Daily Newscast of Syrian TV, 07/02/2013
The Army Inflicts Heavy Losses upon Terrorists in Several Provinces
PROVINCES, (SANA)- Units of the Armed Forces on Thursday pursued armed terrorist groups in Erbin, Zamalka and Adra al-Balad, Tal Kurdi, Douma Farms and Harasta, inflicting heavy losses upon their members.
SANA reporter quoted an official source as saying that the army destroyed terrorists’ hideouts in Erbin and Zamalka and killed scores of terrorists, including Ismael Ghazi, Mohammad al-Khaimi, Ahmad Abdul-Qader, Noor Eddin Juha, Mohammad and Osama al-Taqi.
The source added that an army unit destroyed a 23mm antiaircraft gun and a vehicle with all terrorists inside it on the road to Adraa al-Balad.
Other army units pursued terrorist groups in Daraya city, Hejjeira, al-Dhiyabiyeh, al-Sbeineh and al-Hajar al-Aswad, killing and injuring many of their members.
An official source said in a statement to SANA that units of the Armed Forces killed and injured a number of terrorists in Daraya before they fled away disguised in women clothes.
Terrorists Mohammed al-Wawi, Walid Shetto, Majed Dawood, Omar Mansour and Jamal Rajab were identified among the dead.
In Hejjeira and al-Dhiyabiyeh, the army destroyed terrorists’ hideouts and killed scores of terrorists, including Mohammad al-Qadi, Ayman Zein Eddin and Mahmoud al-Refaei.
In a relevant context, the Armed Forces continued pursuing terrorists in al-Sbeineh and al-Hajar al-Aswad, destroying a vehicle equipped with a 23 mm anti-aircraft gun and killing all terrorists inside.
Six People, including 3 Children, Martyred in Terrorist Mortar Shells in Damascus
Six people, including children, were martyred Thursday when terrorists fired two mortar shells on the bus station in al-Qaboun area in Damascus.
An official source at the Interior Ministry told SANA that six people, including three children and a woman, were martyred, while others were injured, some of them in a critical condition.
The source added that the injured were transferred to hospitals to be treated.
Terrorists Killed in Homs
Units of the Armed Forces continued pursuing the terrorist groups in the countryside of Homs, inflicting heavy losses upon their members.
A military source told SANA that a number of terrorists were killed in a series of operations in the areas of Jouber, al-Sultaniyeh, Kafraya, al-Amiriyeh and al-Husseiniyeh in al-Qseir.
The source noted that the terrorists’ equipment and tools were destroyed.
A unit of the Armed Forces targeted a terrorists’ hideout and killed all terrorists inside in al-Janoudiyeh town in the countryside of Jisr al-Shughour in Idleb province.
An official source told SANA reporter that the army killed and injured many terrorists and destroyed their weapons.
Terrorists’ Centers and Workshops for Making Explosives and Missiles Destroyed in Hama
The army units in Hama eliminated gatherings of armed terrorist groups, affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham, in Karnaz town in the northern countryside of the province.
A source in the province said in a statement to SANA that the army destroyed terrorists’ centers and stormed into workshops for making explosive devices and missiles, in addition to mortar rounds and launchers.
The source added that the engineering units dismantled tens of explosive devices, weighing between 30 to 70 kg, which were planted by terrorists on the roads to the town.
A unit of the Armed Forces destroyed a den for terrorists in al-Hawash village in al-Ghab area in Hama.
An official source told SANA that the majority of terrorists were killed and injured.
Terrorists’ Hideouts and Weapons Destroyed in Idleb
Meanwhile, units of the Armed Forces carried out several operations in Tak Kurdi, Douma Farms and Harasta, destroying a terrorists’ hideout and large amounts of weapons.
Scores of terrorists were killed and injured in the operations, including Ahmad al-Najjar, Omar al-Turk, Yasser Shalleh, Yehya Sroid, Ali Khaiti, Ghassan Jarkas, Mohammad Hammoud, Rateb al-Sheikh Ibrahim and Ahmad Dmeiri.
The Armed Forces Eliminate Terrorists in Idleb Countryside
Units of the Armed Forces repelled an armed terrorist group which were attempting to attack the army’s checkpoints in Maarat al-Nouman in Idleb countryside.
