SANA HEADLINES FEBRUARY 9-11, 2013

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Daily Newscast of Syrian TV, the state television, Sunday 10 February 2013.


Daily Newscast of Syrian TV, the state television, Monday 11 February 2013.

SANA DAILY HEADLINES ON SYRIA 360°

President al-Assad: Syria Will Remain the Beating Heart of Arabism

Feb 11, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – President Bashar al-Assad on Monday received a delegation of Jordanian political activists, lawyers, doctors and engineers headed by Assistant secretary General of the Arab Lawyers’ Union Samih Khreis.

The meeting tackled the situation in the region in general and Syria in particular, with the delegation members voicing the Jordanian people’s support for the Syrian people in their current ordeal.

They affirmed that honest Arabs will not leave Syria alone in the face of the conspiracies against it, and that the Syrian blood was shed in defense of all honest Arabs and that it will write Syria’s coming victory.

The delegation members said that targeting Syria isn’t new or surprising since it’s a country that has been bearing the burden of Arab causes for decades, lauding Syria’s firm stances in adherence to Arab dignity, rights and Arab causes which put it in a position of honorable confrontation with the enemies of the nation.

For his part, President al-Assad thanked the delegation members for their national stances in support of the Syrian people, affirming that Syria will remain the beating heart of Arabism and that it will not relinquish its principles no matter how much pressure is exerted upon it and regardless of the conspiracies that not only target Syria, but also all Arabs.

Members of the delegation stressed in TV interviews after the meeting that President al-Assad assured them that the crisis in Syria will pass and the situation is going towards Syria’s inevitable victory.

They asserted that Syria, under the leadership of President al-Assad, will emerge out of the crisis stronger than before, pointing out that the relations between the Jordanian and Syrian peoples are deep-rooted and the conspiracy which is hatched against Syria is also hatched against Jordan.

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H. Sabbagh

President al-Assad Congratulates Ahmadinejad on Anniversary of Islamic Revolution Victory

Feb 11, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday sent a congratulatory cable to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran on the anniversary of the Victory of the Iranian Islamic Revolution.

In his cable, President al-Assad expressed, on behalf of the Syrian people and on his own behalf, heartfelt and best wishes to President Ahmadinejad and the friendly people of Iran.

Mikdad: Iranian Revolution Converted Equations in Region

Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Dr. Fayssal Mikdad said that the Iranian revolution was a great event in the region.

The remarks came during the celebration of the victory of the Iranian Islamic Revolution held in the Iranian Embassy in Damascus.

The event was attended by the Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi, Speaker of the People’s Assembly Mohammad Jihad al-Lahham, in addition to ministers and partisan figures.

Mikdad stressed that the Iranian revolution converted all equations in the region as the USA and other countries were trying to make it a servant to Israel and the Shah of Iran.

He stressed that the bright image of the Iranian revolution is embodied in its support to the Arab issues, hailing the Iranian political and economic support to Syria.

He said that Syria is fighting a war on behalf of all honest Muslims against the enemies of Arabism and Islam.

Dr. Mikdad highlighted that the Syrian-Iranian relations will remain strong despite all plots, stressing that the political program symbolize the ambition of the Syrian leadership to reach a solution to the crisis in Syria through dialogue and reconciliation.

For his part, Iranian Ambassador in Damascus Mohammad Riza Shebani stressed that Syria’s enemies were broken in front of the resistant Syria.

He stressed that solving the crisis in Syria can be achieved only through ending violence and preventing gunmen from receiving funds and weapons.

M. Nassr/ H. Said

President al-Assad Issues Two Decrees Nominating New Ministers

Feb 10, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday issued Decree No.61 for 2013 nominating each of the following as ministers:

Engineer Hussein Farzat as Minister of Housing and Urban Development.

Engineer Hussein Arnous as Minister of Public Works.

Engineer Ahmad al-Qadri as Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform.

Engineer Suleiman al-Abbas as Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.

Dr. Ismael Ismael as Finance Minister.

Dr. Kinda al-Shammat as Minister of Social Affairs.

Dr. Hassan Hijazi as Minister of Labor.

President al-Assad also issued Legislative Decree No.15 establishing two Ministries, the first is the Ministry of Social Affairs and the second is the Ministry of Labor. 

Eng. Hussein Mohammad Farzat was born in Hama in 1957. He holds a university degree in Architectural Engineering, University of Aleppo, 1980. He was member of Hama City Council for three terms, member of the People’s Assembly, member of Engineers Syndicate Council in Damascus and member of the politburo of the Arab Socialist Movement. He also served as a minister of state.

Eng. Hussein Arnous was born in Idleb in 1953. He holds a university degree in Civil Engineering, University of Aleppo, 1978. He served as Head of the Idleb branch of the Engineers Syndicate 1989-1994, Director of the General Company for Roads 1992-2002, Assistant Minister of Transportation 2002-2004 and Director General of the Public Establishment for Road Communications 2004-2009. He was also appointed as Governor of Deir Ezzor 2009-2011 and Governor of Quneitra in 2011.

Eng. Ahmad al-Qadri was born in Hasaka in 1956. He holds a university degree in Agricultural Sciences, 1981 and a Diploma in Field Crop Cultivation, 1992. He served as Head of the Agricultural Scientific Research Center in Qamishli 1986-2000, Director of Hasaka Agriculture Directorate 2000-2007, Director of Modern Irrigation Project 2007-2011 and Deputy Minister of Agriculture since 2011.

Engineer Suleiman al-Abbas holds a university degree in Petroleum Engineering, the Romanian University of Ploieşti, 1982, a universal certificate in oil well control and a contract arbitration certificate from the Arab Engineers Federation. He worked as Director of al-Jibseh Oil Fields in 1997, Director of Planning Department at the Syrian Petroleum Company in 2005 and member of the Board of Directors of al-Furat Oil Company in 2008.

Dr. Ismael Ismael was born in 1955. He holds a university degree in Economy, Accountancy Department, University of Damascus, 1980, a PhD from the Higher Commerce Institute in Germany, Leipzig, 1983 and a PhD in Financial Analysis, 1988. He served as Head of the General Establishment for Cereal Processing and Trade 2001-2006. He has been a professor at the Accountancy Department at the Faculty of Economy since 2002.

Dr. Kinda al-Shammat was born in Damascus Countryside in 1973. She holds a PhD in Private Law, University of Damascus, 2005. She was member of the teaching staff at Damascus University, the Virtual University and Open Learning System. She worked with the Syrian Commission for Family Affairs, the General Union of Syrian Women and the UN Development Fund as a legal expert in family affairs and violence against women. She was a member in the committee for amending the constitution in 2012.

Dr. Hassan Hijazi was born in Quneitra in 1964. He holds a PhD in Economic Sciences. He taught at the Faculty of Economy at the University of Damascus 1997-2003 and worked as assistant professor since 2003. He was appointed Secretary of Administrative and Student Affairs at the Faculty in 2001 and Dean of the Planning Institute for Economic and Social Development for 2010, 2011. He was appointed Assistant Minister of Social Affairs and Labor in 2011.

Mazen/H. Said

President al-Assad Issues Decrees on Penalty Relief for Tax Payers 

Feb 10, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday issued Legislative Decree No. 16 for 2013 providing relief from interests, fines and penalties for prayers of profit tax and its additions owed in 2011 and the years before if payment obligations are met before the deadline of June 30th 2013.

