be stopped  immediately and affirming that the UN will not yield to terrorism which will not dissuade it from carrying out its humanitarian duties.

Abdelmoula pointed out that the current crisis is political and that it resulted in a humanitarian disaster, therefore the crisis' solution should be political via the consensus of all sides of the crisis through dialogue and agreement among Syrians themselves whom their  cultural and civilized heritage will allow them to overcome the crisis.

OCHA Regional Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs Bureau  Radwan Nouicer said that there is  a severe lack in funding humanitarian operations, as the international community gives more  importance  to political and military aspects at the expense of humanitarian aspects.

Nouicer called on the international community to  provide the necessary funds to implement the scheduled  response plan, stressing the necessity to remove all obstacles and exert more efforts to reach every person in need in a way far from political issues.

Nouicer commend the solidarity which prevails in the Syrian society as it was the first  and successful factor in relieving the burdens of harmed  people, noting that 18 volunteers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have  passed away due to their enthusiasm to relief  people.

He pointed out  that despite the efforts of Syrian commissions, NGO and governmental organizations, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent  and international humanitarian organizations, the situation still represents an unprecedented challenge to all humanitarian organizations, adding that this press conference aims to draw attention and inform the whole world of the severity of the humanitarian situation in Syria, a country well-known in its  hospitality for refugees and people in need throughout the ages.

Obeida al-Mohammad

Al-Halqi: Syria confronts global war

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Prime Minister said on Monday that Syria has faced over the past two years a global war that aims to put aside its pivotal role in the region and weaken the national army in order to serve Israel's interest.

Dr.Wael al-Halqi told a Russian delegation, who is visiting Syria, "The armed forces would go ahead with doing its national duty as regards protecting citizens and fighting terrorism to restore stability and security across Syria."

He underscored that Syrian leadership is open to all initiatives that seek to solve the crisis politically in a way that guarantees Syria' sovereignty, independence and unity, and rejects all forms of foreign meddling and violence. 

Al-Halqi also talked about what has been achieved so far to launch national dialogue.

On the other hand, the premier cited strong ties between the two countries (Syria and Russia), highly appreciating Russia's firm stance towards the events in Syria.

Since the very beginning of the crisis, Russia has rejected foreign meddling in Syria's internal affairs and called for reactivating dialogue process among all Syrians.

Syria's economy 'immune'

As for economic situation in Syria, al-Halqi stressed, once again, that the Syrian economy is 'immune', noting that the government ensures all needs of citizens despite the unjust blockade imposed on Syria.

He added that the terrorist groups being supported by some Arab, regional and western countries target the county's infrastructure (oil pipelines, power plants, factories, schools, hospitals, shrines, and public and private establishments).

The Russian delegation voiced solidarity with Syria in confronting conspiracy that targets Syria's steadfastness, calling on all world people to back Syria.

The delegation headed by Alexander Prokhanov, the 'Zavtra' magazine's Editor in-chief, includes reporters, intellectuals, and political analysts.

Foreign meddling steps up crisis

In a separate meeting with Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, the Russian delegation stressed their country's rejection for foreign meddling in Syria's internal affairs.  

Dr. Faisal al-Meqdad said that foreign meddling fuels the crisis in Syria, noting the role of Turkey and some Gulf States in training, sheltering, arming and funding the armed terrorist groups.

He asserted that the strong ties between Syria and Russia are based on firm principles related to respect international law, combat all forms of terrorism, and achieve stability and security in the region and the world as well.

Basma Qaddour

Terrorists open fire on a bus, killing two citizens

PROVINCES,(ST)_A child and a young man were martyred and  other passengers were injured when terrorists opened fire on a bus coming from Sweida province to Damascus.

The injured passengers were transferred to a hospital after the attack, SANA reported.

Elsewhere, an explosive device attached to a car blew up today (Monday) in Fahhame area in Damascus causing material damages.

According to SANA, Two citizens were injured at the scene.

Meanwhile, the armed forces and border guards aborted terrorists' attempt to sneak from Lebanon into Syria. Most of the terrorist were killed or injured while the remained run away towards Lebanon.

In addition, the armed forces clashed with terrorists and shelled their hideouts and cars in countryside of Damascus, Homs and Daraa.

In a separate development, youths organized a march in al-Jabereya alley (in Aleppo province) in support for the Syrian Arab Army.

The Syrian armed forces are fighting the foreign-backed terrorist groups in several provinces to restore stability and security to the country.

Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France, Britain, and the US support, fund and train the terrorist groups, who perpetrate criminal acts against citizens all over Syria and destroy its infrastructure.


Pesticides Available to Combat Locusts

DAMASCUS-(ST): Ministry of Agriculture, in cooperation with the  Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), confirmed its readiness to combat Locusts swarms  which arrived Gaza Strip through Egypt.

The Ministry assured that necessary pesticides are available in case the insects arrive in Syria through Lebanon.

Dr.Taiseer Abu al- fadhl ,Director of Plant Protection Directorate , affirmed that the area planned for combat insects chemically in 2013 reached 237.500 hectare and and total area 765.500 hectare to combat various pests.

Dr. Abu al- Fadhl stressed the ministry's  readiness   for continuous monitoring pests in cooperation with neighboring countries.

N.Haj Khider

Information Minister Meets with Russian Delegation on Current Events in Syria

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ Information Minister  Omran Al-Zoubi on Sunday met a Russian  political analysts  and media men delegation.

Talks dealt with current events in Syria.

 Members  of the visiting delegation emphasized their country official and people 's position  in rejection of foreign interference in the internal affairs  of Syrian and ways to attain  perfect solution maintained  through constructive  political movement, aiming to build a renewable Syria with the  participation of all political trends and parties,  that make  up the entire spectrum of the  Syrian society.

The Russian ambassador in Damascus attended the meeting.

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