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Iran Reiterates Support for Syria against Aggressors

TEHRAN, (ST) -Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdul Lahyan stressed Israel will pay for its blatant aggression against Syria.

During a meeting with Syria's Ambassador in Tehran Dr. Adnan Mahmoud on Monday, Lahyan added that the Israeli brutal aggression came to compensate for the defeats of armed terrorist groups after they were hit by the Syrian Arab Army, explaining that the Israeli aggression against positions in Syria reinforces Iran will to fully support Syria until its security and stability are restored.

He pointed out that Syria 's enemies must be aware that their efforts to undermine Syria will never be materialized and that their support for terrorism will rebound on them.

For his part, Ambassador Mahmoud stressed close link between terrorist organizations , Israel and regional and Western countries that support terrorism in service of the Israeli agenda to weaken the resistance front in the region.


He noted that all the stormy events , targeted the region in the last decade, proved solidarity of the axis of resistance and its ability to defeat the American Israeli plans.

Meantime, spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry Ramin Mehmanparast reiterated that the Syrian people are solely responsible for self-determination through free elections away from the interference of foreign powers that want to impose their agenda on the Syrian people and the region.

Fars news agency quoted Mehmanparast as saying in an interview in the southwestern of the country in Ahvaz city that what Syria is witnessing has nothing to do with internal issues , rather there are specific political goals behind, the most important is to eliminate any danger threatening the Zionist entity.


T. Fateh

Families of Interior Security Forces Martyrs honored

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Commemorating values of martyrdom and martyrs the Ministry of the Interior on Monday honored several families of security forces members killed by armed terrorist groups.

During the ceremony, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim al-Shaar said " Syria is strong by the determination of its people and martyrs who sacrificed themselves in defending the homeland," pointing out hostile media role in falsifying facts and fabricating news that plant strife and shed Syrian blood, funded by Arab and Western sides.

"Thanks to sacrifices of the army and internal security forces , terrorists suffer great losses and thereby resorted to acts of bombing and sabotage , claiming lives of innocent citizens," the minister said,  stressing that " terrorists brutality will not discourage Syria 's heroes from abiding to the sacred duty to challenge terrorists and restore security and safety to the homeland."

He described the aggression carried out by the Zionist enemy against certain sites in Damascus countryside on Sunday as a flagrant violation of all norms of international law and confirmed the deep link between the Zionist entity and terrorist groups, pointing out that Syria has all the means as a deterrent power and the right to defend its territory and sovereignty at any time.

For their part, martyrs families expressed appreciation for the sacrifices of the Syrian Arab army and internal security forces in protecting Syria, stressing that they will spare no efforts to deter any terrorist attack inside or outside the country.

After awarding material and honorary gifts to martyrs families , the minister listened to observations they raised and promised settling them accordingly .


T. Fateh

PM: Zionist entity's strike on Syria left no room for self-distance

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Prime Minister Dr.Wael al-Halqi has said that all Syrian spectra must now be united to foil the conspiracy and rebuild the new strong Syria.

Al--Halqi clarified that the conspiracy became clear to everyone after Israel's recent strike on Syria which proved coordination between Israel and the Takfiri terrorist groups including al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front .

"After the Israeli terrorist attack on Syria, there could be no room for hesitation or languor or self-distance. Syria will never forgive us if we hesitate in defending it," al-Halqi said.

He cited the Syrian Arab army's heroic struggle to restore stability and security to the country.

The Premier, who also chairs the ministerial committee entrusted with materializing the political plan to resolve the crisis in Syria, was speaking as he met members of the politburo of National Bloc for Saving Syria.

The meeting, as SANA reported, revolved around the latest political and economic development in the country.

The attendees reached common ideas to enhance national dialogue process.

International solidarity conference

Member of Bloc, Sheikh Sattam al-Dandal, told reporters that the meeting dealt with preparations for the International Conference for Solidarity with Syria to be held on June 22-23 .

Political dignitaries ,intellectuals and reporters are to take part in the conference which aims to explain what is going on in Syria.

Today-meeting is part of consultation talks being held by the ministerial committee ,political and social parties to pave the ground for launching dialogue conference.

The ministerial committee includes Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Ministers of Information, Justice, National Reconciliation, Transport, Industry, Red Crescent Affairs, and People's Assembly Affairs.

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Army Command underscores high readiness to defend homeland

PROVINCES,(ST)_The General Command of army and armed forces marked on Monday Martyrs Day and stressed high-state of readiness to defend homeland.

The officers pledged, in speeches given in a mass rally held on this occasion (Martyrs Day), to continue confronting all those who target Syria and its firm principles.

Meanwhile, Chief of  Staff of the Army and Armed forces, Ali Abdullah Ayyob visited some military hospitals to inspect health condition of the army's wounded soldiers.

He underscored the armed forces are able to defend the country's unity.

Qualitative operations outside capital

Syrian Arab army's today-operations targeted terrorist groupings outside the capital and Homs and north provinces.

An official source said: "a unit of armed forces killed 5 terrorists in Zamalka suburb in Damascus countryside and destroyed their weapons and ammunitions, while other terrorists were eliminated in an ambush in Shab'a farms."

It added that another unit of armed forces clashed with terrorists groups in Harasta and al-Shayah areas and farms located between Daraya and Sehnaya suburbs, killing and injuring unknown number of terrorists.

Meanwhile, a series of qualitative operations were carried out by the armed forces against terrorists in suburbs of Jobar, Qabon, Barzeh, and Adra outside the capital.