The decree also provides interest, fine and penalty relief for payers of consumption tax and other direct financial fees and their additions owed in 2011 and the years before if payment obligations are met before the deadline of June 30th 2013.

The decree includes other exemption cases and provides for ending work of Law No. 19 for 2011 and all provisions contrary to this Legislative Decree.

President al-Assad also issued Legislative Decree No. 17 for 2013 on extending period of general classification of income tax payers which expires on December 31st, 2012 one more year.

The classification period can be extended for an additional year by a decision of Minister of Finance.

The decree also stipulates for amending a number of paragraphs and items in the Income Tax Law No. 24 for 2003.

In a statement to SANA, Director General of the General Establishment of Taxes and Fees al-Zubair Darwish said that these two decrees benefit many taxpayers including those who were charged with tax evasion before the end of 2012, in addition to permitting financial departments in areas affected by the current events to wave income tax penalties and fees after investigating damages locally by a committee.

H. Said / H. Sabbagh

The Army Inflicts Heavy Losses upon Terrorists in Several Provinces

Feb 10, 2013
 

PROVINCES, (SANA)- Units of the Armed Forces inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists in qualitative operations which they carried out against their gatherings in Irbin, Zamalka, Harasta, Adra and Douma farms and confiscated their weapons and ammunition.

An official source told SANA reporter that an Army unit destroyed several terrorist’s dens in Irben and Zamalka in the west of al-Ghouta and confiscated their weapons, including heavy machineguns, rifles and ammunition.

Mahmoud Dalwaan, Khalid Majed ,Bilal Awuad, Muhammad al-Aftarisi, Suleiman Idris, Baha’a Hasan and Muhammad Hamrawi were identified among the killed terrorists.

The source added that other Army units killed and injured several terrorists  in qualitative operations in Douma farma , Harasta and Adra al-Balad. Among the killed terrorists were Muhammad Deeb, Salim al-Kurdi, Muhammad Afouf, Khalil Eid, Muhammad Ghazal and Hussam al-Habashi, who is leader of an armed terrorist group.

The source pointed out that the Army units during the operations destroyed a number of cars which were used by the terrorists in their criminal acts.

The Armed Forces Discover Several Tunnels in Daraya in Damascus Countryside

Units of the Armed Forces continued  pursuing the armed terrorist groups in Daraya city, killing scores of terrorists. They also found tunnels which were used by terrorists for movement and storing  weapons and ammunition.

An official source told SANA reporter that an Army unit discovered two tunnels in al-Shraida square and explosive device workshop in a house.

The source added that another Army unit eliminated a number of terrorists and destroyed their vehicles, including a bulldozer which was used by the terrorists to set up roadblocks in the streets  to block the Army units’ progress.

The source pointed out that another Army unit clashed with an armed terrorists group around al-Sayeda Sakhina shrine and killed a number of snipers.

In the same context, an engineering unit dismantled explosive devices and mines, ranged between 15-30 Kg, which were planted by the terrorists at the shrine.

In addition to that, the terrorists targeted al-Sayeda Sakina shrine with mortar shells, causing damage to its minarets.

Army Targets Terrorists’ Hideouts in Aleppo

The Armed Forces continued pursuing the armed terrorist groups in Aleppo and its countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them and destroying their hideouts and equipment.

An official source told SANA reporter that an army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group in al-Dweirinyeh in Aleppo countryside, killing scores of terrorists and destroying vehicles equipped with DShk and anti-aircraft machineguns.

The Armed Forces also targeted terrorists’ gatherings in al-Sfeira and al-Kamari.

The army clashed with a terrorist group that tried to attack a military post in Queris and eliminated all of the group’s members, among them was their leader Feras Ibrahim and many terrorists of non-Syrian nationalities.

In al-Mansoura and Tal Arran, the army killed and injured scores of terrorists, arrested many and confiscated 23 and 14.5 caliber machineguns.

In Aleppo city, the army targeted terrorists’ gatherings in the areas of Bab al-Hadid, Masaken Hanano, Qadi Askar, al-Naqarin and Bani Zaid, inflicting heavy losses upon them and destroying their vehicles and hideouts.

Another army unit clashed with terrorist group in al-Haydaryeh and inflicted heavy losses upon the terrorists.

Meanwhile, one woman and a child were martyred and three others injured after terrorists targeted the area of Tajmeel al-Khaldyeh with mortar shells.

Terrorists’ Gatherings and Dens Targeted in Idleb

Units of the Armed Forces on Sunday targeted terrorists’ gatherings and hideouts in several areas in the countryside of Idleb, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

Units of the Armed Forces on Sunday targeted terrorists’ gatherings and hideouts in several areas in the countryside of Idleb, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

SANA reporter quoted a source in the province as saying that a unit of the Armed Forces targeted two gathering of terrorists in al-Rami town in Jabal al-Zawiyeh in the countryside of the province, killing many of them and injuring others, in addition to destroying a number of vehicles.

The source added that another army unit inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists in the farms surrounding al-Shagher, al-Ya’aqobiyeh and al-Janoudiyeh villages.

Meanwhile, a unit of the Armed Forces destroyed a terrorists’ hideout near Jisr al-Shughour city along with all weapons and ammunition inside it and two vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns.

An Armed Forces unit clashed with a terrorist group that attempted to attack a youth camp in the town of al-Nairab, inflicting heavy losses upon terrorists.

Another unit eliminated terrorist gatherings in the farms of Haj Hammound between Jisr al-Shughour and Darkoush.

In Ma’aret al-Nu’man, an Armed Forces unit inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists, killing a number of them and destroying their equipment in the perimeter of Wadi al-Daif, Kafer Roma, Hesh, and al-Deir al-Shamali.

In Abu al-Zuhour east of the city of Saraqeb, an Armed Forces units targeted gatherings of terrorists north of the village of al-Majass and eliminated a number of them.

Armed Forces Confsicate Ammo in Homs

An Armed Forces unit confiscated an amount of ammo in the fields overlooking Nizar Qabbani street in Homs which terrorists had been attempting to smuggle into Homs city through the sewers.

Two of the terrorists smuggling the ammo were killed.

Confiscated ammo included large amounts of machinegun and assault rifle ammo.

Armed Forces Units Inflict Heavy Losses Upon Terrorists in Deir Ezzor

An Armed Forces unit carried out an operation in al-Huwaiqa neighborhood in Deir Ezzor city, resulting in the elimination of a number of terrorists including Iyad Riyad al-Farran who led a terrorist group, Ahmad Ziyad al-Rahmo, and members of Jabhet al-Nusra Abu Ai al-Hamwi and Abdelsalam Abu al-Izz.

Another unit carried out an operation in al-Jbeileh neighborhood, injuring a number of terrorists and killing others including Sobhi Abdelmajid al-Ali from a group known as “Huzaifa Bin al-Yaman” battalion.

In al-Matar neighborhood, an Armed Forces operation resulted in the injury and death of several terrorist. Among the dead terrorists were Mahdeddin Fayez al-Hussein, Baibars Mahmoud al-Darwish, Sleiman Jassem al-Hammoud, Nizar Yousef Wahbi al-Saleh, and Mahmoud Sobhi al-Mousa.

Another unit targeted a terrorist gathering in al-Orfi neighborhood, inflicting heavy losses upon them. Among the terrorists killed in this operation was Ismael al-Rashid from the group known as “Abu Bakr al-Seddiq” battalion.

