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Expatriates New Campaign in Support of Homeland

BRUSSELS,(ST)-Under  the message  "I am a Syrian expatriate and I will help my people at home"  Syrian expatriates in Brussels launched a raise funding campaign to support the Syrians who were displaced by  armed terrorist groups  and opted to stay inside Syria.

The event came at the initiative of young Syrian expatriates in Brussels and the Belgian Rev Daniel Mays , who is the chief of Saint James Monetary in Qara city, to collect donations from members of the Syrian Community, several Lebanese donors and aids provided by Belgian churches.

On the objective of the initiative, initiative co-organizer Ali Ghandour said on behalf of   the Syrian Expatriates in Belgium:  "Our hearts are with our people  in Syria .. Your steadfastness  foiled the world conspiracy against Syria  . It is our duty, now,  to  compensate  just part of what  you have given. "

Ghandour added that the donation will be in the form of  clothes , food , stationery for schools, medicines and milk for children and will be sent to Syria by the Belgian Aid Foundation, in cooperation with Saint James Monastery and Rev. Daniel Mays.

He continued that the aid will be distributed in the city sports camp in Lattakia.

On future initiatives, Ghandour indicated that another initiative is underway dedicated  for martyrs children, who sacrificed their blood  for Syria 's unity and steadfastness.

 He commended the close cooperation between Syrian communities in Belgium, Holland and France to mobilize Syrian youths potentials in the  service of  their homeland Syria, noting that cooperation to this end will be expanded to include other Syrian communities abroad.


T. Fateh

Terrorist Groups' Rape Crimes Force Many Syrian Families to Flee


WASHINGTON, (ST) - Women and girls in several Syrian areas are being exposed to rape by foreign–backed armed terrorist groups' members. Such crimes of sexual assault are being committed repeatedly, forcing many families to leave the homeland fleeing the inhuman practices of armed groups.

A report by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) revealed on Monday that "rape is the main reason behind the fleeing of many Syrian women and girls to neighboring countries," pointing out that the armed terrorist groups have been using rape crimes as a war means to pressure the people in areas under their control.

The U.S.-based Committee said that in the light of the assessments it made in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, it found that rape is the main reason for the fleeing of families from Syria.

The Committee added that it had provided information about crimes of kidnapping, torturing, raping and killing girls and women in Syria.

It expressed victims' fear of being exposed to revenge by the rapists themselves who threaten them of scandal if they filed a complaint against the attackers.

The foreign-backed armed terrorist groups have committed most horrible crimes under arm threat against the Syrians. It wasn't enough for the terrorists to steal people's properties, but persisted in the acts of killing everyone who resists them, mutilating dead bodies, burning houses and raping women and underage girls.

According to the Syrians, rape crimes have been the most painful terrorist act which uncovered the vindictive terrorism of armed groups and make it open to the public. However it led the Syrians to unite in their battle against the terrorists of al-Qaeda, NATO mercenaries and Sheikhs of the petrodollar.


H. Mustafa  

Syrian Rural Oven, Attractive Tourist Phenomenon, Means Supporting People's Life

The Syrian rural oven, which has become a popular phenomenon in our country, has a very old story that goes on with tales of women in the countryside who gather around it and exchange happy and sad news in addition to a lot of funny tales while making their delicious bread.

According to some people, the oven is no more than a small corner in the house that can be used only to change paste into bread. For others, and from a scientific point of view, building an oven reflects the genius of the oven's first-builder who had made use from the three most important discoveries humanity had ever witnessed which are: fire, pottery, and domestic wheat.

A few of us know that only skillful persons can build an oven.  They had to be accurate while mixing tile with clay to build the oven walls then they must make a hole in the bottom of the oven in order to drive ashes out. When heating process begins, the oven must be anointed with a piece of cloth wetted with water and salt.

In the past, the oven was one of the most important characteristics of rural life. Every two or three families had their own oven where women make bread for their families.

 Ovens began to disappear gradually due to life developments. Nowadays, ovens have restored their important role as an attractive tourist phenomenon and as a means supporting rural people's life.

 The Syrian folkloric ovens have become a popular phenomenon that can be noticed along Syrian tourist and mountainous roads. They have become very important stops for every traveler or tourist who seeks enjoying the charming nature and tasting the delicious food and pastries baked with various flavors such as cheese, shinkleesh, chard and red pepper.

