Information Ministry: A Fake Channel is Using Syrian Satellite Channel Logo and May Replace Genuine Channel
DAMASCUS, (SANA) – The Information Ministry announced that there is a satellite channel using the logo of the Syrian Satellite Channel and broadcasting nationalistic songs in preparation for springing a media ambush which has been uncovered before. This channel may appear on the same frequency as the genuine channel if it is cut off at any time.
The Ministry affirmed that the continuation of the genuine Syrian channels is linked to the presence of its well-known programs and presenters, and that the aforementioned channel and any similar channel is not related to the Syrian national media and constitutes blatant media piracy.
Syrian Armed Forces Clean al-Midan in Damascus, Seize Weapons, Restore Security to the Region
The Syrian armed forces cleaned al-Midan region in Damascus from vanquished mercenary terrorists.
SANA reporter quoted a security source today as saying that the armed forces cleaned al-Midan and restored security and tranquility to region,
The source added that the authorities seized large amounts of weapons including Dushka machineguns, explosive belts and devices, military uniforms, RPG launchers, ammunition and communication devices.
The Syrian Armed Forces continue to pursue the remnants of mercenary terrorists who fled from al-Midan and al-Tishreen areas in the fields of Kafar Souseh. Scores of terrorists throw down their weapons and surrender.
Flash-bang Explosion in Tunnel at Umayyad Square Causing Material Damage Only
A flash grenade exploded inside a tunnel at the Umayyad Square in Damascus causing minor material damage. No injuries were reported in the explosion and the traffic moment was back to normal.
Authorities Repel Terrorists Attacking Police School in Aleppo
In Aleppo province, the authorities repelled an attack by a group of terrorists on the Police School in Khan al-Asal area.
SANA reporter quoted a source in the governorate as saying that the terrorists tried to attack the school using machineguns and RPG launchers, adding that the competent authorities inflicted heavy losses on them.
Two Explosive Devices Dismantled in Idleb, Hama
The engineering units dismantled two explosive devices planted by an armed terrorist group on Ariha-Sarakeb road in Idleb countryside.
SANA correspondent quoted a source in the governorate as saying that the device that weighed 50 kg was rigged for remote detonation to target civilians and law-enforcement members.
The engineering units also dismantled another explosive device planted by terrorists on Aleppo road. SANA correspondent quoted a source in the governorate as saying that the device that weighed around 40 kg was planted on Aleppo road and was rigged to target citizens.
Competent Authorities Inflict Heavy Losses on Armed Terrorist Groups in Idleb Countryside
The competent authorities chased armed terrorist groups in Idleb countryside, inflicting heavy losses on them and destroying their cars.
SANA correspondent quoted a source in the governorate as saying that the competent authorities chased an armed terrorist group in Abu al-Zohour town in Sarakeb and inflicted heavy losses on them, indicating that the terrorists Ahmad Haj Ahmad, Bassel Jneid, Ahmad al-Ibrahim, Ghassan Qassoum and Subhi al-Fadel were among the dead. The terrorists’ cars were destroyed.
The source added that the competent authorities chased an armed terrorist group in al-Maghara village in Jabal al-Zawiah, Idleb countryside, and inflicted casualties on the terrorists.
Syrian Army Units Kill Terrorists in Deir Ezzor, Destroy Their Cars
Syrian army units on Thursday night clashed with terrorists in al-Bukamal City in Deir Ezzor killing and wounding dozens of them while others surrendered.
A source in the province told SANA reporter that terrorists Ibrahim al-Debs, the leader of an armed group, Ayman al-Obadi and Thaer al-Qadam were identified among the dead.
The source added that the clash resulted in destroying a mortar, a pick-up truck equipped with machinegun and two cars.
News on President al-Assad Agreeing to Leave Power and on Mrs. al-Assad Arriving in Moscow Denied
Russia’s Ambassador to France, Alexander Orlov categorically denied what was ascribed to him on President Bashar al-Assad agreeing to leave power in an interview with Radio France Internationale.