Armed Forces Destroy Dens of Jabhet al-Nusra Terrorists in Hama Countryside

An Armed Forces unit carried out an operation in the town of al-Hamamiyat in Mhardeh area in Hama’s northern countryside, resulting in the destruction of terrorist dens.

A number of terrorists from Jabhet al-Nusra, some of them non-Syrians, were killed during this operation.

English Bulletin

Terrorists Eliminated, Their Dens Destroyed  in Several Areas

Feb 11, 2013
 

PROVINCES, (SANA)_Units of the army carried out a string of qualitative operations on Monday against terrorists in Douma, Eteibeh, Zamalka and Erbeen in Damascus countryside, destroying their cars and machineguns.

An official source told SANA that terrorists were killed in Al-Ebb farms in Douma in the eastern Ghouta, among them Ahmad Al-Shimali, Abdul-Malek Ouda, and Omar Rashawn, along with destroying 5 cars with the terrorists inside and two vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns.

The source added that another unit carried out a qualitative operation in Eteibeh town in the eastern Ghouta, killing and injuring several terrorists.

Leader of the so-called ‘Al-Obada Battalion in Jabhat al-Nusra ‘, an Iraqi, was identified among the dead, along with the terrorists Rami Sarhan, Hussein Kelanni, Mohammad Kalousha and Wael Shikhani.

The source added that a car equipped with a 23 mm anti-aircraft machinegun and several cars were destroyed.

In Erbeen and Zamalka, units of the army killed and injured several terrorists in two qualitative operations, and destroyed a storehouse of weapons and ammunition, including heavy machineguns, automatic rifles and mortar shells.

In a relevant context, units of the Armed Forces pursued the armed terrorist groups in Daraya and al-Zabadani cities, killing and injuring many terrorists and seizing their weapons and advanced communication devices.

An official source told SANA reporter that a unit of the Armed Forces clashed with terrorists near al-Sayyeda Sukaina Shrine in Daraya, killing some of them, including the leader of the so-called al-Furqan group.

The source added that another army unit foiled terrorists’ attempt to detonate a number of explosive devices, weighing 20 to 30 kg, planted in the same area.

Meanwhile, a unit of the Armed Forces clashed with an armed terrorist group in al-Zabadani city, killing and injuring many of its members.

The army also destroyed a terrorists’ hideout along with all weapons and ammunition inside it, including RPG launchers, grenades, advanced communication devices and missile launch pads.

The Armed Forces inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists near Anas Factory in al-Nabk in Damascus Countryside.

A military source told SANA that a number of machinegun-equipped vehicles were destroyed with all ammunition and weapons inside them.

Stability Restored to Town in Hama Countryside

Units of the armed forces eliminated the last remnants of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists and the so-called ‘Hama Armor Brigade’ along with their gatherings in al-Hamamiyat town in Hama countryside.

A military source told SANA that the armed forces restored security and stability to the town and confiscated various missiles, RPG rounds and automatic rifles, after thwarting attempts to detonated 11 explosive devices planted by terrorists in the town.

It added that a number of terrorists were killed, and a rocket launcher and a car loaded with weapons and ammunitions were destroyed in Kafrnbouda town north of Hama.

Another army unit eliminated a number of terrorists who were attacking citizens and passers-by at the southern entrance of Hama.

In a relevant context, all members of an armed terrorist group were killed in Jeb Suleiman farm in the northern countryside of Hama.

Terrorists Killed in Homs Countryside

The source added that units of the armed forces killed terrorists in al-Houla, Ebel, Jobar, Ein Hussein and al-Ameriyya, destroying 9 cars equipped with heavy machineguns and three motorcycles.

A unit of the armed forces also destroyed a tunnel with the terrorists and weapons inside near the Cultural Center in al-Qusayr in Homs countryside.

Army Units Destroy Terrorists’ Dens in Homs Countryside

Units of the Armed Forces destroyed, in qualitative operations, dens of the armed terrorist groups, killing and injuring a number of the terrorists in Homs countryside.

A source in the province told SANA reporter that the Army units carried out operations against terrorists’ dens in Taldo, Eabil town, Oush al-Waroar, al-Taiba in al-Huola area in al-Kousaer and al-Tala in al-Rastan city, adding that the Army units destroyed terrorists’ weapons including a mortar launcher.

Souliman al-Mousa, Ibrahim al-Kasim, Ammar al-Kourdi, Yehia al-A’amer and Redouan Bakour were identified among the killed terrorists.

Terrorists’ Dens, Cars Destroyed in Idleb Countryside

Units of the armed forces inflicted heavy losses on terrorists in a series of qualitative operations against their gatherings in Idleb countryside.

A number of the terrorists’ machineguns- equipped cars, along with the weapons inside them were destroyed in the operations.

The source added that 4 cars equipped with machineguns and terrorists’ dens were destroyed in Bannish town in Idleb countryside, adding that all the terrorists inside were killed or injured.

A unit of the armed forces also destroyed a workshop and storehouse of explosive devices in al-Nayrab town in Idleb countryside.

SANA quoted a source in the province as saying that all the terrorists who were inside the storehouse were killed in the operation.

Army Units Eliminate Terrorists in Idleb Countryside

Units of the Armed Forces carried out  a series of qualitative operations against the terrorists and destroyed a warehouse  in Idleb countryside , killing and injuring several terrorists

A military source told SANA reporter that an Army unit killed a number of terrorists around al-Dayf valley and destroyed a warehouse for terrorists which was full with weapons and ammunition, In addition to a missile launch- pad.

The source added that terrorist known as  Abo Hani, who is a leader of an armed terrorist group,  was identified among the killed terrorists.

The source added that other Army units destroyed terrorists’ cars and gatherings  in al-Haj Hamoud Farm, al-Nyrab, al-Rami, al-Janoudia,  towns in Jesr al-Shougor countryside, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.

The Armed Forces Continue their Operations against Terrorists in Aleppo and its Countryside

The Armed Forces continued their qualitative operations against the armed terrorist groups in Aleppo and its countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.

An official source told SANA reporter that the Army units targeted  the terrorists’ dens and gatherings in al-Bab city in Aleppo countryside, killing a number of terrorists and destroying their vehicles.

In Aleppo city, the Army units destroyed terrorist’s gatherings in Bab al-Nyrab, al-Nakharin, al-Kalasa and Bustan al-Kaser, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.

B.Mousa / M. Ismael / H. Sabbagh

Russia and Algeria Call for Settling Issues in Syria and Mali in Political Ways

Feb 11, 2013

ALGEIRS, (SANA) – Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, announced after his meeting with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algiers that Russia and Algeria agree on the necessity of settling the situation in Syria and Mali through political and diplomatic ways without foreign interference.

Russia Today Website reported Lavrov as saying that “viewpoints of Russia and Algeria were identical on the necessity of activating the international system concerning the pivotal role of the United Nations and the UN Security Council in settling disputes in political and diplomatic ways without interference in the internal affairs of any country.”

Lavrov added that the two sides agreed on continuing dialogue on all levels and coordinating steps in the field of foreign policy and developing bilateral cooperation.

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Information Minister, PA Speaker Meet Egyptian Political and Mass Media Delegation

Feb 11, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi on Monday met a delegation of Egyptian political and mass media figures headed by Secretary General of the Egyptian Nasserite Party Ahmed al-Hussein.

