Al-sweida honors its children




A special celebration for honoring 125 prominent students from the governorate`s elementary schools (the basic education stage) was organized in Sweida by the branch of al-Ba`ath Vanguards organization in the governorate.

The celebration which aimed at enhancing children's potential in all fields; namely in the fields of information technology, English language, media , sport and physics was held after many competitions between the governorate's schools.

"The event plays key role in encouraging students, and it also upgrades children's awareness ,in addition to the role it plays in motivating other students." Assistant of the education department`s director in the governorate Tareq Araj said during the event.

The 125 students including  17 students are honored by the educational informatic bureau and 36 by the theater and music office ,19 by the cultural bureau and 36 by the arts one ,and 17 by the sport office.

The celebration was held under the patronage of the Al-sweida governor Attif Al-naddaf in the presence of the party branch secretary Shibli  janoud and member of Al-ba`ath Vanguards organization Waddah Al-sawas .

Nahla Al maaz




Foreign Ministry completely denies the Syrian Arab Army's use of Scud missiles

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Foreign and Expatriates Ministry completely denies rumors about the Syrian Arab Army's use of Scud missiles in confronting armed terrorist groups.

On Thursday,SANA reported : " In response to what has been circulated by some instigative sides, particularly Turkey and its partners in conspiring against Syria, about the Syrian Arab Army's use of Scud missile to confront armed terrorist groups, the ministry denies these rumors that aim to sully Syria's image and its position at international level".

The source clarified that Scud missiles are strategic and long-range ones and are not used in facing armed terrorist gangs.

"The Ministry wants to assure that these missiles have not been used in confronting the armed terrorist groups who are using advanced weapons received from conspiring countries in their attacks against innocent citizens, military forces and the public and private infrastructure," said the source.

Syria voices concern over US delay of nuclear-free Middle East conference

Syria voiced on Thursday concern over the US stance as regards delaying an international conference on banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East scheduled to be held this month in Finland.

A source at Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said: "The Syrian Arab Republic expresses worry about the US stance related to postpone a conference, which was due to take place in December 2012 in Finland,on nuclear-free Middle East and creating a zone free of mass destruction weapons."

SANA quoted the source as saying that the Syrian government sees the US delay of the conference as a breach of the conference's sponsors' obligations mentioned in the final document of the 2010 NPT Review Conference.

"The US is not entitled to unilaterally decide postponing the conference," said the source, noting that this stance reveals the falsity of the US side's claims and its adherence to obligations.

The ministry considers this step as a test of the international community's credibility and its bona fides as regards disarming the Middle East of nuclear and mass destruction weapons.

It described that the US decision as a flagrant and unjustified defense of Israel and threats security and peace in the region as it provides a cover for Israel's possession of WMDs.

On the other hand, the source said: "The Syrian government rejects all pretexts for not convening the conference on time and the US disregard for the NPT parties' will", asserting that this would have negative consequences on the treaty, and would seriously endanger the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament system.

It clarified that the Syrian Arab Republic has accepted to take part in the conference and backed efforts for its organization as all regional countries did, except Israel, which worked with its allies to not hold the conference under false pretexts that have nothing to do with the topic of the conference.

The source added:" The Syrian government appeals to the international community to unveil Israel's policies that hinder all international efforts being exerted to disarm the Middle East of WMDs."

It called on the international community to put pressures on Israel to join the NPT to subjecting all its nuclear activities to the IAEA Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement."



Citizens' needs top PM talks with Idleb MPs

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Once again, Syria underscores that it would realize victory over its enemy thanks to unity and determination of its people and army.

Prime Minister, Dr.Wael al-Halqi, said on Thursday that Syria would soon come out of the crisis victorious notwithstanding all challenges that are facing it, according to SANA.

In a meeting with MPS representing Idleb province, the premier talked about the pivotal role of the MPS in enhancing national unity, reconciliation and dialogue, and explaining the conspiracy hatched against the homeland.

This conspiracy, as elaborated, aims at shredding Syria's unity and destroying its national economy. He noted the importance of integration between executive and legislative authorities to draw up strategic policies and issue laws related to notch up comprehensive and sustainable development.

The premier also briefed the MPs on the great efforts being exerted by the government to meet citizens' needs as regards food, oil derivatives and electricity.

As for bread case, stressed that the government has adopted urgent procedures through installing four additional production lines in Damascus and its countryside plus importing flour.

Regarding power outage, the PM clarified that armed terrorist groups' repeated attacks on electricity stations are behind this outage, adding that every possible effort is being exerted by circles concerned to repair damages in this sector.

On the other hand, the MPs discussed with the PM development and services situation in Idleb including sectors of education, health and agriculture.

The PM cited necessity of cooperation between local community and civil society as well as governmental circles in protecting private and public properties.

The MPs, thanked armed forces for pursuing terrorist groups to restore stability and security to Syria, stressing that principle of dialogue and tolerance is the only way to halt the crisis.

Basma Qaddour

Scores of Civilians Martyred , wounded by Terrorists Explosion in Qatana

 GOVERNORATES , (ST)- Bodies of 16 martyrs including  7 children and several women  arrived in martyr Khaled Saqqa Ameini hospital as a result of a new crime committed by armed terrorists in Qatana area  in Damascus countryside, according  to a source at the hospital.

The  source added that  other 23 civilians  including women and children were admitted  to the hospital, many of them in critical health conditions.

The terrorist explosion  by a booby trapped  car which was detonated in Raas al-Nabaa residential area  near Michael Simon school resulted  also in heavy material losses in cars,

, shops , residential buildings and the  infrastructure at the site of the explosion.

In Aleppo countryside, scores of terrorists were killed or wounded when the armed forces attacked their concentrations in al Meselmieh area,  whereas  many others  were killed and others fled away when one army forces  units clashed with them on Aleppo-Al Meselnieh road.