The Russian Ambassador’s denial came in an interview with the French BFM TV.
Ministry of Information dismissed as “completely untrue” what some TV channels ascribed to Russia’ Ambassador in Paris Alexander Orlov on President Bashar al-Assad agreeing to what they said leaving power in an “orderly way”.
The Ministry said in a statement on Friday that the interview Orlov gave to Radio France Internationale had been recorded and posted on the net , but it was distorted, stressing that the Russian Ambassador did not say what it was attributed to him.
Russian Foreign Ministry: Statements of Russian Ambassador in Paris on President al-Assad were Distorted
The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that the statements of the Russian ambassador in Paris on President Bashar al-Assad were distorted and misinterpreted by some media outlets.
In a statement on Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry reiterated that only the Syrians can determine the fate of their country and leadership.
For his part, Sergei Barinov, spokesman for the Russian embassy in France, said that the words of the Russian ambassador in Paris, Alexander Orlov, were distorted to sound as if President al-Assad agreed to step down.
”This sentence was taken out of context,” Barinov said, denying that what was ascribed to the Russian ambassador reflects the Russian official stance.
Barinov said that the ambassador’s words meant that President al-Assad may stay or step down, but this is a decision to be taken by the Syrian President and people.
Lukashevich: News on Mrs. Al-Assad Arriving in Russia Mere Rumors
The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed news on Mrs. Asmaa al-Assad arriving in Moscow as mere rumors and unfair media attempts to mislead the public opinion.
“I don’t want to comment on any rumors,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, said on Friday.
He added that the issue of Russia offering President al-Assad asylum is not worth commenting on, recalling that this issue was previously commented on by Russia’ Foreign Minister.
“This is not worthy of any kind of reaction , especially that you saw yesterday President Bashar al-Assad on TV with the new defense minister,” said Lukashevich.
President Putin: Any Attempt to Circumvent Security Council Regarding Syria Will Undermine Its Reputation
Official Spokesman for the Russian Presidency Dmitry Peskov said that President Vladimir Putin believes that any attempt to circumvent the Security Council regarding Syria will be ineffective and will undermine the reputation of this international organization.
ITAR-TASS quoted Peskov on Friday as saying that President Putin discussed with the Russian National Security Council the Syrian issue due to the Russian veto on a draft resolution on Syria at the Security Council on Thursday.
He said that the members of the Russian National Security Council affirmed that attempts to link the escalating tension in Syria to the Russia stance are utterly inappropriate and unacceptable.
Gatilov: The US Has Adopted A Hypocrite Attitude Towards Syrian Issue
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Gennady Gatilov, said that the US has adopted “a hypocritical attitude” towards the Syrian file in its refrain from exerting pressure on the opposition to start dialogue with the government in Syria.
In a statement posted on his page on the net, Gatilov added that the Americans have done nothing towards urging the opposition to hold dialogue with the Syrian government, in comment on random accusations made by the U.S. Permanent Representative to the Security Council Susan Rice out of anger over the Russia-China veto against the Western draft resolution on Syria.
Earlier, Gatilove announced in a statement to the Russian Interfax news agency his country’s support to a draft resolution proposed by Pakistan at UN Security Council on extending the observer mission in Syria for 45 days.
Gatilov said that Russia will support the draft resolution which is to be put to the vote on Friday as it has participated in preparing it along with the Pakistani partners.
The draft provides for extending the mandate of the UN observer mission 45 additional days after it expires on Saturday.
Churkin Calls for Not being Misled by Humanitarian Discourse of Some Countries on Situation in Syria
Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, criticized the policy of some countries on Syria which would further inflame the crisis and shed more of the Syrian blood.