Oven owners are keen to use sweet-smelling fragrant plants such as basil, oak, and sage as firewood because such plants give special and distinguished flavor to bread.                                           

A lot of people wonder what makes us enjoy eating such kind of simple food. Emotionally speaking, I think, it is because of the smell and the taste of such food which take us back to the simple life that our grandparents had lived. Our grandmothers were experts in preparing healthy food depending on natural resources.

Amal Farhat

Heinous crimes in the name of Alsharia




 “Yesterday Al Jazeera interviewed Jabhat al Nusrah Al Qaeda terrorists in Aleppo Syria asking them who they are!!!! The commander responded: “we’re bunch of oppressed people who the world has condemned , and they come here to Syria from around the world for Jihad!!!! He claimed :”we don’t have links to any internal or external forces in Syria and we fight for the establishment of an Islamic state based on Sharia.

 Our lives are being made hell by the armed groups. We are all wearing coats in the house. We are freezing in the winter. There is no fuel. There is no gaz, the price of any material doubled, because of the sanctions on Syria..Is this your Sharia?

Yet, every western government is pretending to be speaking for the Syrian people. In fact, they are completely ignoring what the Syrian people want. The Syrian people want peace, security and return to normal life. The Syrian people have had enough with the unscrupulous world powers playing with the plight of the Syrian people and causing us more suffering while they reside in palaces and hotels, travel with bodyguards and worry about feeling too full at the dinner tables. They don’t worry about the millions of the Syrian people who are shivering in their beds either out of fear, cold or hunger. We tell them, please stop meddling in our affairs under the pretext of helping the Syrian people….

Yesterday In the cold streets of Damascus, in snow weather. I stopped on two checkpoints for the Syrian army, there was a soldier, or more, they are men, real men,  great Syrian men standing in this tough weather, with tender smile on the face and very tiring eyes, just to protect us, to protect Syria from destruction, from those who came to Syria in the name of sharia or jihad, one of them asked me : are you going to work? I answered: yes, he smiled and asked me not to be late because the snow will be thicker, I couldn't help myself from crying, he is caring about me than himself, he wants me to comeback safe to my home, but he will stand there all day and night, just for us to be safe, God bless the Syrian soldiers protecting the people against terrorism.


Butheina Alnounou




Some SYP 120mln Transferred to Civil Society Associations to Provide Relief Services to Terrorism-Hit Families

DAMASCUS, (ST) - As part of the government's plan to ease the suffering of the victims of armed terrorist groups, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs transferred an amount of (SYP) 120 million to 105 civil society associations working in the relief field as a financial aid with the purpose of supporting these associations and help them provide necessary assistance to terrorism-hit families living in and outside temporary housing centers.

Jasem Mohammad Zakarayya, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, said in a statement to SANA that "The financial aid is to enable civil society associations to meet all the requirements of displaced families in temporary housing centers, including diesel oil, stoves, winter clothes and other basic needs. In addition, a kind of financial assistance is to be presented to citizens in need under the Ministry's supervision."

Minister Zakarayya, who reiterated the need to render assistance to all terrorism victims in different areas of the country, pointed out that within the National Relief Program the Higher Relief Committee provides assistance to 400 thousand affected families in and outside temporary housing centers based on its own data.

"The Higher Committee, in cooperation with concerned parties and in coordination with the Syrian Red Crescent Society as well as the civil society association, is following up the distribution of the aid and working hard to eliminate obstacles hindering the transferring of the this aid in order to guarantee just distribution.

Financial aid is provided to remarkably active civil society associations which proved ability to run relief activities.


H. Moustafa

On the eve of the new year

There are moments in a man's life when one has to say farewell, yet this carries hope and the will of renewal.

A year passes away leaving its imprints on everything: the masses and their movements, events and their effects, the good and what brings of happiness, evil and its misery, nature and the changes of its signposts, knowledge which increases and civilization with its progress and development.

Yes... let's us open new pages and write new lines about the new year. Let us write with hope, with aspiration to the good of mankind, with our self- confidence to live effectively extending the hand of love to every one, for the new world, the shining sun, the blue sky, the fresh air, peace, love, brotherhood,  for the children and their innocence, hope for hope and a bright future for mankind.

with all those things, we receive our new days, our new year.What happiness we long for! what hopes we aspire to! What meetings will be! What changes will take place!

The first day begins. I imagine that I am wandering from one place to another, to see families having their delicious meals and drinks. In the eyes of the members of these families are the flashes of pain, yet their hearts beat for a real pleasure in the future. The faces are laughing though what they have faced over the past year. Their thoughts are blooming in spite of the hardships they have suffered. All people are meeting, laughing and singing a new happy year.