Several workers  of Jandar company  for electric power generation  were wounded  when one terrorist  group targeted their coach while heading to their work  on Thursday morning  on Jandar road in Homs countryside.

Syria Times

Syria Friends Meeting, Farce

LONDON,(ST)_ Meeting of the so-called "Friends of  Syria" group in Marrakech is just a farce with silly confessions, Said Haytham Manna, head of the Syrian Opposition Coordination Committee.

"We hope that the international community be more serious and deal with all the spectrums of the Syrian opposition not to be limited to pro-West factions," Manna said in a statement to the United Press International.
Manna, who feels optimistic about the ongoing discussions aiming to launch the second Geneva Initiative, said that if the U.S Administration was able to isolate the Syrian and foreign extremists, and the Russian leadership succeeded in distancing the opposed parties, which reject political settlement in Syria, political solution would become easier.

In a statement to As-Safir newspaper, Manna described the external opposition meetings in Doha as a conspiracy by them to share gains without caring about Syria's interests.

Manna stressed that keenness by Gulf and Western countries to make the fragmented opposition represent the Syrian state, opposition and people is nothing but a serious attempt to undermine the possibilities of attaining a civil democratic transition in Syria, as "hopes of unifying the opposition parties have got a strong blow."



Qadri Jamil: Members of So-called "Friends of Syria" Group are Syria's Enemies

 MOSCOW, (ST) - "Those who call themselves "Friends of Syria" are not Syria's friends, but rather, they are her enemies as they keep calling for foreign intervention in the country's affairs, Qadri Jamil, member of the leadership of the internal Syrian opposition "Popular Front for Change", stressed in a statement to the Russian Itar Tass news agency upon his arrival in Moscow for talks with Russian Foreign Ministry officials.

"How can those, who don't let the Syrians to solve their problems by themselves and who don't want the crisis to be settled peacefully, be friends of Syria," Jamil wondered.

He described the "opposition coalition" formed in Doha as weak, stressing it can't stay for long.

Regarding chemical weapons claims, Jamil said the goal is to create a base for intervention in Syria. He likened this propaganda to that launched about the "myth" of mass destruction weapons existing in Iraq.

Concerning the deployment of Patriot missiles in Turkey, Jamil said the Americans have for long been keen to deploy such systems in the region."

A delegation from the opposition Peaceful Change Forces Coalition, led by Qadri Jamil and member of the Coalition leadership, will meet with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergi Lavrov, and his deputy Michael Bogdanov for talks on national dialogue developments in the light of the National dialogue Forum recently held in Tehran.

H. Moustafa 

Army Continues National Task to Clear Syrian Cities from Terrorists, Mercenaries

PROVINCES, (ST)- Within the framework of their national task to rid Syria from terrorists and mercenaries and to restore security and stability to the country,  the Syrian army forces continued to pursuit armed terrorist groups in several areas countrywide.

Aleppo and its countryside witnessed qualitative operations carried out by the Syrian Arab Army who inflicted heavy losses among terrorist groups. The army units destroyed terrorists' hideouts and gatherings in Aleppo's countryside areas of Daret Ezza, al-Maslameya, Handarat, Hreitan, al-Zirbeh, Qibtan al-Jabal, Mare', Kafr Da’el and al-Safeera, killing and wounding many terrorists. The army also destroyed eight cars usually used by terrorists in their criminal operations in Tal Rahhal area.

The city of Aleppo also witnessed clashes between army units and terrorist groups whose hideouts were destroyed in Bani Zeid, Masaken Hanano and Old Aleppo areas.  Alaa al-Za’eem, leader of a terrorist group, was killed along with his group's members in Castello area. The army also destroyed a rocket launcher in Bistan al-Basha and targeted a terrorist gathering in Layramoun.

On the other hand, terrorist groups shelled al-Neel Street in Aleppo claiming the lives of at least nine citizens including children. Injuries and material damages were also reported.

An official source told SANA reported in Aleppo that competent authorities immediately clashed with the terrorists and inflicted heavy losses among them.

In Damascus Country side, the army forces continued to chase terrorists and mercenaries, killing a number of them in Dareyya.

While pursuing terrorist groups, the army forces found a factory for manufacturing explosive devices near al-Furn Roundabout in Dareyya, an official source told SANA.

The source said, the army forces foiled a terrorist attempt to detonate two explosive devices in the Cornice area in Dareyya. One of them weighs 30 kg while the other is 50kg.

According to another source, the army forces attacked several terrorist hideouts in Douma and Haratsa, killing a number of terrorists including groups' leaders and five snipers. Their ammunition and weapons were confiscated.

The army forces clashed with terrorists in Shab’a area, killing and wounding many of them. They also destroyed a van carrying weapons, ammunition and terrorists nears Aqraba.

In Homs countryside, the mercenaries' hideouts in al-Rastan, Talbiseh and Taldaou were the target of the army operations. Many terrorists were killed and twelve cars, some of them were equipped with machineguns and some others were usually used by terrorists to convey weapons and ammunition were destroyed.

Meanwhile, a Homs governorate source told SANA that clashes between army forces and a terrorist group in Jouret al-Shayyah district resulted in the killing and wounding of many terrorists including a sniper and a machinegun shooter.

On the other hand, a military source denied news claiming that a massacre was committed in Aqrab area in Homs.

In Idleb, the army units carried out several qualitative operations in the areas of Sarmeen, Jisr al-Shoghour, al-Hamedeya and Ma’aret al-Nou’man, destroying armed groups' hideouts, inflicting heavy losses among terrorists and confiscating the weapons and ammunition they got.

Clashes also took place between army units and a terrorist group trying to attack a military checkpoint in Ariha. Four terrorists were killed and many others were wounded.