In a statement to Russia Today TV Channel on Friday, Churkin said ”Do not be misled by the humanitarian discourse of some countries.. The policies on Syria are more geopolitical than humanitarian…Unfortunately, the consequences of these policies will make the conflict and bloodshed continuous.”
He clarified that the aid seems humanitarian but in fact is a prelude to a military intervention that will cause more bloodshed, adding ”The US and the UK intervened in Iraq under the most sublime of pretexts, causing more than 115 thousand civilian victims, let alone the displaced people inside and outside Iraq.”
Churkin said that the Syrian opposition’s rejection of national dialogue that the Syrian leadership agreed to is an obstacle to the efforts of the UN envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, to solve the crisis, indicating that ”the UN observer mission that we seek to extend is part of the international humanitarian interference to find a peaceful settlement to the crisis in Syria.”
He criticized the fierce media campaign against Russia for vetoing Western-backed draft resolutions at the UN Security Council that aimed to interfere in the Syrian affairs and impose sanctions on Syria.
Russian Foreign Ministry: Russia’ Stance on Crisis in Syria Has Not Changed for a Moment
The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday called on the Western countries to do something to persuade the armed opposition in Syria to step onto the path of a political solution instead of making crude insinuations about the firm Russian stance.
In a press conference published on Russia Today website, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, warned of the consequences of the US plans to surpass the Security Council and interfere in Syria’s internal affairs.
He stressed that Russia has no backed for a moment throughout the course of the crisis in Syriafrom searching for a political settlement.
The Russian spokesman strongly criticized the statements of some European officials who considered that the recent terrorist attack in Damascus stresses the necessity of further pressuring the Syrian leadership because it has made the situation reach that far.
He rejected the Western accusations against Russia, saying that the attempts of some Western countries to make Moscow seem responsible for the situation in Syria as “absolutely unacceptable”.
Lukashevich warned that the US’s announcement of its intention to work outside the Security Council and interfere in Syria’s internal affairs constitutes “a very very alarming signal”.
“If such declarations and such plans are elements of actual policy, I think that is a very, very alarming signal to all of us about how the international community plans to respond to international conflict situations,” said Lukashevich.
He added that the task of all external players, particularly the Security Council members, is to use all their capabilities and work within the resolutions previously agreed on, specially resolutions 2042 and 2043, and what was agreed on at the Geneva meeting.
Lukashevich Rejects US Threats against Russia over Veto on Syria
In another context, Lukashevich stressed Russia’s rejection of US threats of taking revenge over the Russian veto against the Western draft resolution on the crisis in Syria.
He criticized measures taken by the U.S. Congress to prevent the Pentagon from cooperation with the Russian Aporns Exports company in a bid to take revenge on Russia because of its veto at the Security Council, dismissing the threats of imposing sanctions on Russia as unacceptable.
He stressed that taking revenge on it because of the veto or its principled stance on peaceful settlement to the crisis in Syria and placing the responsibility for escalation on it will not avail.
Pushkov: Western Position Towards Syria is Political Cover to Escalate Tension in It
Chairman of the Russian Duma’s International Affairs Committee Aleksey Pushkov said that the western position towards Syria serves as a political cover for the escalation of tension in it, affirming that the Russian-Chinese veto on the western draft resolution at the Security Council on Thursday was logical.
In a statement to ITAR-TASS, Pushkov noted that Russia voiced its rejection of unilateral approaches and its calls for a political solution, adding that the western reaction to the Russian-Chinese veto strongly shows the double standards employed by the west regarding the Syrian crisis.
He went on to say that the “friends of Syria” group with the US on its helm uses double standards and supports armed group, and that during the meeting in Geneva and the discussions of Annan’s plan, the countries in this group were acting as if they understood the need for political solution in dialogue, when in fact they sent messages to the so-called opposition groups saying that they don’t actually take these agreements seriously, effectively creating a diplomatic cover for these groups.
