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Terrorists launch two mortar shells in crowded area, causing causalities

PROVINCES, (S.T)_Terrorists launched on Sunday two mortar shells on a crowded residential area in Mezzah in Damascus, causing a number of injuries  and  material damages.

 SANA quoted a source at the Interior Ministry as saying that the first mortar shell targeted a very crowded street at the beginning of the Villas Street, where two people were seriously injured.

"The other shell targeted a residential building under construction in the same area, causing huge material damage in the building. No causalities were reported," said the source.

Moreover, an explosive device planted by terrorists under a car parking near al-Jalaa Sports City in al-Mazzeh exploded around midnight, causing only material damages.

According to SANA, the terrorists planted a 50-kg explosive device under a car causing only the burning of several cars

Earlier on Saturday, terrorists fired a mortar round at a garage belonging to the Agriculture Ministry near Bab Sharqi in Damascus, causing material damage , injuries or deaths were not reported.

In Idleb, engineering units foiled terrorists' attempt to detonate an a 40 kg- weight explosive device which they had planted near al-Wahdeh basic education school.

In Aleppo, the armed forces destroyed five cars equipped with weapons near Saadallah al-Jaberi School in Al-Sukkari area in Aleppo.

Besides, Head of one of the terrorist groups plus a number of terrorist were killed in al-Salehin area in clashes with them.   

In Der-Ezzour, the armed forces killed and wounded scores of terrorists in al-Bokaml area.

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Syrian Opposition Abroad Hinders Solution to Crisis,says Aumakhanov

MOSCOW, (ST) –Russian Federation Council Vice Chairman, Ilyas Aumakhanov, On Saturday branded   the Syrian opposition coalition alliances abroad as a destructive initiative because they step up the political and military risks.

 Interviewed by SANA correspondents in Moscow,Aumakhanov made it clear that the said alliances' priorities  will not be in the benefits of the Syrian people.

"the initiative  will put additional obstacles concerning solving the  crisis in Syria,"affirmed Aumakhanov.

He stressed that "Russia has taken a stance on settling the crisis by the Syrian people themselves through dialogue,"stressed Aukhamanov.

Damir-Khazrat Gizatullin ,the Deputy Head of the Central Spiritual Department of Muslims in European Russia, said that the Syrian people majority as regards supporting President Bashar al-Assad should be taken into consideration.

He called on all Syrian to work for the sake of reconciliation and peace and not to listen to instigators, according to SANA.


Sit ins in Syria, in Solidarity with the Palestinians against the Israeli Aggression


 GOVERNORATES,(ST)_In  denunciation  and condemnation of the  brutal Israeli aggression against  Gaza Strip and in solidarity with its  people and deploring Arab and international silence over acts of killing , hundreds of Syrian and Arab students  at the University of Damascus staged a sit- in on Sunday in front of the UN  headquarters  in Damascus.

The demonstrating students chanted slogans confirming the steadfastness of the Syrian  and Palestinian peoples ,condemning the conspiracy hatched by some Arab countries and Arab regimes against  Syria . They were hoisting banners which read:  " the Arab League has become a tool in the hand of the  United States and Israel,  selling  Arab rights for money and interests."

 Statements read by the secretary of the Arab students organizations, the Sudanese, Lebanese, the African and Syrian students unions at Damascus university noted that their sit-in is, but a manifestation of their solidarity with the people of Syria and Palestine in their crisis, considering that both the Arab and African nations are linked to a common destiny and common goal against international conspiracies, calling  for mobilizing all efforts in providing them a support.

 Similar sit ins were observed by hundreds of students  in Tartous, and in a candle-lit silent march in Salhab town in Hama in support of Gaza , regretting the Israeli  aggression.

 In Qunietra, hundreds of citizens from the occupied Golan heights gathered in Sultan Basha al-Atrash Square  in the occupied Majdal Shams town, voicing unlimited support for  the Palestinians of Gaza against the Israeli brutality.

 On behalf of the steadfast Palestinians, freed Syrian prisoners, Bishr al-Maqt renewed the support of the people of the Golan to their Palestinian brothers in Gaza, stressing that "the Palestinian resistance which received all forms of support from Syria, proved itself as the sole way to restore the usurped Arab rights."


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Information Minister: So-called "Doha Council" a Declaration of War on Syria




DAMASCUS, (ST)- Forming the so-called "Doha Council" is a declaration of war on Syria as it rejects dialogue or any political solution to the crisis and calls for military foreign intervention in Syria, Information Minister  Omran al-Zou'bi has stressed.

In an interview with the "al-Alam Channel", al-Zou'bi underscored that the statement, issued by the so-called "Doha Council" following a meeting for Syrian "opposition bodies" in the Qatari capital, has opposed every peaceful initiative to end the unrest in the country, rejected dialogue and ignored the Geneva Statement and Annan Initiative. It has also called for arming the opposition and providing every possible support from abroad.

Al-Zou'bi pointed out that France's adoption of the so-called "Doha Council" adds no new political value, stressing the French regime's involvement together with Turkey and Qatar in supporting terrorism in Syria.