Several hideouts of terrorists have been destroyed in the operations.

In the south area of the same province, terrorists killed each other during a quarrel broke out between them over sharing loots in al-Hajar al-Aswad suburb.

Similar incident took place in Kherbet Ghazaleh area in Daraa province where two terrorist groups exchanged fire and eliminated each other.

Fighting in Aleppo and Homs

Towards the country's north, Aleppo province saw fierce clashes between units of armed forces and terrorist groups in al-Layramon area amid reports of destroying terrorist hideouts in al-Msalameya, Haylan, Meneg, and al-Alqameya areas.

Unknown number of terrorists were killed.

Other terrorists including non-Syrian ones (two Saudis and two Jordanians) were eliminated in Homs and Lattakia countryside.

In Idleb countryside, the armed forces destroyed a factory for producing explosive devices and a booby-trapped car in Bennesh area.

They, in addition, shelled terrorist groupings in Ein al-Bardeh, Ein al-Souda, Taftanaz, Sermin, al-Nayrab and Maretmesrin areas, and repelled al-Nusra Front-affiliated terrorists' bid to sneak into Abo al-Dohor military airport inflicting big losses upon them.

In a separate incident, terrorists launched a mortar shell on Ashrafeyet Sehnaya town landed on a home there.

The shell led to the fall of a martyr and serious damages at the scene.

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.


Syrian ,Russian foreign ministers discuss situation in Syria

DAMASCUS,(ST)- Foreign  and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Mualem has informed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov by telephone about the escalation of unrest in the region in the wake of the  Israeli aggression  against Syrian yesterday morning.

"Al-Mualem provided a detailed account of the Israeli air strikes on Syrian facilities on May 3 and 5 near Damascus. A discussion was held on the current explosive situation," The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

Al-Mualem,the Deputy Premier,made it clear that Syria has a genuine right in the international law and the UN Charter to retaliate such aggressions.

Lavrov briefed al-Mualem on Russia's leadership's communications as regards halting deterioration the region is witnessing due to the recent Israeli aggression ,affirming that efforts being exerted regionally and internationally for  curbing  escalation .

"Russia again urged maximum restraint. Lavrov said Syria's and other regional states' sovereignty and territorial integrity must not be violated, especially amid the destructive and dangerous internal conflict continuing in Syria," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Al-Mualem and Lavrov agreed on keeping in touch on any possible developments.



Yazeji on Easter: Dialogue, Coexistence Help Syrians Surpass Crisis

DAMASCUS, (ST) - Patriarch Youhanna X Yazeji of Antioch and All East for Greek Orthodox has stressed that national dialogue and coexistence are main principles to get Syria out of the crisis.

During a religious mass held  at the Mariamat Cathedral in Damascus marking Easter, Patriarch Yazeji said "We hope on Jesus Christ Resurrection Day that Syria will overcome the ordeal and that peace and amity will be restored to Syrians as in old days."

On the occasion of Easter, which coincides with the homeland's Martyrs Day, Patriarch Yazeji urged the Syrians to cling to the principles of dialogue and coexistence to rid the country from the ongoing tragic events. 

The Patriarch hoped that the Greek Ortodox Metropolitan of Aleppo and Iskenderun, Bishop Paul Yazeji and the Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Bishop John Ibrahim, who were kidnapped by an armed terrorist group in Aleppo countryside while carrying out humanitarian activities, will soon return safe.   

"We share the Aleppo Parish its tragedy and share every family its sadness, but we must transform this sadness into a strong determination to withstand the crisis and  into an occasion to announce our faith in resurrection." Said Patriarch Yazeji, confirming the church's keen efforts to get the kidnapped archbishops released and to attain peace in Syria.

Yazeji urged more unity, amity and strong faith among the Syrians, stressing that "we can reach resurrection when we bridge gaps between each other and keep hand in hand to build our homeland."

"Let's be brave as Jesus Christ who didn't even fear being crucified in order to lead us to resurrection," Yazeji said, calling on the Syrians to be patient and put solidarity and unity as a priority.

Concluding his statement the Patriarch urged the Syrian expatriates to play a more effective role in alleviating the suffering of their fellow citizens in Syria by extending every possible helping hand.   

H. Mustafa

Media source: Erdogan's Anti-Syria Remarks Ignores Religious, Humanitarian Values

DAMASCUS, (ST) - Erdogan's anti-Syria remarks, which were made as the Syrian people are celebrating the Martyrs Day, ignore all religious, humanitarian and moral values and prove the Turkish government's involvement along with Israel in the ongoing events in Syria, stressed a media source on Monday. 

On Sunday, Erdogan made his aggressive statements in front of activists from an Ankara village, presenting fabrications, lies and inciting phrases to justify his government's participation in the bloodshed going on  in Syria and in stealing the Syrian people's oil and factories.

 The source said that Erdogan's courage was so clear when his ambassador to the Zionist Entity was humiliated and when Israel attacked the Turkish Mavi Marmara Ship.  

However, according to the source, Erdogan's courage is now embodied in sending chemical weapons to the terrorists in Syria, in booby trapped cars and in training extremist terrorists who continue to kill innocent people, destroy mosques and monuments and steal Syrian factories.

"The Turkish government of the Justice and Development Party adds heavy burdens which the Turkish state can't bear, and the Turkish people must held Erdogan and his gangs accountable for their crimes," the source said.

H. Mustafa