Pushkov said that the proposed western draft resolution used the policy of applying unilateral pressure on the Syrian government, despite the fact that Annan’s plan and the Geneva meeting clearly underlined the presence of two sides: the authority and the opposition, and stressed the need for dialogue between them.
He wondered if the west demands that President Bashar al-Assad abdicate prior to talks, then with whom would these talks be held?
Pushkov affirmed that the “friends of Syria” group actually wants a military resolution to the issue, and that they’re recklessly seeking to remove President al-Assad, but they don’t imagine who might replace him, adding that the group members’ inability to see two steps in front of them and their obsession with toppling the government no matter the price are strange.
He concluded by saying that such stances not only lead to a continuing civil war, but will also cause terrorist threats to grow in the entire region.
Russia, China Veto Western Draft Resolution on Syria
Russia and China vetoed on Thursday an unjust Western-backed draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council that could have led to imposing sanctions on Syria under the 7th Chapter of the UN charter.
Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, said that there is a suspicious coincidence between the UNSC meetings and terrorist acts carried out against the Syrian people, public institutions and private properties.
Al-Jaafari said that the UN Security Council did not condemn the coward terrorist act that hit Damascus yesterday which means that what the international community built about counter-terrorism was only ink on paper.
Al-Jaafari said ”The success of the UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan and the UN observer mission necessitates, besides the support of the Syrian government to it, providing a true international commitment and real political will by all sides, particularly those who have direct influence on the armed groups.”
”Some Western parties, who have direct interest in inflaming the crisis in Syria, have worked hard to promote a false image of what is taking place in Syria and to distort the Syrian leadership’s way of dealing with the crisis for suspicious goals,” added al-Jaafari.
He said ”We say to the Western countries if you want to impose the law of jungle on others, you have to accept it in your countries, particularly regarding weapons and terrorism.”
Al-Jaafari stressed that the great majority of the Syrians reject foreign interference, violence, carrying arms, bombing and terrorist operations to be the way to achieve the desired reform in Syria.
”Some countries have rudely intervened in the Syrian affair and sounded the drums of war through supplying the armed groups in Syria with weapons and money, provoking violence and refusing dialogue and imposing sanctions on the Syrian people which negatively affect their livelihood in a flagrant violation, ignoring all international laws,” al-Jaafari said.
Al-Jaafari added ”We, the Syrians, should be aware that many countries which claim to care about Syria and its people are not interested in any peaceful solution that preserves Syria’s sovereignty and stability, rather they target the Syrian people, state and role.”
”Only the Syrians are able to defend their country against foreign ambitions that aimed to undermine their presence and dignity. We should look for political solution to the crisis with the participation of all Syrians to build a modern state where all are equals,” added al-Jaafari.
Russia’s Ambassador to the UN Security Council, Vitaly Churkin, said that his country won’t allow pressure to pass illegitimate resolutions against a sovereign country, adding that Russia will not accept resolutions under the 7th Chapter of the UN charter.
Churkin: Attempts to Use UNSC to Impose Political Schemes on Sovereign Countries have No Future
Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, said that his country won’t allow passing a resolution against Syria under the 7th chapter of the UN charter, adding that attempts to use the UN Security Council to impose political schemes on sovereign countries have no future.
In a speech before the Security Council on Thursday, Churkin said that ”The Western countries that put forward their draft resolution today knew beforehand that it had no chance to be adopted at the Security Council, and that the Western members rule out the possibility of authorizing military interference, though denying such intentions.”
”The Western members have put their personal geopolitical interests ahead of the interests of the Syrian people, which led to aggravating the crisis in Syria, making inappropriate statements instead of exerting efforts to start dialogue in Syria and preventing the militarization of the crisis away from instigating the rebel groups,” added Churkin.
Churkin said that the Western double-standard policies in dealing with the Syrian crisis became so evident following the terrorist attack that took place on Damascus yesterday, as the permanent Security Council members rejected the Russian draft resolution that called for unifying international efforts to implement Annan’s plan.