A source in the province told SANA reporter that the Army units destroyed terrorist gathering along with the terrorists who were attempting to attack the Army checkpoints in al-Dayf valley, Heish and al-Hamidia, affirming that during the operation the Army units killed scores of terrorists and destroyed their cars.
The source added that other Army units targeted the terrorist gatherings in Khafer Rouma, Mouarit al-Nouman and al-Shougr in Idleb countryside, killing several terrorists and injuring others.
Competent Authorities Storm Terrorists’ Den in Lattakia Countryside
The competent authorities in Lattakia stormed a den for an armed terrorist group in Kersana village in Lattakia countryside, seizing a storehouse containing ammos, stolen medical equipment and communication devices.
A source in the province told SANA that the den contained materials for manufacturing explosives, machines for printing fake currencies, military uniform, stolen medical equipment, car registration plates, electronic devices, maps of governorates and amounts of ammunition.
The Armed Forces Destroy two Missile Launch- Pad in Lattakia Countryside
Unit of the Armed Forces destroyed 4 cars equipped with DShK machinegun along with the terrorists inside the cars.
Meanwhile, another Army unit destroyed two missile launch pad in Bait Halibia village in Lattakia countryside.
Competent Authorities Confiscate Weapons in al-Kamishli Countryside
The competent authorities confiscated weapons and communication sets in a car on Hitin crossroad on al-Hasakah-al-Kamishli road.
A source in the province told SANA reporter that the weapons included 23 rifles and communication sets, adding that the competent authorities arrested the person inside the car.
The Army Units Continue Operations against Terrorists in Aleppo
The Army units continued qualitative operations in Aleppo and its countryside, targeting the terrorist gatherings and killing scores of them.
An official source told SANA reporter that the Army unit’s operations targeted a terrorist gathering in Mayer area in Aleppo countryside, killing scores of terrorists and destroying 5 cars loaded with missiles coming from Turkey.
The source added that the Army unit targeted the terrorist’s gatherings in Ming, Tal Aryn, al-Wadihi, Khan Touman, al-Masoura and al-Sfera towns in Aleppo countryside and killed scores of terrorists. Among the killed terrorists were Ahmad Hamidi al-Houssen and Ahmad Salih al-Ma’rouf.
The source pointed out that the Armed Forces carried out several operations in the city of Aleppo and destroyed the terrorists gatherings in al-Sheik said area.
Mira’i Hassan al-Bakhour, Mahmoud Abdullah Ma’loul who are affiliated to the so-called “Lioa’a Tahrir al-Shamal” and Mahmoud Khamil al-Faiad who is affiliated to the so-called “Katibat Jound al-Sham” were identified among the killed terrorists.
The source clarified that another Army unit destroyed the terrorist’s dens in Kadi Askar, al-Hiloania and al-Asrafia.
Meantime, “Jobhat al-Nusra” terrorists clashed with the so-called “Liua’a al-Tauhid” terrorists after disagreeing on who would get the stolen materials.
Al-Halqi Stresses Serious Efforts to Launch National Dialogue
DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi, stressed the government’s keenness on taking the necessary preparatory procedures to launch the national dialogue.
The Premier was speaking during the meeting of the ministerial committee tasked with following up the implementation of the political program to solve the crisis in Syria with head of the Third Way Movement, Mazen Mughrabiya, and the political bureau members.
Premier al-Halqi noted that the government is communicating with all political forces in Syria and the opposition forces abroad which believe in national solution and supporting the people’s choices on the national bases and principles.
He reviewed the government’s juridical and security guarantees to those who want to return and participate in the national dialogue and other procedures to provide the necessities of life to the returning citizens.
He pointed out to the efforts exerted to settle the cases of detainees, kidnapped citizens and gunmen.
Al-Halqi called for encouraging all forces to participate in the political process to come out of the current crisis and contribute to building the future of democratic Syria.
In turn, Mughrabiya voiced agreement on the principle of unconditioned dialogue, peaceful and political solution, and rejection of violence and foreign intervention in political affairs.