On this occasion, I cannot help remembering my homeland. Will those who are sad for a long time be happy again? Will they meet around the table of unity? Will the terrorism be defeated? Will justice triumph?

On this new year's eve, we will stand up to our dignity and honor. Oh.. our Jerusalem, Golan we shall return to you. History writes it down, time passes and our nation is not going to surrender to injustice. We will return to you as a new year has come. We will return to carry olive branches, exchange greetings and sit around, we will be glad to receive the new year.




Syria Times Reporters Tour Yarmouk Camp




Displaced Palestinian families began returning  to their houses in the Yarmouk Camp after they were enforced to leave their homes by the armed terrorist groups’ attacks on them.

The families  were forced to leave the camp last Sunday, following hard terrorists attacks on them, and they were welcomed by Syrian families, the governmental schools and UNRWA’s schools and training centers in and around Damascus.

According to Palestinian humanitarian activists about seven thousand Palestinians could return to their houses in the camp.

Syria Times reached to the camp and met with families who returned to their houses after days of displacement : Yusuf, 40, Palestinian refugee lives with his wife and four children in Aroubah quarter , southern the Yarmouk Camp said to Syria Times reporter, while he was fixing his house and preparing it for his frightened family’s members:

“ I am so happy that I could return to my house again. When we left last Sunday’s afternoon, I expected I will never ever see my  house again. We were living in peace and calm in the camp and practice normal life till those armed terrorists attacked our quarter and enforced us to leave. They were very hard with us and told us to leave in few hours or we will be killed. In a rush, I told my wife to prepare some garments and clothes for the children to leave the house. I phoned my brother who lives in Jiddedah Artouz, 15km south western Damascus, and told him to host us. My brother was very kind with us and he offered for us what we need although he is very poor man who has five sons and daughters. I will never forget the hardest two hours till we could leave the camp. The armed terrorists were touring in their arms and frighten unarmed residents who were running with their sons, women, elders and carrying big bags in their hands. I am happy that the Syrian Arab Army helped us to return to our  houses in peace. The Palestinians will never forget what the President Bashar Al-Assad and Syrian government offered them. Palestinians in Syria want to live in peace and they are guests in this country till they can return to their hometowns in the occupied Palestinian territories.”

Syria Times made a tour in the camp and watched how life began returning  to normalcy. Some shops, restaurants, and bakeries are opened for people who wanted to buy their needs and food stuff. Dozens of cars and trucks were driving in the Camp’s main street.

There were some families were waiting at the Camp’s northern entrance near Al-Basher Mosque, for their relatives and families’ members to entre to the camp together.

Abu Kinan, 45, a Palestinian refugee who  works in a private textile factory southern Damascus. He lives in his father-in-law’s house, near Al-Wassim Mosque in the Yarmouk Camp, with his family because they were enforced to leave their own house in Al-Hajar Aswad suburb, southern Damascus, which was attacked by the terrorist groups. Abu Kinan’s family was enforced to be displaced  for the second time in three months. He said:

“ I am calling the Syrian Arab Army to eliminate  these terrorist groups from the country. Syria was the most secure and stable state in the region. My family and I  are suffering for more than four months from those killers who use Islam and democratic slogans to cover their crimes. We left our house in Alhajar Aswad to move to my father-in-law’s three-room house in the Yarmouk Camp. My children were suffering hard to reach to their schools and saw the armed fighters deployed  around their schools and frightening  them. I left the camp as all people did last Sunday to a governmental school in Al-Zahara to spent a hard cold night with other displaced families; then next day I went to Khan Sheih Camp, 25km south western Damascus, to my friend’s house who offered us a room to spend three days. I and other hundred of Palestinian refugees organized a big rally on Thursday, December21, calling for the  kicking off of  all armed fighters and terrorists from the camp. The Palestinian camps in Syria always were safe and secure shelters for all people and should be kept safe and unarmed zone for Palestinian refugees and their Syrian brothers. No Arab state deals with Palestinians as Syria does. We , Palestinian refugees, have equal rights as Syrian citizens in all walks of life. We can work in private and public sectors, we get free education in the governmental schools and universities, and we can get free healthcare services in public hospitals and health centres. We should reward Syria and its government for all of these favors,  not stand against it. we should stand with the Syrian leadership to overcome this crisis. Friend in deed is a friend in need.”

The Camp’s residents began cleaning streets and opening shops to stress their will to keep life in the camp and challenge the terrorist groups who wanted to take the smile from the children and pushed the residents to leave their houses. The camp could overpass the crisis and give a hope that Syria will return as it was a homeland for all Arabs.


O.H/ I A