"The failure of the first stage of the aggressive scheme to bring foreign military intervention in Syria pushed the scheme's parties to try to get political gains through prolonging the crisis in the country," the minister said.

He referred to the difference between the American and French stances towards the Syrian issue, pointing out that the "Americans seem to be more realistic in understanding that the first stage of the scheme was foiled, but this doesn't mean that the US stance is good."

Al-Zou'bi reiterated that the so-called "Doha Council" is a reproduction of the "Istanbul Council" in terms of structure, essence, policy and the supporting parties.

 "It is nothing but an attempt to present the same opposition persons and bodies in a new combination, due to the failure of "Istanbul Council" in bringing foreign military intervention to Syria."

The Information Minister pointed out that the "Doha Council" doesn’t reflect the Syrians' way of thinking because the Syrians are against armament, killing, violence or destruction, noting that statements of support made by some countries are only political terms with no legal ground.

He stressed that the Syrian "opposition" has lost its free independent will to accept or reject the dialogue when they allowed others to use them as tools for financial, security or political reasons. 'This makes the idea of dialogue with these "opposition" parties impossible, because they want us to make this dialogue with Qatari, Turkish and French sides without themselves being part in this dialogue"

The Information Minister said that "there isn't any kind of communication with America, France or Qatar and we won't hold dialogue with non-Syrian parties on our national issues, particularly the internal issues. It is a matter of sovereignty"

He said that if the countries which claim their keenness to end the crisis in Syria have real good will, they can stop arming and funding terrorists and mercenaries. They can also stop their incitement policy and close their borders before the terrorists to put an end to terrorists' infiltration into Syria.

"Dialogue with armed groups and terrorists is refused as dialogue is usually made with politicians and national political and social forces," the minister said.

Al-Zou'bi stressed that most terrorists has infiltrated into Syria across the Turkish borders with the help of the Turkish government and extremist religious groups.

He pointed out that some Western parties have changed their stances towards the Syrian crisis, but this change isn't enough, noting that some Western states are gambling with the future and security of their peoples in a reference to Turkey which  has been turned into a fertile soil for terrorists.

On the Palestinian Cause, the Information Minister confirmed Syria's principled and firm stance towards the Palestinian people's cause, stressing that it’s the central cause of the Syrian state and people regardless of the stances adopted by some Palestinian factions in the occupied Palestinian territories or any other place.

"The Syrian government was the first Arab country to condemn the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip and urged the international community to shoulder its responsibility and stop this aggression," al-Zou'bi said.

He added the armed terrorist groups in Syria are trying to get the Palestinians involved in the Syrian crisis through entering the areas where their live, attacking them and shelling their houses thinking that this will widen the crisis and get the Syrian state involved in a kind of confrontation with the Palestinians.

He stressed that the Palestinians living in Syria trust the Syria Arab Army who sacrificed a lot in support for the Palestinian cause.

Regarding the Syrian-Iranian ties, al-Zou'bi stressed they are "strategic and deeply-rooted based on the right of self-determination and sovereignty. He added both countries reject hegemony projects and refuse to surrender to the United States' will, and this bother the U.S. and its allies in the region."

He pointed out that many financial, political, security and economic offers were put forward to Syria from European and Gulf countries to give up its relations with Iran, but Syria refused.

He stressed that Iran's stance towards the Syrian crisis is moderate. The Iranian government calls for holding consultation and dialogue among all Syrian parties to solve the crisis.


Hamda Moustafa





More Terrorists Purged




GOVERNORATES, (ST)_  six  citizens were killed and  several passersby were  seriously wounded, whereas heavy material losses were inflicted ,  when terrorists launched a mortar shelling  in the crowded al-Basel street, at the entrance of Jaramana city, in rural Damascus on Saturday, according to  Ministry of the Interior.

Six  bodies and 12 wounded persons, nine of them were in critical health conditions were admitted  to Jaramana and Damascus  surgical hospitals for medical treatment, the source added, the ministry source told SANA.

Meantime, huge material damages were reported in a garage for the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian reform near " Bab Sharqi in Damascus ,  resulting from a mortar shelling by terrorists which hit a tanker for gas transportation parked inside the garage on Saturday evening. No human casualties were reported.

In Lattakia, the armed forces during storming into a hiding   and a filed hospital for terrorists in March 8 street confiscated various types of  stolen medications, a muffler system gun, various  weapons and ammunition  and large quantities  of daggers and knives.

Meanwhile, the competent authorities regained  two locomotives loaded with flour stolen by the  armed terrorist group on al-Salameyah- al-Raqqa road, according to an official source.

The source added that one armed group had earlier hijacked two locomotives. The first was loaded on 29 tons and the second with 35 tons while driving towards Oqeirat district.

The source explained  that competent authorities  restored the two locomotives , with their full quantity, after chasing  the terrorists and  wounded two of them while  others fled towards the desert.

In Aleppo, scores of terrorists were killed or wounded when the armed forces attacked their gatherings in Khan Touman, and in Handarat near Amrit company, in rural Aleppo.

In Daar Ezza, the armed  forces destroyed two shelters for  leaders of two terrorist groups.