In statements to journalists following the meeting, Mughrabiah said ”I believe the government is serious about making dialogue a success,” calling for speeding up the launching of dialogue and allowing opposition figures to return and get engaged in political work from inside Syria.
R. Raslan/ M. Ismael
Mikdad Reviews Situation in Syria at Xinhua HQ
BEIJING, (SANA) – Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, who is on a visit to China, presented on Thursday a review on the situation in Syria and the foreign-backed terrorist attacks that target its stability and security.
During his meeting with a number of Middle East researchers at Xinhua News Agency HQ in the Chinese capital, Beijing, Mikdad clarified the steps taken by the government to implement the political program for solving the crisis in Syria.
He also touched upon the goals of his current visit to Beijing and the aspirations he hopes to achieve.
The meeting was attended by Syria’s Ambassador in Beijing, Imad Moustafa, and a number of Chinese diplomats and researchers.
On Wednesday, Mikdad met with Chinese Foreign Minister, Yang Jiechi, who expressed his country’s adherence to an objective, just and responsible stance that has a positive role in solving the crisis in Syria.
R. Milhem / H. Said
Chinese FM Stresses Commitment to Objective, Fair Stand on Syria
BEIJING, (SANA)_Chinese Foreign Minister, Yang Jiechi, stressed China’s commitment to an objective, fair and responsible stand for solving the crisis in Syria.
Meeting Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Dr. Fayssal Mikdad in Beijing on Wednesday, Jiechi expressed hope that Syria would come out of the crisis and restore stability as soon as possible.
Jiechi said that China realizes the challenges facing Syria, adding that it will push ahead with its efforts to reach a political solution to the crisis there.
He also indicated that China is interested in the views of the Syrian side and communications via diplomatic channels.
For his part, Dr. Mikdad expressed Syria’s appreciation for China’s efforts on the regional and international levels for solving the crisis, lauding China’s firm stances at international forums which seek to resolve challenges through full respect to the UN Charter and the international law, especially non-interference in the internal affairs of states and combating terrorism.
He also reviewed the political program for solving the crisis and the steps undertaken by the Syrian government to implement it.
Moscow Welcomes the Syrian Opposition’s Readiness for Dialogue
MOSCOW, (SANA)_The Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, said his country welcomes the Syrian opposition’s readiness for starting dialogue with the government.
In a press conference in Moscow on Thursday, Lukashevich said that ”Russia calls for dialogue as the only way for solving the crisis,” adding that ”this available possibility must seized to the maximum.”
He added that Russia will continue its intensive communications with the Syrian authorities and the opposition forces which will contribute to finding points of convergence to help the country get out of a chronic bloody conflict.
Lukashevich stressed that his country will continue on the principled path to political settlement to the crisis through an internal Syrian dialogue that is based on the UNSC resolutions and Geneva statement, indicating that Russia sees no other rational alternative.
He considered the radical change in the stance of the western countries towards the crisis in Syria will lead to great relief among all parties, adding that Geneva statement has been agreed upon by all sides, including the US, and Russia suggested that document within the framework of the UN Security Council resolution but it received no response.
Lukashevich noted that more international powers admit that violence and bloodshed will not achieve a settlement to the crisis in Syria, adding that there is cautious optimism for reaching a solution. He pointed out that there are some indications that the situation could change.
”The Russian Foreign Ministry welcomes and backs the efforts of the UN Envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi,” Lukashevich said, pointing to real support offered through Brahimi’s shuttle diplomacy.
He reiterated Russia’s support to Brahimi, taking into account that his ideas are not unanimously agreed upon.
R. Raslan/ M. Ismael
President Ahmadinejad..Iran Works for Reconciling Viewpoints in Syria
CAIRO, (SANA)_Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran works for reconciling viewpoints between the Syrian government and opposition in Syria and realizing peace and security there through dialogue.
In a press conference on Thursday, Ahmadinejad said that no one is entitled to interfere in the domestic affairs of states, adding ”We feel sorry for what Syria is passing through, and striving to reconcile the viewpoints between the Syrian government and opposition for ending the crisis there through national dialogue according to the will of the Syrian people.”
He added that unified stances on the crisis in Syria cannot be realized through sticking to differences but through finding common denominators for reaching a solution.
