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President al-Assad Congratulates on Argentina National Day

Damascus, (ST)_ President Bashar al-Assad  on Friday sent a cable of congratulations  to President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, of the Republic of Argentina on the occasion of Argentina National Day .

On  behalf of the Syrian Arab people and his own behalf, the President expressed most sincere congratulations and best wishes to President de Kirchner and the friendly people of Argentina.


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Health Minister Calls for Rehabilitation of Health Sector devastated by Terrorists

GENEVA,(ST)_ Minister  of Health  Dr. Saad al-Nayef on Friday discussed with WHO 's Director Dr. Margaret Chan   efforts to meet  citizens health services under the crisis in Syria.

 The minister reviewed damages  inflected on the health sector and its employees as a result of continued terrorist  groups attacks  .

He invited Dr. Chan  to visit Syria  to be acquainted with health services provided by hospitals, and  health centers , despite pressures, pointing out that "the health sector is exposed to unprecedented systematic  misinformation campaign  waged by countries hostile to Syria," to achieve political objectives .

He noted the ministry 's focus on  the participatory approach with  the private sector  to meet social needs, noting  the existence of 62 NGO that support public sides  involved in humanitarian and relief activities and   the delivery of health services to those in need, especially the affected areas and temporary residence centers. 

He called on international health organizations for more "cooperation and material, technical and medical support for the  health sector in Syria  and to  contribute to the rehabilitation of affected health facilities "  under the US and European  economic  and banking embargo on Syria, which has direct impact on the Syrian citizens . 

For her part, Dr Chan, stressed WHO 's  continued support for the Syrian government to meet the health needs in all areas, expressing sympathy with the Syrian people under  the current crisis. 

Chan pointed out that it touched up closely during an earlier  visit to Syria, "achievements of the  health sector," stressing the organization's full commitment to deliver all kinds of aid and medical shipments to Syria through government crossings ,  in collaboration with government sides concerned. 

She commended the participatory approach carried out by the Ministry , with non-governmental organizations and local health associations in Syria  to meet health needs in all areas. 

The meeting was attended by Dr. Faisal al-Hamwi Syria 's Permanent Representative to the UN  Office in Geneva.

The meeting came  on the sidelines of the 66th session of the World Health Assembly, which will continue until May 28 with the participation of 194 countries.


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Tunisian Politicians Donate their Blood to Syrian Army Wounded Fighters

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ In recognition  of sacrifices of the Syrian army in protecting the country   and deterring armed terrorists,  members of the Tunisian People's parties  delegation donated  blood for the wounded Syrian Arab Army at martyr Youssef al-Azmeh hospital in Damascus, expressing "solidarity with Syria people and army in the  fight against terrorism and extremism".

The party 's  secretary general Shukri Hermasi  renewed confidence in the ability of the Syrian people and army to overcome the crisis.

Members of the delegation  noted Syria 's role as a strong defender of Arabs causes , especially  that of Palestine,  pointing out that the sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army gives  a vivid example of Arab masses commitment in  defense of the homeland , people and greater  issues.


The Tunisian  delegation, currently visiting Syria, includes representatives of  the parties of al-Thawabit, the Liberal Unionists, the republican, the people 's Movement,  the Association of Loyalty to the Resistance Movement, Tunis Appeal , the Arab youth front to defend Syria, and   the Association in  Defence of the Arab nation,  besides political  and jurists activists.


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Syrian Arab army's operations against terrorists inside al-Qsir city continued

PROVINCES,(ST)_Units of armed forces are inching closer to al-Dab'a military airport amid reports of delivering fresh decisive blows to foreign-backed terrorists in the northern provinces and outside the capital.

A military source told SANA that the units of armed forces have pounded a hideout of terrorists near the industrial school inside al-Qsir city and targeted terrorist groupings in the western and southern quarters of the city.

"The armed forces have arrived at the dusty road in al-Dab'a village. They have targeted an armed terrorist group in al-Dab'a airport after it fled from al-Qsir," the source said.

It added that the armed forces killed Friday seven terrorists and injured others, who sneaked into Syria from Lebanon and tried to attack border guards' stations in Tal Hanash.

" A big number of terrorists has been eliminated in operations targeted terrorist groupings in quarters of al-Khaledeyeh, Bab Hod, Joret al-Shayyah, al-Hamedeyeh, al-Warsheh, al-Qarabis in Homs and villages of al-Dar al-Kabera, al-Rastan, al-Ghanto, Talbiseh, the southern al-Mashjar, Bet Hajjo, al-Amereyeh, al-Dab'a and eastern al-Bweda outside Homs," the military source said.

Army takes control of al-Zamaneyeh, al-Qasemeyeh

Meanwhile, the units of armed forces killed three terrorist leaders and their men in qualitative operations carried out in Doma, Eastern Ghouta, al-Hajar al-Aswad, Yabroud, Barzeh, Jobar and Adra areas outside Damascus.

As many as four Afghani terrorists were killed in Yabroud area and around nine  explosive devices, of the weight 15-25 kg/each, have been dismantled during the operations, which targeted terrorists' caches, weapons and hideouts in the said area.

