Justice Ministry receives missing persons' relatives every Thursday

She was waiting her turn in the office of missing persons in Justice Ministry in Damascus to get any piece of information about her son, who left his home two years ago and had not returned since.

The sad mother wanted to know whether her son is still alive or not. "When I see a video on Television about persons killed by terrorist organizations, I wonder whether my son is among the victims. My son is a civilian. He left his home in Duma district in Damascus countryside and had not returned yet," she said.

Another woman was searching for information about her 70-year-old husband, who went to get his pension in Harasta suburb in the same province [Damascus countryside] and had not returned.

'Our voices' initiative focuses on Syrian people with supernatural power

"Our Voices" is the title of an initiative organized Wednesday by the 'Martyr's Mother' Group and the voluntary 'Nosor Syria' Team in al-Assad Library in Damascus on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The initiative included a documentary film talks about 7 persons with special needs facing difficulties during study and work and focuses on ambitions and talents of those persons and their needs for support. 

The film, directed by al-Mohannad Kalthom , was produced by the Syrian General Commission of Radio and Television and it had the same title of the initiative 'our voices'.

National Dialogue to end the ongoing crisis


DAMASCUS, (ST)_ Mahmoud Marai, the Secretary General of the Damascus –based opposition National Democratic Action Committee in Syria talks to Syria Times.

 What is your Committee stance from the Russian support?

 We support the Russian airstrikes against terrorism and terrorist groups of Da’ash, al-nusra and others. These airstrikes are very useful to root out terrorism.  What Russia did, at the official request of Syria, in one month is more than what the United States –led coalition did in more than a year.

Opposition figure and founder of the Syrian National Youth Party interviewed by the Syria Times


What does the Syrian National Youth Party call for?

 I participated in different meetings and gatherings which  called for reform and change in the Syrian political and economic government structure. A number of Syrian figures and I gathered on ‘ Syria First’, ‘ Syrian chauvinist’ and ‘the Syrian national and secular identity’.

 The Syrian government issued the Law of Parties on August 3, 2011. According to the new law, I could gather 1000 members in seven Syrian governorates and apply to license the Syrian National Youth Party. I got the approval on April 15, 2012, since then the Party works legally in Syria and opened different offices. The Party logo is (Freedom, Justice and Building) and to liberate the Israeli occupied Golan and Turkish occupied Iskenderun. The Party has branches in Damascus, Rural Damascus, Lattakia, Tartous, Sweida, Al-Hassaka and Aleppo governorates.  

 What is your vision to put an end to the crisis in Syria and how?

 Our Party has a clear vision to end the crisis in Syria by supporting President Bashar Al-Assad because he is the national guarantee to bolster the new democratic life.

Our Party also supports the Syrian Arab Army and Armed Forces in their war against terrorism and terrorists. Our party has a military wing and there are hundreds of our party members fighting with the Syrian Army against the terrorist groups in Sweida and Damascus Countryside governorates.

 Our strategy is based on the national reconciliation and national dialogue over all Syrian cities and towns. Our party succeeded  in achieving a national reconciliation in the town of Hafer, northern Damascus and attracting eleven armed groups from the opposition side to fight together with the Syrian Arab Army. 

 How do you see the Russian support to the Syrian Arab Army in combating terrorism?

 Everyone carries arm against armless people and the governmental infrastructure is a terrorist. This is not an opposition. The Russian support came after an official demand from the Syrian legitimate government to the Russian government.

 The majority are supporting the Russian role in rooting out terrorism because the United States –led Coalition didn’t succeed  in fighting the terrorism.The Russian support will also speed up the political solution in Syria.  

 How you evaluate the Syrian internal and external oppositions?

 The Syrian internal opposition groups and parties are committed to the Syrian national principles, the unity of Syrian territory and people, preserving the Syrian state and its establishments, preserving the power of the Syrian Arab Army which represents all Syrians and the civil peace.

The external Syrian oppositions don’t believe in these principles and internationalized the Syrian crisis from the Arab League to the United Nation Security Council. The external oppositions live on foreign interference.

 Can you tell our readers little about Maher Morhej?

 I was born in Damascus city in 1976. After I graduated from Faculty of the Electric Engineering in Aleppo University, I established the Macca for Trading and Contracting. I participated in different investment conferences and wrote different articles in business and economic life.

 Interviewed by Obaida Al-Mohammad




Families of army personnel honored, more projects inaugurated in Tartous


DAMASCUS – Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi honored on Saturday a number of families of martyred and injured army personnel in Tartous province.

The Premier conveyed to the families the greetings of President Bashar al-Assad, on whose directions he was acting, stressing that the honoring reflects a message of appreciation and loyalty to the sacrifices of the army personnel made in line of them defending the homeland, SANA reported.

The children and families of the martyrs, he affirmed, are “our responsibility because they deserve a lot,” noting that the government has started implementing plans to fund small and micro projects aimed at empowering the martyrs’ families.

2000 martyrs' families honored on 42nd anniversary of October War

The Syrian Association for the Support of Martyr's Families 'Tammoz" [July] held yesterday a ceremony at the Damascus Opera House to honor hundreds of the martyr's families on the occasion of the 42 anniversary of the October War.

As many as 2000 martyrs' families were honored during the activity attended by Deputy Commander-in- Chief of the Army and the Armed Forces, Defense Minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij, Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi and religious, civil and artistic dignitaries.

Delegations from 39 countries participate in International Conference for Youths in Damascus

More than 200 students and journalists have come from 39 Arab and foreign countries to Syria in order to take part in the International Conference for Youths kicked off on Sunday at the Khan Asaad Basha in Damascus under the title a 'step for Syria'.

Some of the participants came from countries that support terrorist organizations in Syria in order to say that the people of those countries are against the policies of their government.