Defense Minister: Syrian Army Strong, Invincible

DAMASCUS, (ST) - The Syrian Arab Army is well-trained, invincible and strong enough to preserve the unity of the Syrian land against foreign-backed terrorist groups' attempts to fragment the country, Deputy Commander-in- Chief of the Army and Armed Forces, Minister of Defense, Gen. Fahd Jassem al-Freij underscored on Monday.

In a statement to the Syrian TV, Gen al-Freij said the Israeli enemy had ordered the armed terrorist groups to target Syria's air defenses as Israel realizes that Syria has a kind of long-range defenses which can cover Israel entirely.

He pointed out that the armed terrorist groups target Syrian air defenses on a daily basis and by all means. Therefore, the Command decided to keep these defenses in secure areas and out of the reach of terrorist groups' attacks.

Gen. al- Freij stressed that the Israeli attack against the Scientific Research Center of Jamraya in Damascus Countryside was carried out in coordination with the armed terrorist groups in Syria, particularly after this center had been exposed to tens of failed attacks by these groups.

He described the aggression as a kind of Israeli response to the armed groups' losses and to the successful Syrian army operations against terrorists and mercenaries.

The Defense Minister said that with the purpose of protecting the lives of soldiers, the armed forces may evacuate some military positions either because of the small number of guards or because the positions are not so important or too far from basic military centers, referring in this respect to the airport of Taftanaz, close to the Turkish borders. He said the airport, which is of no military or strategic importance, contains out of service helicopters and has a technical staff that is not qualified to fight in such battles.

He pointed out that after the airport had been exposed to a greater pressure by the terrorists for almost a month, the Command decided not to expose the lives of its personnel to danger any more, so it intended to evacuate the personnel from the airport and transfer the valid military equipments to safer palces.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Regarding the Palestinian Camp of al-Yarmouk, which is currently suffering terrorist groups' practices, Gen Freij said the Syrian army didn't enter al-Yarmouk Camp. The armed groups entered the camp by orders from Israel with the purpose of embarrassing Syria and showing the Syrian army as if it entered the camp to target the Palestinians.

"The trap was uncovered, so Syria left the issue of the camp to the Palestinians to solve it the way they see as proper to rid themselves from the armed groups," the minister said.

 

He stressed that Syria leads the axis of resistance which confronts the Zionist-American scheme in the region. This scheme had tried to weaken and undermine Syria from outside for years, but its failure led conspirators to try to undermine Syria from inside, so they kept funding, arming and sheltering foreign-backed takfiri groups, mercenaries and conspirators from inside the country to achieve their goal.

Gen. Freij pointed out that the armed terrorist groups target the living of Syrian citizens by hitting the state's infrastructure including the hospitals, schools, factories in addition to the sector of basic services like electricity, water, fuel and transportation.

"The terrorist acts of sabotage, killing and mutilation serve only Syria's enemies, said the minister, pointing out that it is the duty of the state and the armed forces to help supply and relief materials reach terrorism-affected citizens, but the terrorists block aid convoys, stole materials and burn the cars carrying assistance.

Gen. Freij affirmed that the armed forces will spare no effort to protect the economic and services facilities and to help supply materials reach the terrorism-hit families. He urged citizens to cooperate with the army forces by providing information about the presence of terrorist groups, stressing that the army's main task is to protect borders and confront the Zionist enemy which occupies our lands.

"Basically, the armed forces task is not to pursuit armed gangs, but when a large number of terrorists is recruited to implement a conspiracy against Syria, it becomes the duty of the armed forces to confront these terrorists in case they entered any district, village or city in the country," al-Freij said.

The Defense Minister stressed that the terrorists intend to displace the people of every district they entered to and even kill all who don't support them. "Here, comes the role of the army in clearing the area from terrorists, bringing back the displaced to their houses and restoring normal live to the area," the minister said.

He added terrorists used to hide in populated areas and the Syrian army delays military operations in these areas starting from its keenness to protect the lives of innocent civilians and minimize destruction.

In his interview with the Syrian TV, the minister tackled other issues like the Command's efforts to assist families of army martyrs and measures to release military personnel kidnapped by terrorist groups.