Churkin stressed that what is right at the moment is to adopt a UN Security Council depoliticized resolution to extend the mission of the UN observers in Syria.
Baodong: UN Draft Resolution Does Not Contribute to Solving Crisis in Syria, rather It Increases Violence and jeopardizes Interests of Syrian People
China’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Li Baodong, stressed that the priority for the UNSC and the international community is to fully support Annan’s plan, the concluding statement of the action group meeting in Geneva and the achievement of immediate halt of violence in Syria , considering that the draft resolution submitted by the US, France and Britain opposes these goals and aims at putting pressure on one party.
He added that the experience proved that such a resolution does not contribute to solving the crisis in Syria, as it will rather increase violence and spread the problem to the whole region, which will destabilize the whole region and jeopardize the interests of the Syrian people and other peoples in the region.
He expressed China’s support to extending the mandate of the UN observer mission in Syria as it supports the Security Council in sending a clear signal about its support for peacefully resolving the Syrian crisis.
Baodong stressed that the Syrians alone are to determine the future of their country without imposing it from the outside.
He reiterated China’s belief that the solution to the crisis in Syria should by through peaceful means, adding that “this is our stance in dealing with all international issues and it will not change.”
He called upon western countries to reconsider their policies, return to the right path and support the UN observer mission to reach a political solution to the crisis in Syria and protect the interests of the Syrian people and other countries in the region.
In contradiction with the stance of his country which supported the unjust US-Western draft resolution on Syria, the statement of the Indian Representative to the UN called for halting violence in Syria from all sides and carrying out Annan’s six-point plan.
He pointed out that the consequences of what is taking place in Syria will affect the whole region, adding that India believed that it is necessary for the UN observer mission to stay in Syria to help all Syrian sides in their efforts for finding a solution to the crisis.
It was the third time in 9 months that Russia and China, both permanent members of the Security Council, vetoed Western-backed draft resolutions that aimed at interference in the Syrian internal affairs and imposing sanctions on Syria.
Martyrs Rajiha, Turkmani and Shawkat Escorted to Final Resting Place
A solemn official procession was held on Friday at the Martyr’s Memorial at Qassioun Mountain to lay to rest the martyrs Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army and the Armed Forces, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense Gen. Dawood Rajiha, Deputy Minister of Defense Gen. Asef Shawkat and Assisstant Vice-President Gen. Hassan Turkmani.
The funeral ceremony started with the National Anthem with the martyrs’ bodies covered with the flag of the Syrian Arab Army and carried on cannon carriers.
The procession took its course surrounded by a group of officers , while the Army Band played the music of “The Martyr” and “The Farewell”.
Afterwards, Deputy Vice-President Farouq al-Sharaa and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army and the Armed Forces, Minister of Defense Gen. Fahd Jassem al-Freij laid wreaths of flowers on the martyrs’ bodies before they were laid to rest.
The funeral ceremony was attended by Assistant Regional Secretary of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party (BASP) Mohammad Saeed Bkheitan, Speaker of the People’s Assembly Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, Prime Minister Riyad Hijab and a number of the BASP Regional Leadership members, ministers and senior officers.
Member of BASP Regional Leadership, Head of National Security Office, Lt. Gen. Hisham Ikhtyar Martyred
The Regional Leadership of al-Baath Arab Socialist party (BASP) on Friday announced the martyrdom of its member and Head of the National Security Office Lt. Gen. Hisham Ikhtyar.
Lt. Gen. Ikhtyar died of wounds he sustained from a terrorist explosion which targeted the National Security headquarters in Damascus on Wednesday during a meeting of ministers and a number of senior security officials.
Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army and the Armed Forces, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense Gen. Dawood Rajiha, Deputy Minister of Defense Gen. Asef Shawkat and Assisstant Vice-President Gen. Hassan Turkmani were martyred in the terrorist attack.