Members of the delegation voiced their support for the Syrian people in the face of the conspiracy targeting it, with Hussein saying that what is happening in Syria has nothing to do with the “Arab spring.”

He lauded the Syrian people’s steadfastness in the face of armed militias and Jabhet al-Nusra, stressing that the conspiracy against Syria is doomed to fail thanks to the victories of the Syrian Arab Army.

The delegation members lauded the political program for resolving the crisis in Syria and the national dialogue.

They also talked about the practices and policies of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt who violate constitutional, cultural and political establishment.

For his part, Minister al-Zoubi lauded the positions of political forces and the role of journalists who relay the truth about what is happening in Syria, stressing that those who target Syria are targeting the entire Arab nation.

He also briefed the delegation on the mechanisms of implementing the political program for resolving the crisis and launching national dialogue across Syria.

Speaker al-Laham: Political Program to Solve Crisis in Syria Main Exit to Overcome Ongoing Events

 Speaker of the People’s Assembly, Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, stressed on Monday that the political program to solve the crisis in Syria is the main exit to overcome the ongoing events and an important stage in the political solution in participation with all sides.

During a meeting with Egyptian media political forces, al-Laham pointed out that the majority of the opposition outside Syria do not enjoy popular base and if they were confident of their political proposals, the door is open for dialogue with everyone who protects the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.

Al-Laham reviewed the reality of the ongoing events in Syria and the war which is launched against the Syrian people to undermine Syria’s national role.

Head of the delegation, Secretary-General of the Nasserite Party of Egypt, Ahmad Hassan, said that there is a scheme to destroy the Arab Nation and fragmenting it into small states to serve the Zionist and colonial interests.

H. Sabbagh/ F.L/Mazen

Electricity Minister: Losses of Electricity Sector Estimated at SYP 218 Billion

Feb 11, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Minister of Electricity Imad Khamis said that the damage caused to the national economy due to the power outages resulted from sabotage acts is estimated at around SYP 218 billion.

Meeting an Indian delegation , Minister Khamis reviewed the losses in the infrastructure, power networks and vital facilities which have been targeted by the armed terrorist groups.

He added that the electricity sector lost 81 martyrs, while 175 workers were injured and 29 were kidnapped.

He pointed out that the construction of a number of power plants was delayed because of the non-implementation of funding agreements in this regard, including Deir Ali and Deir Ezzor power plants.

Head of the Indian delegation, Feroze Mithiborwala said that Syria is paying the price for its support for the Palestinian people and the resistance in the face of the Israeli occupation.

He added that Syria’s enemies recruited mercenaries form 29 countries to fight against it in an attempt to undermine the country and its principled stances.

The delegation members stressed that they will convey the reality of the situation in Syria to the Indian and international public opinion.

R. Raslan/ H. Sabbagh

Mikdad Affirms Syria’s Continuing Support for Palestinian People’s Struggle

Feb 11, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Dr. Fayssal Mikdad on Monday met with a delegation from the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization headed by Director of the Refugee Affairs Department  at the Committee, Zakaraya Ibrahim.

The two sides discussed relations between the Syrian and Palestinian people and the state of Palestinian refugees in Syria.

Mikdad affirmed that Syria will continue to support the struggle of the Palestinian people to realize their legitimate aspirations, noting that much of what is happening in Syria currently is due to its support of the Palestinian cause and its position towards the Arab-Israeli conflict.

He asserted Syria’s commitment to the Palestinian refugees, stressing the need to keep them out of the current events in Syria.

For their part, the delegation members briefed Mikdad on the political and internal situation in Palestine, wishing Syria and its people progress, prosperity and security and hoping that Syria will emerge from the crisis and remain a base of supporting Arab rights and causes, particularly the Palestinian cause and rights

H. Sabbagh

Participants in the “Global Rally to Support Syria” in France: Dialogue Only Way Out of Crisis

Feb 11, 2013

PARIS, (SANA) – Participants in the “Global Rally to Support Syria” in France stressed that dialogue is the only solution to the crisis in Syria, expressing support for Syria in the face of the conspiracy targeting it.

Members of the Syrian community in France, the National Union of Syrian Students branch, the Tunisian, Algerian and some Arab communities as well as French nationals participated in the rally at the Trocadéro Square in Paris.

The participants stressed that the solution should be achieved through dialogue and the political program to solve the crisis.

The crowds expressed support and appreciation for the Syrian Arab Army’s sacrifices to restore security and stability to the country.

The participants said that the powers which stand behind the assassination of the Tunisian opposition figure Shukri Baleid are the same which kill the Syrian people.

R. Milhem / H. Sabbagh

Higher Education Minister: No Acute Medicine Shortage at University Hospitals

Feb 11, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA)_Minister of Higher Education Mohammad Yehia Moalla said that there is no acute medicine shortage at the university hospitals, but lack of certain pharmaceutical items.

In a statement to SANA during a tour to the Children’s Hospital in Damascus on Monday, Moalla said that the crisis and economic sanctions on Syria have created several challenges and difficulties related to providing some pharmaceutical items and medical products and delivering them to hospitals.

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He said the ministry is keen on following up on the work of hospitals and tacking the challenges hindering it for offering best free-of-charge services to citizens.

Moalla added that the ministry will consider the possibility of raising the bonuses and incentives for the nursing cadres, especially at children’s hospitals.

Mazen Haddad, Director of the Children’s Hospital in Damascus, said that the Hospital is working for providing the best services for citizens, but suffers shortage in certain pharmaceutical items, not to mention a shortage in the nursing staff.

M. Ismael

Salafi Movement in Jordan Admits Six of its Members Killed in Syria

Feb 11, 2013

AMMAN, (SANA)_The Salafi movement in Jordan said six of its members were killed in clashes with the Syrian army in a number of Syrian provinces.

RT TV channel quoted a source at the movement on Sunday who spoke on condition of anonymity that six Jordanians affiliated to the so-called ‘Jabhat al-Nusra’ were killed over the past days in confrontations with the Syrian army in the provinces of Damascus, Daraa, Aleppo, Hama and Idleb.

The source added that many other Syrian Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were also killed in the confrontations.

Earlier, the Salafi movement in Jordan had admitted that about 300 militants affiliated to the movement are fighting against the Syrian army.

M. Ismael

Car Bomb Kills at Least 13 on Turkey-Syria Border

Feb 11, 2013

ANKARA, (SANA) – A car bomb exploded at a crossing on Turkey’s border with Syria near the Cilvegozu border post on Monday, killing at least 13 people including 3 Turkish citizens and wounding 28 more.

Anadolu News Agency said the death toll, including those who died in the hospitals, reached 13 and the number of the wounded people is 28, including 9 Turkish citizens and 19 Syrians.

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The agency added that the wounded people include 13 who are in a critical situation, 5 of them are Turkish citizens and 8 are Syrians.

The wounded people are being treated in Reyhanli and Antakia hospitals and other specialized hospitals.

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Al-Zoubi: Syria Facing War with al-Qaeda-Affiliated Terrorist Groups

Feb 10, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Minister of information Omran al-Zoubi said Syria and the Syrian people are fighting terrorist groups linked to al-Qaeda and supported directly by Qatar, the Turkish government and many other countries that have agendas in the region.

During his meeting with an Indian delegation comprising lawyers and journalists, Minister al-Zoubi pointed out to the Turkish role and the Qatari funding of the terrorist groups with US and European patronage in addition to the role of some Israeli companies in this regard.