 

H. Mustafa              

UNICEF begin providing water treatment kits for 10 million people in Syria

Amman,(ST)- UNICEF said on Monday, it began the a large-scale process in Syria aims to ensure the supply of safe drinking water to more than 10 million people, or about half the Syrian population.

On Sunday Four trucks crossed the Jordanian border  carrying 80 tons of sodium hypochlorite supplies for water treatment. Heading specifically to Homs, Aleppo, Hama and Idlib. In the coming weeks, UNICEF will deliver 1,000 metric tons of chlorine to the cities and communities in all parts of the 14 Syrian governorates

 Mr. Yousef Abdul Jalil, UNICEF Representative in Syria said: "The timing of this process is very important in light of the sharp decline in the supply of chlorine in Syria and that caused the scarcity of safe water, which could expose the population - especially children - of diarrhea and other diseases transmitted through water

This distribution is being carried out  with the coordination of technical sections in the Ministry of Water Resources and the Syrian Red Crescent.

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Syrian Crisis in Dramatic Work

The official Syrian Television and Radio General Production Company has tried before to address the turmoil engulfing the country, even in the early days of the uprising.

A directive came from the higher-ups requesting that the agency produce work related to the crisis, which led to the hurried production of “Fouq al-Saqaf” (Over the Roof - 2011), a sketch comedy show that looks at Syrians’ lives in the early days of the uprising.

In 2012, the production company produced some successful television drama series that maintained their distance from the intensifying upheaval. It was not until media personality Diana Jabbour took the helm of the agency that we started to see more serious dramatic works that examined Syria’s new reality.

The surprise came after a collaboration between the national production company and director Najdat Anzour, who remained largely absent from television drama production last year.

It was not until media personality Diana Jabbour took the helm of the agency that we started to see more serious dramatic works that examined Syria’s new reality. Despite his poor relationship with Jabbour, Anzour was offered the production of a new drama series called “Under the Nation’s Sky,” which consists of ten stories, each made up of three episodes, directly addressing the consequences of the Syrian crisis.

One episodic trio, titled “al-Hamidiya,” revolves around a couple whose relationship is strained by displacement. The story probes the lives of those who did not directly engage in the fighting, but paid a heavy price, whether as a result of the dire economic situation or the kidnappings and bombings. The concerns of Syria’s minorities are also broached in the series, reflecting their fears of an uncertain future.

Nevertheless, it appears that a serious dramatic work addressing the current crisis will see the light of day...and with the full consent of the authorities.

Source:Al-Akhbar-by:Wissam Kanaan

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Iranian Pivotal Role in the Interest of Dialogue and Peace

 

Syria, given the huge popular support to its steadfast leadership in the face of aggressive policies, is the country of Resistance, underscored Dr. Saeed Jalili, the visiting Iranian Secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council.

In a press conference on Monday, Dr. Jalili, reiterated the support of Iran, making use of all its relations in international forums, to Syria,.

Dr. Jalili pointed out that the crisis in Syria can be sorted out only through national dialogue and political solutions within the frame of a pure Syrian solution, voicing Iran's welcome to any group or political faction  joining of the national dialogue.

"the political program presented by President Bashar Al-Assad is the appropriate bases for national dialogue,'' said Dr. Jalili, hoping that the Syrian National Dialogue would reach to positively reflected on the Syria outcomes.

Dr. Jalili recalled the pivotal role played by the recently held in Tehran dialogue conference under the motto " no to violence, yes to dialogue'' as to reach to a pure Syrian solution, reiterating the need to respect political solutions in the countries of the region, solving problems through dialogue.

Dr. Jalili underlined Iran's rejection to and condemnation of foreign interferences and violence and terrorist acts, asserting that the Zionist enemy is but to regret its recent aggression against a scientific research center in Damascus Countryside.

The Iranian visiting official, renewed Iran's support to the countries' right to possess nuclear power for peaceful reasons, opposition to deployment of nuclear weapons in the region, and Iran's calls as to free the region from all weapons of Mass destruction.

Dr. Jalili earlier, during his meeting with President Al-Assad , voiced trust in Syrian leadership’s wisdom in dealing with this Israeli attack that targets Syria’s Leading role in resistance, asserting Iran's unlimited support for the Syrian people in confronting the Zionist entity.