However, citizen Muhammad Issa al-Jasem (32) was martyred after one terrorist group kidnapped and tortured him earlier in the day, after taking part in a demonstration in al-Marjeh quarters demanding the terrorists to leave the place, an official source reported.

The source continued that the terrorists attacked the demonstrators and opened fire on them randomly, resulting in  wounding many of them.

 Other demonstrators demanding  the departure of terrorists  in al-Meiser quarters in Aleppo  were also wounded by terrorists  fire.

In Mhampel  of Idleb countryside and  al-Warshah quarters  in Homs , scores of terrorists of various non- Syrian nationality were killed. They include: Muhammad Khaled al-Rouli, Abdul bari Ajaman, Hamad Youssef al-Abboud, Khaled al-Bakkar of Saudi nationality, Malik al-Naqqash, Walid al-Bar Hassan  and Jadullah Muhammad  of  the Tunisian nationality, Awad Saled al-Sanousi and Farhan Muhammad al-Sanousi from Libya, Abdul Qader Kashkoul from Algeria, Saleh Abdul Hai from Chad, Abdullah Mekke from Jordan, beside terrorists  Muhammad Najib al-Sebai and Adib Muhammad Ar'our.

In rural Damascus, all members of a terrorist group , including non-Syrians who were terrifying citizens , were killed when the armed forces clashed with them in al-Hujeira town, according to an official source. Among the most dangerous terrorists killed in the operation were Muhammad Mustafa and Ziad al-Mashtouli from " Ahrar al-Golan battalions  and  another terrorist of a Libyan nationality.


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PA calls upon Intel' organizations for halting aggression on Gaza

DAMASCUS, (S.T)-Syria has asserted its support for the Palestinian people and their just cause to restore their usurped rights including the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

On Saturday, the People's Assembly issued a statement reading:" Regardless current circumstances and the scramble of the hegemony and colonialism forces, Syria's leadership and people will remain the first line of defense for the Palestinian people and their just cause until the restoration of their usurped rights and the establishment of their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital and the return of the refugees."

It slammed the Israeli barbaric crimes against the unarmed Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza Strip which the occupation authorities have turned since years into a prison of more than million and a half Palestinians under the glare of the world attention.

SANA quotes the statement as saying: "The Israeli aggression reflects the savage nature of the occupation entity and comes within the framework of its failed attempts to break the will and steadfastness of this resisting people."

It added that the aggression "reveals once again complicity on the part of the Western countries which claim to support the Arab people's rights and aspirations."

"The Western countries are involved in this aggression through their attempts to justify these acts and defend the aggressor Israel," said the statement.

It denounced stances of the Western countries, particularly those of the US, France and Britain, which bias towards the state terrorism practiced by the Israeli occupation authorities against the Palestinian People.

The PA sees that international silence and the complicity of some Arab governments in the crime encourage the occupation authorities to go on with aggression.

"A serious pan-Arab awakening is required today from the Arab people to back the Palestinian people and to move towards the real direction of conflict which should be against the nation's main enemy in occupied Palestine," the statement added.

It called on all Palestinian parties to unify their ranks to confront the Israeli aggression.

It also appealed to the Arab people and all the world parliaments as well as international organizations "to shoulder their moral responsibilities and support the steadfastness of the Palestinian people on the political, economic and humanitarian levels."

The PA underlined the necessity of taking serious measures to put pressure on Israel to halt the genocide it has waged against Gaza and lift the illegitimate blockade imposed on its people, affirming that the blockage is considered "a crime against humanity and collective sanctions practiced against more than million and a half Palestinians in the Strip."

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Damascus Thanks Iran's Efforts for Peaceful Settlement of Problems in Syria

 TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi hailed Iran for its initiative to host a "National Dialogue" meeting between the Syrian government and opposition groups on Sunday, saying that Iran's efforts to resolve problems through diplomatic means has made it an outstanding international actor with regard to Syria.

"Iran is a supporter of talks among different Syrian sides and this very approach has made it distinct from many other countries," al-Zoubi told Iran's Arabic-language news channel, Al-Alam, on Saturday.

"Since the start of crisis in Syria, Tehran has been struggling to gather the Syrians around the table of political negotiations," he added.

On Tuesday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian announced that the Syrian government and opposition parties would send "their representatives to Tehran this week to attend a National Dialogue meeting".

"Syrian government officials as well as representatives of ethnic, political, minority, and opposition groups will attend this meeting," Amir Abdollahian told FNA.

 Also, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi had on Sunday reiterated the necessity for the peaceful settlement of the crisis in Syria, and called for more talks between the Syrian government and opposition forces.

Salehi's remarks were made in a meeting with KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Idris Barzani in Tehran.

On Iran's diplomacy about Syria, Salehi said that the Islamic Republic is in favor of negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition groups to create stability in the Middle Eastern country.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

In October 2011, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of increasing unrests in Syria.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May that the Syrian ''rebels'' and terrorist groups battling the President Bashar al-Assad's government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of ''rebel'' credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.

According to the report, material is being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib near the Turkish border and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the'' rebels'' were running out of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons - most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past - has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.

B. al-Nouno