He said that the plot against Syria started in 2006 after the Lebanese Resistance, supported by Syria, defeated Israel, adding that lots of terrorists affiliated to takfiri organizations from about 29 countries are fighting in Syria.

He said that hundreds of those terrorists were released from Arab and foreign prisons as to fight in Syria.

“Confronting these terrorist organizations, which can destabilize any country, needs a regional and international strategy… The Qatar funding and the Turkish logistic support make this mission difficult,” al-Zoubi said.

He briefed the attendance on the political program to solve the crisis, stressing that fighting terrorists and terrorism will not stop.

He hailed the positive stances of India in rejection of foreign interference in the Syrian internal affairs, pointing out to the deep-rooted friendship relations between the two countries.

He also hailed India’s stance in support of Syria’s right to retrieve the occupied Golan, adding that the visit of the delegation is an opportunity to inspect the reality of the events in Syria, welcoming the cooperation between the Syrian and the Indian media outlets as to reveal the reality of the terrorist groups and the countries supporting them.

M. Nassr

Patriarch Yazigi Inaugurated as the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East

Feb 10, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Patriarch John X Yazigi was officially inaugurated as the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East on Sunday at the Holy Cross Church in Damascus in the presence of Minister of Presidential Affairs, Mansour Azzam, representing President Bashar al-Assad.

The inauguration ceremony was also attended by Speaker of the People’s Assembly, Jihad al-Laham, Syria’s Mufti, a number of ministers and Baath Party Regional Leadership members, the Iranian Ambassador in Damascus and a large number of official, religious, social and civil figures.

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In speech following his inauguration, Patriarch Yzigi stressed that Syria shall remain one family living in co-existence that is based on peace and amity.

“We as Christians are one family…we pray and work to remain so and we pray for our Muslim brethren to remain so,” said the Patriarch, adding that “we are in this country one people and one family.”

He affirmed that Syria, government and people, will find the way to get out of its crisis through dialogue and the peaceful political solution so as for it to dispel the cloud of violence and restore stability and peace, expressing thanks to President al-Assad and the leadership and government in Syria.

He addressed the Muslims in Syria saying “Our dear brethren, we and you don’t only share the land and destiny as we have built together the civilization of this country,” calling upon the Muslims and Christians “to work together to preserve this precious legacy of Syria.”

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Patriarch Yazigi stressed the unity binding Syria with all the Arab countries, saying Syria “as always never forgets its brotherly countries even when it is now in the middle of its crisis.”

For his part, Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, said “We came to Damascus to express solidarity with the Syrian people…and to stress the ties of unity and amity among us.”

20130210-170828.jpg He noted that all demands for the so-called ‘reforms’, ‘human rights’ and ‘democracy’ are “not worth the blood of one innocent man”, stressing that the Church’s message is that everybody is called for “preserving the human life which is invaluable.”

In turn, Gregorios III Laham, Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, affirmed the importance of working to consolidate Syria’s unity so as to guarantee the stability and security of all citizens.

Mikdad: Syria and Lebanon Are One People

Attending the inauguration ceremony, Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Faisal Mikdad, stressed that Syria has always been one people and one religion throughout history and shall remain so.

“Syria and Lebanon are one people,” Mikdad told journalists on the sidelines of the ceremony, stressing Syria’s welcome of Maronite Patriarch al-Rahi “who is at home.”

“Patriarch al-Rahi corrected what had been wrong for the part decades,” said Mikdad.

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He noted that this celebration which included all spectrums of the Syrian people and the most important spectrums of the Lebanese people represents a forum to say to the West “Do not interfere in our affairs…stop killing our people.”

“Our message to the Syrians is to go back to our Syrian identity and our national unity, history and values,” said Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, adding that “through national dialogue and reconciliation we will regain Syria’s pride and victories.”

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Candle March in Damascus to Affirm that Syria is Land of Fraternity and Amity

Feb 10, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Thousands participated in a candle march in Bab Touma in Damascus on Saturday, organized by religious, popular and youth activities to affirm that Syria is the land of fraternity and amity.

Participants hoped that peace and amity will prevail and that security will be restored so that Syria will remain a country of tolerance.

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Gregorious III Laham, said that this march is held for the sake of Syria and that he’s praying for all the wounded and the people who are suffering, and for those who lost loved ones.

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Iraqi Workers Stress Solidarity with Syrian Citizens

Feb 10, 2013

DAMASCUS,(SANA) - The Iraqi Trade Union delegation stressed solidarity with all Syrians against the terrorist groups heeded by AlQaida which is currently visiting syria.

The delegation condemned the acts of terrorism implemented by the terrorists and funded by the Zionists and their servants.

During their meeting with the chairman of the General Federation of Trade Union Muhammad Shaban Azoz, the delegation members pointed out that the awareness of Syrians people will foil the conspiracy .

Chairman of the Trade Union in Iraq Ali Rahim stressed that Syria is the only Arab country which believes in the unity of the Arab nation and attempts to recover the Arab legitimate rights.

Rahim strongly condemned the Israeli aggression on the research center in Jomraya in Damascus countryside.

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Lattakia Trade Union Honors Martyrs’ Families

Feb 10, 2013

LATTAKIA, (SANA) – Lattakia Trade Union honored on Sunday 40 martyrs’ families in appreciation of their sons’ sacrifices for the sake of the homeland.

Lattakia Governor, Suleiman al-Nasser, said during the honoring ceremony that “Martyrdom is the most sublime meaning of existence and martyrs are the example and the beacon for generations.”

For his part, Head of Lattakia Trade Union, Ali Dawood, pointed out to the importance of honoring the martyrs’ families and heading forward on the way of the martyrs in defending the homeland.

The martyrs’ families expressed their pride in their sons’ sacrifices for the sake of the homeland, highlighting the necessity of martyrdom to defend every inch of Syria.

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Military Source Denies News on Terrorists’ Control of Military Points in Aleppo Countryside 

Feb 10, 2013

ALEPPO, (SANA)- A military source on Sunday dismissed as completely untrue what was circulated by media on terrorists taking over two military points in the surrounding of Minegh Airport in the countryside of Aleppo.

The source stressed in a statement to SANA that these allegations and false news come in the framework of the desperate attempts made by media outlets involved in the shedding of the Syrian blood to raise the low morale of terrorists under the strikes of the army.

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Two Citizens Injured in Car Bomb Blast in Arnous Square, Damascus

Feb 10, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- Two citizens were injured on Sunday when terrorists detonated a car bomb in Arnous Square in Damascus.

A source at Damascus Police Command said the terrorist bombing resulted in the injury of two citizens who were in the area, in addition to causing damage to 10 parked cars. 

Terrorist Blows Himself up in Ruken Eddin

Meanwhile, a terrorist suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt in Rukneddin neighborhood in Damascus, causing his immediate death.

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Lavrov: Events in Syria and Mali Are Direct Echoes of Events in Libya

Feb 10, 2013

MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov affirmed that Russia is committed to its course and view of international issues despite the fact that there are those who disagree with it, stressing the need to resolve the more troublesome international issues through group efforts and mutual respect.

In an interview with the Russian TV on Sunday, Lavrov said that Russia learned a very important lesson from what happened in Libya, voicing confidence that the west is learning this lesson now.

“What is happening in Syria and Mali is a direct echo of the events in Libya,” he said.

Lavrov pointed out that the Russian clear position towards Syria and Iran is based on analysis of facts and reality, and that it’s hard to argue against it in form and pragmatism.