“Iran is keen on incessant coordination with Syria to confront foreign conspiracies that seek to destabilize the whole region,” Jalili said, highly lauding the political plan outlined by President Bashar Al-Assad as to resolve the crisis in Syria and the government’s efforts to implement it.

During his meeting with Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi, Dr. Jalili condemned 'Israel's idiocy' in reference to Israel's aggression on Syria.

National Reconciliation Minister, Ali Haidar, discussed with Dr.  Jalili, the horizons of national dialogue and the ministry's role in enhancing peace and tolerance among Syrian citizens to surpass the crisis and restore stability and security.

Dr. Jalili underlined that the hopeless attempts of Syria's enemies to take revenge on the Syrian people through attacking infrastructure and going ahead with trade embargo targets steadfastness and resistance, asserting: "The enemies claim that they are defending the Syrian people and supporting them while they are hatching conspiracy against them,"

 Dr. Jalili stated  that the ongoing terrorist attempts and sabotage in Syria would have no result, expressing satisfaction over the ongoing political process among various Syrian political groups and the government, asserting that the Islamic world would not tolerate any moves by the enemies, particularly the Zionist regime, against Syria.

 

M.A.

 

 

 

Algeria, Sudan, Deplore Enemy Aggression on Syria

CAPITALS, (ST)_Algeria condemned the recent Israeli aggression Jamraya in  Rural Damascus, describing it as  "prejudice to Syria 's sovereignty and territorial integrity."

In a statement circulated by the Algerian Embassy in Damascus on Monday, the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: "Algeria strongly condemns the Israeli air attacks against Syria, Israel's violation of the international law and the prejudice to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States."

Similarly, Sudan condemned in the strongest terms the Israeli criminal aggression against Jamraya scientific research center, calling on Liberals in the world to condemn this barbaric act and all who stand behind it.

A statement by the Sudanese Foreign Ministry said that this attack, which came after the frequent Israeli  officials ' threats against Syria recall the  Israeli policy which is built  on the law of the jungle rather than the international law.

The statement noted that the Sudanese Foreign Ministry condemns in the strongest terms this attack on Syria and "considers it an attack on a sovereign country, taking advantage of its internal situations", to settle special matters pertinent to the Zionist entity.

 

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Algeria, Sudan, Deplore Enemy Aggression on Syria

CAPITALS, (ST)_Algeria condemned the recent Israeli aggression Jamraya in  Rural Damascus, describing it as  "prejudice to Syria 's sovereignty and territorial integrity."

In a statement circulated by the Algerian Embassy in Damascus on Monday, the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: "Algeria strongly condemns the Israeli air attacks against Syria, Israel's violation of the international law and the prejudice to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States."

Similarly, Sudan condemned in the strongest terms the Israeli criminal aggression against Jamraya scientific research center, calling on Liberals in the world to condemn this barbaric act and all who stand behind it.

A statement by the Sudanese Foreign Ministry said that this attack, which came after the frequent Israeli  officials ' threats against Syria recall the  Israeli policy which is built  on the law of the jungle rather than the international law.

The statement noted that the Sudanese Foreign Ministry condemns in the strongest terms this attack on Syria and "considers it an attack on a sovereign country, taking advantage of its internal situations", to settle special matters pertinent to the Zionist entity.

 

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Terrorists attacked al- Medaan, Qaboon, Electricity Stations

DAMASCUS, (ST) _ Terrorists on Monday evening attacked "Medaan 2 high-voltage" electricity converter station, resulted in significant damage at the plant and power outages in many areas of Damascus and its countryside.

A source in the Ministry of Electricity told SANA that the terrorist attack caused electricity interruption in al-Qadam, Housh Blas, Sahnaya, al-Sbieneh amd al-Hajar al-Aswad areas that are fed by the station.

The source added that the terrorists also targeted the high-voltage line that feeds "Kaboon 2" electricity transfer station "Kabon 2" and this led to power outages in several areas, to the east of Damascus.

The Ministry's maintenance and repair workshops are working to repair the damage to restore electricity to all affected areas very soon, the source noted.

 

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