Larijani Stresses Syrian people right to self-determination by democratic means

 TEHRAN, (ST) _Head of the Iranian Shura Council Ali Larijani, renewed  his country  position on the Syrian people's right to self-determination by democratic means, without external interference,  through he constitution and elections and not through arms.

In an interview with al-Mayadeen TV on Friday Larijani said  that countries involved in the war on Syria aimed at striking resistance movements challenging the US and Zionist schemes to dismantle the region and plunder its resources, pointing out that the US  does not want to find a solution to the crisis in Syria , rather works  to provide the opposition  with weapons and create crises to destabilize the region.


He regretted that  some countries that have nothing to do democracy , call for advocating democracy in Syria,  wondering how these countries which has no  election can claim its commitment to the Syrian people, noting that the Israeli aggression on Syria showed that the issue is not democracy but to weaken Syria's support for resistance against  the Israeli entity.


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Nasralla:We Stand by the Syrians Who Want Construction Not Destruction

BEIRUT,(ST)-"the resistance has the upper hand in  driving the Israeli occupation forces out from Lebanon's lands and waters .Furthermore the resistance men have foiled Israel's schemes to build settlements  on the Lebanese soil as it did in the West Bank," said Hizbollah secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasralla.

Nasrall's remark came during a speech aired by the Lebanon-based al-Manar TV on Friday on the occasion of the Injured Fighter Day.

Commenting on the ongoing events in Syria, Nasralla clarified:" since the onset of the events in Syria ,our political stance was very clear where we took a decision to combat  the plot and its repercussion on the entire region. So  we are defending Syria and Lebanon ,".

"he who fights the Syrian people and relentlessly working on arming the "opposition" aims at toppling the "regime" and destroying Syria in the benefit of the Zionist-US project in the region. Hence ,we are standing by the Syrians who seek  reform not destruction," underscored Nasralla.


OCHA: 50 Palestinians injured, 13 others displaced in one week

A UN report said that around 50 Palestinians were injured in the West Bank and Gaza, 1,000 olive trees were damaged, and 30 people were displaced in East Jerusalem as a result of demolitions during the past week.

In its weekly report on Israeli human rights violations against Palestinians, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that 50 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli occupation forces, the majority of whom were minors.

The report (from 28 May to 3 June 2013) documented 18 Israeli attacks against Palestinian property and one that led to a Palestinian injury (in "Gilo" settlement in Jerusalem). “This represents a 50 per cent increase compared to the weekly average of such incidents so far in 2013. No settlers were injured this week.”

The report said that Israeli settlers set fire to or cut down at least 1,220 olive trees and slashed the tires, sprayed graffiti on or set fire to at least 16 cars. Anti-Christian and “price-tag” graffiti was sprayed by Israeli settlers on a church in the Old City of Jerusalem and on several houses and cars in Beitillu village in Ramallah.

The Israelis demolished 4 Palestinian-owned structures in East Jerusalem and Area C on the grounds that they lacked Israeli issued building permits. As a result 13 people, including five children, were displaced and the livelihoods of 34 other people were affected, the UN report documented during the past week.

The weekly report affirmed that a Palestinian farmer was shot and injured in Gaza Strip by Israeli occupation forces while he was approximately “300 meters from the fence between" Israel" and the Gaza Strip”.

Israeli occupation forces also conducted at least two land leveling operations a few hundred meters on the Gaza side of the fence on 29 May. These incidents took place in the context of access restrictions imposed by the Israeli occupation forces  in areas near the fence, the report said.


Supreme Leader Casts Vote

TEHRAN - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei cast his ballots in the 11th Presidential and 4th City and Village Councils elections minutes ago.

Polling started across the country at 08:00 hours Tehran's time (0330 GMT) Friday for both the Presidential and the City & Village Councils elections concurrently.

Voting will last 10 hours and ends at 6 pm, but it could be extended if necessary. Ballot counting will start at 24:00 Friday and final results will be announced in the following 24 hours.

Presidential campaign kicked off on May 22 after the Guardian Council released the list of 8 qualified candidates - although 6 have remained now - and ended at 8:00 on Thursday.

The qualified candidates represent a wide range of political streams from Principlists to reformers.

There are now 6 candidates left in the race after two of them quitted. They include Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, former Iranian Foreign Minister and Supreme Leader's top advisor for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati, Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary and chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, former SNSC Secretary and chief nuclear negotiator Hassan Rouhani, former Oil and Telecommunication Minister Seyed Mohammad Qarazi, and former Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezayee.

According to presidential election laws, all Iranian nationals above 18 years of age are eligible to vote.


Patriarchs Appeal Halting Foreign Intervention in Syria

BEIRUT,(ST) _ Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for the  Maronite Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rai and Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for Greek Orthodox John X Yazigi  called on all parties to stop foreign intervention in Syria.

In a joint appeal , following their meeting  in Bkirki patriarchate , on Thursday , cardinal al-Rai  and Patriarch Yazigi  expressed regret  over the continued cycle of violence in Syria, calling on all regional and international parties  to refrain from indulging in the crisis in Syria and urging everyone to work for peace in order to  safeguard the history of Syria and its civilizational role  which dates back to centuries.

The two men of religion cautioned the Syrians to the need to adopt a political solution  through dialogue as they are bound to live together under the rule formula stemmed from inside Syria  rather than imposed on them from outside. 

They also called on the  kidnappers of  bishops Paul Yazigi Metropolitan of Aleppo and Iskenderun for the  Greek Orthodox and John Ibrahim Metropolitan of Aleppo of the Syrian Orthodox Church and other kidnapped on  the Syrian territory and the countries concerned  for   their release , expressing  hope to continue efforts for the release of kidnapped wherever they are and whatever the circumstances of their disappearance, in  honor for man  and to safeguard freedoms in our societies.

On the other hand ,Cardinal al-Rai and  Patriarch Yazigi  called on the Lebanese  people to continue providing  services to the displaced from Syria, "according to our customs and traditions" and by virtue of relations of brotherhood and kinship that brings people together,  calling on regional countries and  international community and institutions to assume their  humanitarian responsibilities towards those displaced and help the Lebanese state and people in ensuring their  accommodation until they return back home very soon.

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