”If we help in achieving national accord, this does not mean that we are interfering in the internal affairs of other states,” he added.
”To decide who is the ruler and the way he comes to power is determined by the peoples, and the Syrian people is no exception,” the Iranian president said, adding ”The help we can offer is to exert efforts for national accord to materialize.”
He indicated that the views of Egypt, Turkey and Iran on Syria are moving closer to convergence.
Al-Maliki Underlines Need for Swift Political Solution to Crisis in Syria
CAIRO, (SANA)_The Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki renewed call for backing the approaches intended to find a swift political solution to the crisis in Syria.
In statements on the sidelines of the 12th Islamic Summit in Cairo, al-Maliki said that there are available prospects for finding an exit route out of the Syrian crisis that realizes the aspirations of the Syrian people.
He added that Iraq has long experienced meddling in its affairs, adding that his country now rests on bases of democracy, elections and partnership.
Lebanese Foreign Minister.. National Dialogue only Way Out of Crisis
Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour affirmed that the political dialogue is the only way out of the crisis in Syria which preserves the Syrian territorial integrity and halts violence, renewing condemnation of the Israeli aggression on a scientific research center in Damascus countryside.
” Resorting to national political dialogue in Syria is the only way which guarantees the Syrian people’s aspirations away of foreign intervention and away of violating borders and the supplying of weapons and money to the armed groups,” Mansour, heading Lebanon delegation to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Summit, said.
“While Syria witnesses painful events, Israel has launched an aggression on a scientific research center in Damascus countryside .. this aggression proves to the whole world the intentions of Israel which was founded on aggression and terrorism,” Mansour added.
M. Ismael/ Mazen
Health Ministry, UNICEF Distribute Food Shipments to Temporary Housing Centers
DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Ministry of Health, in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), started distributing food shipments worth SYP 200 million to health institutions and temporary housing centers in all provinces.
In a press statement during his tour to Medhat Taqi Eddin temporary housing center in Damascus, Minister of Health, Sa’ad al-Nayef, highlighted the Ministry’s efforts to provide food materials, baby milk and vitamins and nutritional supplements in order to ensure good health for children and pregnant women in the affected areas due to the events.
He added that the shipments included million doses of vitamin A and a variety of vitamins and medicine for pregnant women and children.
Al-Nayef noted that the current circumstances require unifying efforts among public and civil sectors and the international health organization.
The minister said the terrorist attacks on health institutions and hospitals negatively affected the efforts exerted to provide healthcare services to citizens and hindered the achievement of developmental goals in Syria.
Al-Nayef added that the Ministry launched a vaccination campaign in all health centers and temporary housing centers.
In turn, Governor of Damascus, Beshr al-Sabban, referred to the governmental, civil and international efforts to meet the needs of families at the temporary housing centers.
He added that the Governrate started to pay damages for citizens whose houses were destroyed due to the practices of the armed terrorist groups.
R. Raslan/ M. Ismael
Senator Refutes US allegations of not Supplying Terrorists in Syria with Weapons
WASHINGTON, (SANA)-US Republican Senator Rand Paul revealed the lies of the statements of a number of US officials who claimed that they don’t send weapons to the armed groups in Syria, referring to confirmed information about weapon shipment from Libya to Syria under US sponsorship.
“One of the questions that I raised to the US former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was if we coordinate to send weapons from Libya to Turkey, then to the gunmen in Syria.. she answered no, but before one week of the assassination of US Ambassador in Libya, a ship loaded with weapons left Libya with the recognition of the Americans.
The ship captain talked about weapons which were sent to the gunmen in Syria who fight each other on who got weapons and who didn’t,” Paul said in a speech to the CNN.
He added that the majority of the gunmen in Syria belong to the terrorist Jabhat al-Nusra groups, to al-Qaeda or they are extremist members, affirming that the US administration is mistaken being involved in sending weapons to gunmen as this poses a threat to the Syrian people.
Syrian Opposition Offices in the US Will Not Have Diplomatic Status: Source
NEW YORK, (SANA) - A well-informed source at the United Nations said that the Syrian opposition offices to be opened in Washington and New York will not be granted diplomatic immunity.