He said that contrary to the majority of other countries, Russia holds dialogue on regular bases with all sides related to the crisis in Syria, including the Syrian government and all sides of the government without exception.

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Participants in National Dialogue Follow-up Committee Highlight Necessity of Halting Violence and Launching Dialogue

Feb 10, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – The Tehran Conference’s National Dialogue Follow-up Committee discussed on Sunday the political program to solve crisis in Syria and the required steps to launch comprehensive national dialogue among all national forces.

The participants in the meeting which was held in Dama Rose Hotel in Damascus pointed out to the importance of speeding up enhancing the political and social circumstances to hold comprehensive national dialogue and dealing with all pending issues among various political sides.

They clarified that the political program constitutes a firm basis to get out of the crisis in Syria.

They called for agreement upon a roadmap that leads to halting violence by all sides as a priority for launching comprehensive national dialogue and forming a committee that includes all forces to communicate with opposition figures outside Syria who are interested in taking part in the national dialogue.

They asserted the necessity of dealing with the issue of the detainees and settling the issue before launching the comprehensive national dialogue.

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Preliminary Committee for Dialogue in Daraa Calls for Expelling Terrorists

Feb 10, 2013

DARAA, (SANA) – The preliminary committee for national dialogue in Ezraa area in Daraa province discussed ideas to resolve the current crisis, restore life to normal and reestablish security and stability.

During their meeting on Sunday, the committee members called for expelling terrorists from Daraa and delivering relief to affected people, in addition to providing guarantees to those who want to engage in national dialogue and provide information on abductees, detainees and missing people.

They also called for providing guarantees to the displaced who left Syria and want to return that they won’t be prosecuted, in addition to providing job opportunities for youths, developing religious discourse, improving cooperation between the armed forces and citizens to get rid of gunmen, rehabilitating damaged infrastructure, and putting an end to the crimes of armed terrorists.

Daraa Governor Mohammad Khaled al-Hanous reviewed the political program for resolving the crisis, affirming that reconciliation and dialogue constitute a moral and national mission that all citizens must participate in.

This committee is one of five committees on the level of administrative district in Daraa province. Its members include religious figures, dignitaries and official and civil personalities.

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Aleppo Governor Calls for Exerting Efforts to Help Displaced Families

Feb 10, 2013

ALEPPO,(SANA) - Aleppo Governor Mohammed Wahid Akkad stressed the necessity for pooling efforts and cooperating to provide the best services to the displaced families at the temporary residential centers due to the acts of terrorism by the armed terrorist groups.

During his meeting with representatives of non-governmental organizations working in the field of relief, the Governor pointed out that the aid of displaced people is the duty of all capable citizens, calling for organizing and activating relief work to help those families until they can return to their homes.

For his part, member of the executive bureau of the province’s council Abdul Ghani Kasab called for support from the Higher Relief Committee in light of the increasing number of the displaced families which surpassed 265 thousand in the city and countryside who are staying at 220 temporary residential centers.

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Iranian Ambassador in Damascus: Forces Conspiring Against Syria are Delusional

Feb 10, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Iranian Ambassador in Damascus, Mohammad Riza Shebani, said on Saturday that what is happening in the region is caused by arrogant, colonialist countries that seek to control the region’s resources, employing false excuses to remove obstacles between them and their nefarious goals.

On a speech on occasion of the 34th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Shebani said that Syria has been facing a major conspiracy and a proxy war for almost two years in which regional and international forces ganged up on Syria with media, funds and weapons in the hands of terrorists, killing thousands of innocent Syrians, vandalizing infrastructure and establishments, and inciting sectarian clashes that spread hatred.

He said that these forces are employing double standards against Syria, implementing a scenario that had been planned for years with the goal of eliminating the resistance by weakening one of its most important cornerstones which is Syria.

Shebani affirmed that these forces are delusional, and that the resistance has been tested before and emerged victorious each time as it will in this instance, adding that the Israeli attack on a scientific research center in Jamraya in Damascus countryside is a sign of their hatred and failure.

The Ambassador stressed that Iran will continue to stand in the face of those who conspire against Syria and its people, and will continue to support the Syrian people until the crisis is over, reiterating Iran’s rejection of violence, foreign intervention, and those who abduct, murder and vandalize,

He added that Iran hosted a national dialogue forum in Tehran and supports the initiative launched by President al-Assad to resolve the crisis.

Shebani called upon all Syrians to remain aware, faithful, patient and unified, and to adopt transparent dialogue, stressing that ending bloodshed and preserving Syria’s security and resources is every Syrian’s responsibility as national interests are above anything else.

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Churkin: US Announcement on Non-involvement in Arming Opposition in Syria Does Not Absolve it of Full Responsibility

Feb 10, 2013

NEW YORK/ANKARA, (SANA) – Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin stressed that the US announcement about not arming the opposition in Syria does not absolve of full responsibility for what is taking place in the country or the practices of the armed opposition.

In an interview with Russia Today TV channel, Churkin said that the US has great influence on countries like Qatar which is a main source for supporting and supplying the armed opposition with weapons, adding that if Washington adopted a strict policy in this regard, it could be able to influence these countries which provide the Syrian opposition with weapons.

“It is possible that the US began to realize, before other western allies, that the events in Syria reached a critical juncture as the scenario of bringing down the Syrian leadership and achieving democracy in two years proved to be unrealistic and far from the real situation in the country,” Churkin said.

Russia’s Ambassador in Ankara: Moscow Hopes Patriot Missiles Will Not Be Used for Purposes Other than Protecting Turkey

Russia’s Ambassador in Ankara Vladimir Ivanovsky said that Moscow hopes that the Patriot missile systems deployed at the Syrian-Turkish borders will not be used for purposes other than protecting the Turkish territories.

In a statement on Sunday, Ivanovsky said that there are various scenarios circulated by media on the possibilities of using the Patriot missile systems, adding that the reasons for such possibilities arise from doubts by some observers.

He added that “We are not questioning Turkey’s right to take the appropriate measures to ensure its security, but at the same time any additional weapons in hotspots do not consolidate regional security, rather they heighten the tension.”

He noted that President Vladimir Putin, during his visit to Turkey in December 2012, stressed that capabilities are more important than intentions.

On the opinion of the Turkish society regarding the stance of Russia towards Syria and the deployment of Patriot missiles on the borders, Ivanovsky said that “it is inappropriate and difficult for me as Russia’s ambassador to comment on the social trends of the hosting country,” stressing that there is a wide range of opinions, the majority of which call for speeding up the solution to the crisis in Syria through peaceful means without foreign interference.

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Churkin: Russia will Block any Syrian Opposition Attempt to Send Delegates to the UN

Feb 09, 2013

UN/ MOSCOW (SANA)_Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin warned that any unilateral action by the Syrian opposition will harm the serious efforts for preparing for the political process.

Commenting on reports that the Doha Coalition intends to open offices in New York and Washington, the Russian diplomat said that ”Russia is willing to hold talks with the Syrian opposition in order to encourage dialogue,” but said Moscow will block any efforts by the opposition to send delegates to the UN.

ITAR-TASS quoted Churkin as saying that Russia objects talk about using these offices’ proximity to the UN headquarter to gain political influence, ”If such attempts emerge, we intend to block them,” he added.

Russian Foreign Ministry Stresses ME and North Africa Peoples’ Right to Decide their Destiny

The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa can and should decide their own destiny independently without foreign intervention, and address their internal issues according to law and through an encompassing national dialogue, which fully and particularly applies to Syria.