Yesterday, the armed forces imposed control over al-Zamaneyeh and al-Qasmeyeh areas in the eastern Ghouta outside Damascus.

In the northern Aleppo province, the units of armed forces have destroyed two booby-trapped bulldozers and anti-aircraft gun near central prison and eliminated unknown number of terrorists on roads of al-Msalameyeh-Aleppo and Menbej-albab, and in al-Layramon, Dahret Abd rabbo areas, B'edin square, and Qabtan al-Jabal village.

More than 165 terrorists killed

However, the biggest number of terrorists was eliminated in operations carried out in countryside of Idleb, Lattakia and Hama.

According to SANA, more than 165 terrorists including non-Syrian ones were eliminated in the operations.

Saudi, Libyan, Egyptian, Chechen, Yemini, Jordanian, and Lebanese terrorists are among the death.

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.


Al-Zou'bi: "we absolutely don't trust in some AL members neither now nor in the future”

DAMASCUS, (ST)- "the Arab League  AL –in the absence of Syria-is a futile body with its political, law and charter must be reconsidered, "underscored  Information Minister, Omran al-Zou'bi.

Replying to reporters 'questions , al-Zou'bi  was quoted as saying" no room for the AL in any national cause as  it lacks wisdom and sobriety and because of ignoring pan-national principles ,"adding  that honest Arabs at the Al could be rely upon as regards putting an end to the hegemony of political bankrolling and terrorism.

Al-Zou'bi affirmed that the Arab League has a destructive role in , asserting that "any attempt to hinder the political solution will be doomed to be failed".

Frankly speaking, al-Zou'bi went on saying, "we absolutely don't trust in some AL members  neither now nor in the future,"

" Qatar violates the 1373 UN Resolution on combatting terrorism  through bankrolling terrorists  in Syria .This simply means that if the said resolution put into force   then the Qatari money should be put under censorship and consequently prevent the Qatari government from playing with  the Arab people's money,"al-Zou'bi concluded.


Some 644 Displaced Syrians Returned from Jordan

AMMAN, (ST)_ Jordanian sources confirmed on Thursday  increasing numbers of Syrians displaced by the armed terrorist groups, who are  voluntarily returning from Jordan to their homeland and the significantly low number of displaced people coming to  al- Zaatari camp  . 

The sources reported that on Tuesday some 271 displaced Syrians returned   voluntarily back home and other 373 on Wednesday.

 Several fires erupted in al- Zaatari  camp that claimed the lives  of many Syrians  ,  including children because of the lack of basic humanitarian needs   beside harsh treatment by the Jordanian security forces, which used tear gas and toxic against  displaced Syrians  protesting against their cruel living circumstances inside the camp.


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Deteriorated Health Conditions in the Golan , Result of Occupation Repressive Practices- Minister

GENEVA,(ST)_ Minister  of Health, Dr. Saad Nayef stressed  health conditions of the Syrian citizens in the occupied Golan "are  deteriorating as a result of the Israeli occupation and its repressive practices" ,  and the lack of   health care services .

In his speech during a session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva dedicated to health conditions in the occupied Syrian Golan and the occupied Palestinian territories , the Minister noted  continued suffering of Syrian prisoners in Israeli jails , resulted in disabilities such as sight loss and ,liver infections , acute intestinal infections, spinal pain and other injuries and life-threatening diseases .

He added that  Syrian and Arab prisoners are continuously used   as experiments to test drugs and subjected to the worst kinds of torture and ill-treatment in order  to extract confessions from them   for acts , they did not commit .

 He  also pointed the Israeli occupation authorities burial of  nuclear waste and barrels  containing radioactive materials and toxic substances in secret warehouses within the Golan territory in addition to mining the cease-fire line with nuclear mines and radioactive materials, stressing that such acts are but a  crime contrary to all norms of international humanitarian  conventions and a flagrant assault to the Syrian people.

 "Syria  holds the Israeli occupation authorities responsible   for any environmental or health complications in the villages of the Golan result from the burial of this toxic waste " the Minister stressed.

 "The  Israeli occupation authorities ignored over the past years repeated requests by Syria, on  the need to provide medical service for the Syrian citizens in the villages of the occupied Golan, especially building  construction four health centers in Majdal Shams, Buq'ata , Ein Qenya and al-Ghajar  villages." He underscored.

 "The Immoral practices of the Israeli occupation authorities confirm the international community's inability to carry out its responsibilities towards the rights of Syrian citizens in the occupied Golan", the minister said , calling  on WHO "to intervene immediately and take effective action to stop the inhuman Israeli practices against the health of the Syrian citizen."

 The World Health  Assembly  which approved a draft resolution on the health conditions in the occupied  Golan, by a majority of votes and opposed by Israel and the US , Canada and Australia  due to be released at the end of its meetings  next week. " 

The resolution demands WHO Director-General to provide technical assistance related to the health of the Syrian population in the occupied Golan. 

The Assembly began works of its 66th session on Monday and will continue through  May 28, with the participation of 194 countries. 

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