In a statement to the Russian Itar Tass News Agency, the source added that the offices will serve as liaison communication office that is administered by the US and the international community.
Regarding rumors on the intention of the Syrian opposition to send representatives to the UN, the source said that it is impossible since they are not representatives of UN member states or official bodies.
R. Raslan/ M. Ismael
SYP 100 Million Losses of Printing Establishment Due to Terrorist Attacks
DAMASCUS, (SANA) – The Syrian students defy the crisis challenges and continue education process in spite of all the difficulties that face them due to the terrorists’ attacks on education institutions.
At the first weeks of this study year, terrorists attacked book warehouses and book transfer vehicles, causing SYP 100 million in losses, according the Director-General of the General Printing Establishment, Zuher Suleiman.
He clarified that the Ministry of Education spared no efforts to deliver school books in time throughout the country as much as possible.
Students surpassed the problem at the beginning through copying the assigned lessons and spread them to find solutions until books were available, student Hassan Ibrahim calrified.
Another problem that faces the education process is the uneven demographic spread as a lot of families have moved to other parts of the country, with the teaching staffs facing big problems in delivering scientific matters fairly, according to teacher Hala Imad from Sweida Province.
She noted that the Ministry, in response, is working on accommodating the students’ needs in cooperation with other establishments and NGO’s.
R. Milhem / H. Said
National Dialogue Forum Kicks off in Aleppo
ALEPPO, (SANA) – The national dialogue forum, organized by Aleppo Secretariat for National Standards, kicked off on Wednesday in Aleppo under the title “National Dialogue Forum: Charter and Rescue Project.”
The forum is organized in cooperation with the Culture Directorate in Aleppo with the participation of national forces and representatives of religious, economic, cultural and youth activities.
Coordinator of Aleppo Secretariat for National Standards, Dr. Abdelhadi Nasri, said that this forum is based on the political program for resolving the crisis in Syria which is the only way out of the crisis, calling for the participation of all political, social, cultural and economic forces.
In turn, Aleppo Governor Mohammad Wahid Aqqad stressed the need for everyone to engage in dialogue to achieve national reconciliation, underlining steps taken by the Governorate to achieve security and stability and provide citizens’ needs.
For their part, Director of Endowments in Aleppo, sheikh Abdelqader al-Shihabi, and head of the Arab Anglican sect in Aleppo, pastor Ibrahim Nasir, affirmed that freedom doesn’t come from abroad, but begins from within.
Secretary General of the Syrian Democratic Party, Ahmad Kousa, said that there’s no alternative to dialogue for resolving the crisis and that all forms of violence must be rejected.
Participants in the forum stressed the need for all social bodies and movements to participate with political parties and forces to formulate a work mechanism to preserve the unity and sovereignty of Syria, affirming that the Syrian Arab Army is the symbol of national sovereignty and the protector of the country and citizens.
They said that democratic changes can only be affected through political action and parties, calling for rejecting foreign interference and terrorism and formulating a national charter to establish basis for the political and social life that all Syrians want.
The participants underlined the need to speed up the realization of national reconciliation, continuing economic reforms, following up on citizens’ social and livelihood affairs, finding a mechanism that guarantees that aid reaches those who deserve it, and building a national economy based on higher growth rates and social justice.
They stressed the need to bolster the role of the public sector and improve it, limiting rises in prices, combating corruption, protecting economic and strategic establishments, and preserving cultural heritage and archeological sites.
The participants also called for encouraging people not involved in shedding blood to abandon weapons and integrate into society, resolving the status of detainees, expediting the entry and distribution of humanitarian aid, in addition to helping people displaced by terrorism until they can return to their homes.
Official Source.. Syrian Government Condemns Assassination of Shukri Belaid
DAMASCUS, (SANA)-An official source on Thursday announced that the Syrian government condemns, in the strongest terms, the hideous crime that claimed the life of Tunisian struggler Chokri Belaid.
The source added that the Syrian government offers warm condolences to the family, relatives and colleagues of Belaid and all the honest strugglers in Tunisia.
Belaid was assassinated on Wednesday in front of his home in Tunis.
Thousands of Tunisians protested the assassination.