In a statement on Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said ”The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is visiting Algeria on February 11th to hold talks with the officials there that tackle the situation in the region.”

The statement indicated that Moscow highly values its multi-faceted relations with Algeria and is bent on pressing ahead with coordinating efforts for enhancing the central role of the UN and the Security Council, safeguarding peace and stability in the world, and solving regional conflicts through political and diplomatic means.

Grushko: Deployment of Patriot Missiles in Turkey Contradicts Logic of Seeking Solutions

Russia’s envoy to NATO, Alexander Grushko said that the deployment of Patriot missiles in Turkey by NATO at the request of the Turkish side contradicts the logic of seeking solutions to the crisis in Syria.

In statements in Brussels published in Moscow on Saturday, Grushko said ”the situation needs not a military muscle-flexing, but exerting vital efforts to launch a political process based on Geneva agreement to end violence, end combat operations and form a transitional body in Syria.”

Grushko said Moscow takes into consideration the statements of NATO leaders that the patriot systems are not designed for creating a’ no-fly zone’ or ‘humanitarian corridors’ and that the missile systems were set up in a way that cannot affect the Syrian airspace, hoping these pledges would be met.

Grushko said he believes the deployment of patriot missiles in Turkey is a step towards internationalizing the crisis in Syria.

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Iran’s Parliament Deputy Speaker: Turkey Responsible for Bloodshed in Syria 

Feb 09, 2013

TEHRAN, (SANA)– Deputy Speaker of the Iranian Shura Council, Hossein Sheikh al-Islam, stressed that Turkey is responsible for a lot of the bloodshed and destruction in Syria, adding that it has approached a wrong policy that led to bringing foreign interference in the region.

Sheikh al-Islam said in an interview with the Lebanese al-Manar TV on Saturday that “Iran supports the inter-Syrian dialogue away from foreign intervention in its domestic affairs.”

He clarified that some of the “Syrian opposition” sacrificed the interests of the Syrian people for their own interests, supporting terrorists with money and weapons.

“This opposition does not want stability for Syria, because whatever opposition takes money from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar it becomes a slave for these countries and an agent to foreign sides,” Sheikh al-Islam said.

He pointed out that the USA and Saudi Arabia reached a conviction that a military intervention is not possible in Syria as the crisis cannot be solved but through a political dialogue.

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More than 127 Syrian Refugees Return from Jordan Camps

Feb 09, 2013

AMMAN, (SANA) – More than 127 Syrian refugees returned from Jordan on Thursday to Syria after they have suffered from the bad living conditions in the camps.

Jordanian al-Dustour Newspaper reported Spokesperson of al-Zatari Camp, Inmar al-Hamoud, as saying that the number of Syrian refugees who voluntarily returned to Syria is 127.

In the same context, Jordanian al-Arab al-Yawm Newspaper reported a government official as saying that work is in progress to appoint security officers in the camps to avoid mistakes and unify efforts in one administration between the Jordanian side and the international relief bodies regarding the number of refugees.

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Iran’s Ambassador in Lebanon: Syria will overcome the Crisis

Feb 09, 2013

BEIRUT, (SANA) – Iran’s Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi stressed that dialogue and preventing foreign interference are the way to reach a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

During a speech in a festival in Baalbek on Saturday, Roknabadi expressed faith that Syria will overcome the conspiracy and will remain the main axis of resistance in the face of Israel.

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Participants in Tolerance for Syria Forum in Homs Affirm Importance of Dialogue

Feb 10, 2013

HOMS, (SANA) – The popular committee for national reconciliation in Homs organized a dialogue forum in Homs Grand Hotel on Sunday titled “Tolerance for Syria” with the participation of social, religious and political forces.

Homs Governor underlined the importance of such forums that unite Syrians to hold dialogue, pointing out that extremist Takfiri mentality wanted to make Homs a city of darkness but it’s people today are engaged in dialogue because they wanted their city to be a city of tolerance and coexistence.

In turn, Father Michel Nu’man  said that this forum is a meeting of amity and tolerance, stressing the need for unified work to emerge from the current crisis by settling the matters of abductees and detainees, adding that what is happening in Syria isn’t the Syrians’ doing because they’re a tolerant and peaceful people.

Participants affirmed that dialogue is a national duty, calling for cooperation to restore security and stability to Syria and planning the next stage of its history.

They called for facilitating the return of displaced people to their homes and releasing detainees who didn’t shed blood.

The forum was concluded by a closing statement containing 10 articles on ending the crisis, covering issues such as returning the displaced to their homes, releasing all abductees and combating abduction, and cooperating with local and international humanitarian relief agencies.

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Massive March in Sidney in Condemnation of Fierce Attack against Syria

Feb 10, 2013

SIDNEY , (SANA) – A massive march was held on Sunday in the Australian city of Sidney in condemnation of the fierce attack against Syria and the crimes of the armed terrorist groups which are supported by Arab and western countries.

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The participants waved the Syrian flag and placards condemning the fierce attack and the desperate attempts by the west and some Arab countries to weaken Syria.

The participants stressed their support to Syria and expressed their confidence in the failure of the conspiracy against it.

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They also expressed support to the political program to solve the crisis.

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Mansour: Some Arab Countries Establish Political, Diplomatic Relations with Israel

Feb 10, 2013

BEIRUT, (SANA)_Lebanese Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Adnan Mansour, said that the bets of some foreign sides on the fall of the “regime in Syria” reached a dead-end thanks to the steadfastness and cohesion of the Syrian people, state and army which changed the equation and confronted terrorism and foreign intervention which has become obvious to all through arming or funding terrorism in Syria.

In an interview with al-Manar TV on Sunday, the Mansour said that the foreign interference in Syria through arming, funding and smuggling terrorists has become exposed, stressing that dialogue is the only way out of the crisis in Syria.

He stressed that the Syrian government isn’t against reform.

Mansour pointed out that some Arab countries establish political, diplomatic, commercial and cultural relations with Israel as if it’s not an enemy, despite the fact that Arabs decided to boycott Israel.

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Mikdad: Bets of Sides That Interfered in Syrian Affairs Reached a Dead-end, So They Reverted to Political Solutions

Feb 10, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Dr. Fayssal Mikdad said that any dialogue to resolve the crisis in Syria must be among Syrians, headed by Syria, and ultimately subject to the Syria people’s decision through referendum.

In an interview with al-Mayadin TV channel on Saturday, Mikdad said that all sides are invited to participate in national dialogue and that there are no preconditions for participation, but it’s very important that participants abandon weapons and come with goon intents.

He stressed that there isn’t a premade agenda or restrictions on any of the matters to be discussed in the preliminary stage and that all issues are specified by participants who should find dialogue mechanisms in order to reach a national charter that includes all elements that are agreed upon unanimously.

Mikdad pointed out that there are basic principles that everyone should believe in which are rejecting military intervention in Syria, preserving the unity of Syria’s land and people, adopting democratic principles in administration, and respecting human rights, laws and political and media pluralism.

The Deputy Foreign Minister said that the basic initiative for dialogue is the political program proposed by Syria with its three stages based on the UN charter, international law, non-interference in countries’ internal affairs, combating terrorism, and the Geneva statement.

Mikdad pointed out that President Bashar al-Assad is the elected president of Syria and that he’s entrusted with the unity of its land and people, which is why he should preside upon the resolution of the crisis and supervise it.

