Ministry of Islamic Trusts: Suspending prayer (for funerals) in the mosques of Damascus and its countryside until further notice

On July 26, the Ministry of Islamic Trust announced the suspension of prayers "for funerals" in the mosques of Damascus and its countryside until further notice, in the context of precautionary measures to tackle the spread of the Coronavirus.

The Ministry stated that the dead person’s family members are only allow to do the ‘funeral prayer’ in the graveyard.

The Ministry called on the Directorates of Islamic Trusts in Damascus and Damascus Countryside to coordinate with the burial offices in the two governorates to ensure full compliance with the instructions in the interest of public safety.

On July 22, the Ministry  announced the suspension of the blessed Eid Al-Adha prayers in the Governorates of Damascus and Damascus Countryside , due to the spread of the Corona epidemic.

O. al-Mohammad

The Council of Ministers: Eid Al-Adha holiday from Friday, July 31 to Thursday, August 6

Damascus,(ST)- The Council of Ministers issued a communique today, stating that all public entities will be suspended from Friday, 7-31-2020, until Thursday, 6-8-2020, on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha.


Haifaa Mafalani

Eight civilians martyred in a booby-trapped motorcycle blast in Ras al-Ayn city

Hasaka, (ST)-  Eight civilians, including women and children, were martyred and others were injured in a booby-trapped motorcycle blast in Ras al-Ayn city, where terrorist groups affiliated to Erdogan’s regime are positioned, in Hasaka northeastern countryside.

Local sources told SANA reporter in Hasaka that a motorcycle parked in a vegetables market went off on Sunday morning as eight civilians, including women and children, were martyred and others sustained wounds some of them were serious, in addition to causing material damage to the locals’ properties.

The fifteenth general conference of the National Union of Syrian Students Kicks off ... Saati: The conference is exceptional and discusses the most important issues that concern the educated and informed student segment

Damascus,(ST)-Under the title "An era we renew with knowledge, steadfastness and victory", the works of the 15th General Conference of the National Union of Syrian Students was launched yesterday  in the Sahara Complex in Damascus countryside.

Participants in the conference will discuss, over a period of three days, reports submitted by the Federation's Central Council in the areas of organization, qualification, finance, scientific studies, external branches, culture, information, artistic and social activity, forums, national and volunteer work, sports activity, institutes, special education and informational issues.

In his opening speech during the  conference, Dr. Ammar Saati, member of the central leadership of the Baath Arab Socialist Party, head of the National Union of Syrian Students, praised the great sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army in combating terrorism,stressing that the the Syrian Arab Army maintained the covenant and fulfilled the promise and Syria is now  recovering despite all attempts to thwart its  with terrorism.

Dr. Saati denounced the unilateral coercive economic measures imposed on the Syrian people, stressing that Syria's enemies are trying today to strangle it with the economy  Dr. Saati said  “As we have all proven previously we will prove today and as we stayed here, we will remain here exercising our right to defend ourselves, our rights, our constitution and our existence , we look forward to doing this with our great leader Dr. Bashar al-Assad  ”

Dr. Saati indicated that the conference is not normal, but aims to create a state of dialogue between youth and stakeholders in government agencies to discuss the most important issues that concerns the educated and informed student segment, calling on the participants to be serious in dealing with the conference agenda and invest time on this topic.

Syria wins gold, silver and bronze medals in the finals of the International Informatics Camp in Russia

DAMASCUS- The Syrian Science Olympiad team, participating in the finals of the informatics camp recently organized by the Russian International School of Informatics "Junior" (ISIJ), has won gold, silver and bronze medals and ranked second in the competition.

Students from Russia, China, Britain, Belgium, New Zealand, Azerbaijan, Tunisia, and Syria took part in the competition which was held online between July 1st and 11th. The activities were conducted  in English and they included daily exercises and contests in addition to the final competition.

According to the Distinction and Creativity Agency, the gold medals went to grade 10 students: Hazem al-Dalati from al-Bassel School for Excelled Students in Homs and Mohammad Wael Sultan from al-Bassel School for Excelled Students in Aleppo.

Syrian diplomats: US violates international laws and conventions by intercepting Iranian passenger plane over Syria

NEW YORK, (ST)- Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, said on Friday that intercepting an Iranian passenger plane by US fighter jets in Syrian airspace is a double criminal act that doesn't only violate Syrian sovereignty, but also international laws and the Chicago Convention for international civil aviation.  

In a statement to the Iranian News Agency (IRNA), al-Jaafari affirmed that the US should be held accountable for threatening an Iranian passenger plane over Syria, in order to ensure that this act will not be repeated. He reiterated that the presence of US forces in Syria is illegal and that it is an occupation.

"They didn't even respect their own commitments towards the safety of  civil airlines," he indicated, referring to Chicago Convention signed in the Unites States.

Turkish-backed terrorists continue to loot citizens' properties in the villages of Syria's Afrin in Aleppo countryside

ALEPPO, (ST)- The Turkish-backed terrorist organizations continue again and again to loot citizens' properties in the villages of Afrin area in Aleppo northern countryside where terrorists have heavy presence.

Local sources told SANA reporter that over the past hours, terrorists affiliated to "al-Hamazat Division", a mercenary terror group that serves the Turkish occupation agenda in Syria, stormed citizens' houses in the villages of Syria's Afrin city, ransacked them and stole their contents, including money, furniture and household items, while residents of the houses were watching helplessly.

The sources said that the terrorist groups are receiving orders from the Turkish regime to commit heinous crimes in Afrin area to harass the locals in order to displace them and relocate the families of terrorists in their place and on their property in a bid to make a Turkish-designed demographic change in this area.