He said that the national dialogue and its results are up to those who will participate in it and is linked to what President al-Assad represents through his position and public gravitas, adding that any talk to the contrary by countries such as France and Britain or others isn’t up for debate at all.

Mikdad said that Syria isn’t embarrassed by any initiative; rather others are embarrassed, stressing that dialogue is open to all those who want to end the crisis and bloodshed so that Syrians can discuss issues.

He pointed out that the bets by some sides who interfere in Syria’s affairs have reached a dead-end, which is why they’re reverting to the political solution proposed by the Syrian government, noting that the Syrian government has always supported the political solution exclusively.

The Deputy Foreign Minister said that meetings and talks held here and there reflect positive changes on the Syrian arena, leading foreign sides – including countries that support terrorism – to become convinced with the political solution.

Mikdad underlined the need to list the current Turkish government on the list of entities that support terrorism due to its involvement in the terrorism taking place in Syria through supporting terrorists, arming them and helping them enter Syria.

He affirmed that there are sides that have become proficient in lying about what is happening in Syria and present figures about Syria which are full of inconsistencies, adding that the UN Is among these sides and urging UN officials to commit to its charter and not serve specific countries or sides at the expense of others.

Mikdad said that Syria’s real friends want to resolve the crisis in it through national dialogue among Syrians without any foreign interference, and that these friends are working to prevent other countries from creating a state of instability in Syria which would affect those around it and beyond.

The Deputy Foreign Minister said that western countries and their allies gave all they could to terrorists in Syria and held meetings to destroy it and return it to the colonialist era, but they failed and now they’re talking about they’re failure and not about Syria’s interest and what Syrians want, stressing that if these sides actually want Syria’s interests, then they must cease the support they provide to armed terrorist groups and view terrorism in Syria similarly to how they view it in Mali.

Mikdad concluded by hoping that the US administration’s policy will be removed from the advice given by former US officials to provide weapons to the opposition, and that the new State Secretary John Kerry will change the destructive Middle East policy because the world can only be preserved through security and peace and restoring stability to Syria, which is an important country in the Middle East.

H. Sabbagh

Churkin: US Announcement on Non-involvement in Arming Opposition in Syria Does Not Absolve it of Full Responsibility

Feb 10, 2013

NEW YORK/ANKARA, (SANA) – Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin stressed that the US announcement about not arming the opposition in Syria does not absolve of full responsibility for what is taking place in the country or the practices of the armed opposition.

In an interview with Russia Today TV channel, Churkin said that the US has great influence on countries like Qatar which is a main source for supporting and supplying the armed opposition with weapons, adding that if Washington adopted a strict policy in this regard, it could be able to influence these countries which provide the Syrian opposition with weapons.

“It is possible that the US began to realize, before other western allies, that the events in Syria reached a critical juncture as the scenario of bringing down the Syrian leadership and achieving democracy in two years proved to be unrealistic and far from the real situation in the country,” Churkin said.

Russia’s Ambassador in Ankara: Moscow Hopes Patriot Missiles Will Not Be Used for Purposes Other than Protecting Turkey

Russia’s Ambassador in Ankara Vladimir Ivanovsky said that Moscow hopes that the Patriot missile systems deployed at the Syrian-Turkish borders will not be used for purposes other than protecting the Turkish territories.

In a statement on Sunday, Ivanovsky said that there are various scenarios circulated by media on the possibilities of using the Patriot missile systems, adding that the reasons for such possibilities arise from doubts by some observers.

He added that “We are not questioning Turkey’s right to take the appropriate measures to ensure its security, but at the same time any additional weapons in hotspots do not consolidate regional security, rather they heighten the tension.”

He noted that President Vladimir Putin, during his visit to Turkey in December 2012, stressed that capabilities are more important than intentions.

On the opinion of the Turkish society regarding the stance of Russia towards Syria and the deployment of Patriot missiles on the borders, Ivanovsky said that “it is inappropriate and difficult for me as Russia’s ambassador to comment on the social trends of the hosting country,” stressing that there is a wide range of opinions, the majority of which call for speeding up the solution to the crisis in Syria through peaceful means without foreign interference.

English Bulletin

Mansour: Some Arab Countries Establish Political, Diplomatic Relations with Israel

Feb 10, 2013

BEIRUT, (SANA)_Lebanese Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Adnan Mansour, said that the bets of some foreign sides on the fall of the “regime in Syria” reached a dead-end thanks to the steadfastness and cohesion of the Syrian people, state and army which changed the equation and confronted terrorism and foreign intervention which has become obvious to all through arming or funding terrorism in Syria.

In an interview with al-Manar TV on Sunday, the Mansour said that the foreign interference in Syria through arming, funding and smuggling terrorists has become exposed, stressing that dialogue is the only way out of the crisis in Syria.

He stressed that the Syrian government isn’t against reform.

Mansour pointed out that some Arab countries establish political, diplomatic, commercial and cultural relations with Israel as if it’s not an enemy, despite the fact that Arabs decided to boycott Israel.

R. Raslan/M.Ismael/ H. Sabbagh

Iranian Ambassador in Damascus: Forces Conspiring Against Syria are Delusional

Feb 10, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Iranian Ambassador in Damascus, Mohammad Riza Shebani, said on Saturday that what is happening in the region is caused by arrogant, colonialist countries that seek to control the region’s resources, employing false excuses to remove obstacles between them and their nefarious goals.

On a speech on occasion of the 34th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Shebani said that Syria has been facing a major conspiracy and a proxy war for almost two years in which regional and international forces ganged up on Syria with media, funds and weapons in the hands of terrorists, killing thousands of innocent Syrians, vandalizing infrastructure and establishments, and inciting sectarian clashes that spread hatred.

He said that these forces are employing double standards against Syria, implementing a scenario that had been planned for years with the goal of eliminating the resistance by weakening one of its most important cornerstones which is Syria.

Shebani affirmed that these forces are delusional, and that the resistance has been tested before and emerged victorious each time as it will in this instance, adding that the Israeli attack on a scientific research center in Jamraya in Damascus countryside is a sign of their hatred and failure.

The Ambassador stressed that Iran will continue to stand in the face of those who conspire against Syria and its people, and will continue to support the Syrian people until the crisis is over, reiterating Iran’s rejection of violence, foreign intervention, and those who abduct, murder and vandalize,

He added that Iran hosted a national dialogue forum in Tehran and supports the initiative launched by President al-Assad to resolve the crisis.

Shebani called upon all Syrians to remain aware, faithful, patient and unified, and to adopt transparent dialogue, stressing that ending bloodshed and preserving Syria’s security and resources is every Syrian’s responsibility as national interests are above anything else.

H. Sabbagh

Number of Injured during Egypt’s Protests Rises 

Feb 09, 2013

CAIRO, (SANA) – Egyptian Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health in al-Ghabyea Province, Mohammad Sharshar , said that the number of the injured due to the events witnessed in the Province reached 165 people including 59 of police members.

In a statement to Middle East Agency, Sharshar clarified that injuries of Friday’s events centered in Kafar Zayyat where 65 people were injured, 35 in al-Mahalla, 65 in Tanta cities.

Egyptian Ministry of Interior said that 102 policemen were injured in Cairo, al-Gharbyea, Alexandria, al-Sharqyea and Kafar al-Sheikh during yesterday’s protests.

R. Milhem / Mazen

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