Daily Newscast of Syrian TV, the state television, Monday 13 May 2013.
The Army Confronts Terrorists’ Attack, Inflicts Losses upon Gunmen
PROVINCES, SANA_ An army unit on Monday confronted an armed terrorist group was trying to attack a military checkpoint in Daraa countryside, leaving its members dead or wounded, a military source said.
The source said that units of our armed forces devastated terrorists’ dens in the villages of Saison, al-Shebraq, Jamleh, al-Nafe’a, Sahm al-Golan, al-Shajara, Koieh, in the province countryside, killing and wounding a number of terrorists.
Army Units Eliminate Terrorists in Aleppo and Its Countryside
Army units destroyed a number of terrorist hideouts along with terrorists, weapons and munitions inside them in the village of Ein Daqneh and near the Agricultural Research Center in the town of Mennegh in Aleppo countryside.
Other units eliminated a number of terrorists and injured others near the glass factory, al-Saif factory, the agriculture department and Tallet al-Madafe in al-Maslamiye area, destroying three mortar launcher and a missile launcher which terrorists had been using to attack nearby towns and villages.
Army units also eliminated terrorist gatherings near al-Wudaihi quarries in Khan Toman and near al-Daqqaq factory in Khan al-Asal area.
In Aleppo city, Army units clashed with terrorists near the health services center in Bustan al-Qaser, the schools area in Sheikh Maqsoud, and in the factories area in al-Layramoun, injuring and killing a number of them.
Heavy Losses Inflicted upon Terrorists in Idleb Countryside
An army unit confronted an armed terrorist group that tried to attack Abu al-Dohour Airport in Idleb, killing all its members.
A military source told SANA that an army unit killed another terrorist group and destroyed a mortar launcher in al-Taraa in Idleb Countryside.
The source added that army units confronted terrorist groups that attempted to attack a Youth Camp and brick factory in Idleb Countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.
A bulldozer rigged with seven tons of explosives was destroyed in the surrounding area of the Youth Camp as two machinegun-equipped vehicles also were destroyed.
In the town of Jidar Bakfalon, an Army unit eliminated terrorists from the so-called “Liwa’a al-Tawhid,” including their “spiritual leader” Ziyad al-Sayyed Issa, aka Abu al-Tuqa.
In the village of Oum Jerrin south of Abu al-Duhour airport, a number of terrorists were killed and others were injured and their equipment was destroyed.
Army Units Dismantle Several Explosive Devices in Idleb Countryside
A unit of the Armed Forces foiled terrorists’ attempt to detonate 10 explosive devices on Nahlia junction on al-Mastouma-Areha road in Idleb countryside.
An official source told SANA that the weight of the explosive devices ranged between 30-40Kgs and they were set to be detonated remotely.
The source added that another Army unit dismantled 3 explosive devices planted by terrorists on Idleb Sermin road, weighing between 25-70Kgs
Stability Restored to Damineh al-Gharbyeh in al-Qseir , Homs
Army units restored security and stability to al-Damineh al-Gharbyeh in al-Qseir countryside in Homs Province after destroying the remaining terrorists’ gatherings and hideouts in the town.
An official source told SANA reporter that tens of explosive devices of different weights were dismantled, as many hideouts were destroyed with all weapons and terrorists inside.
Earlier, army units restored stability and security to Ish al-Warwar and al-Haydaryeh towns in the northern countryside of al-Qseir.
The Army inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists near the towns of villages of Oum al-Sakhr, al-Andalos, Kisin, al-Hamidiye, al-Haydariye, al-Buwayda al-Sharqiye, al-Daba’a, and al-Ghanto in Homs countryside, destroying a number of heavy machineguns used by terrorists.
An Army unit eliminated terrorists who attempted to break into al-Rashed arm near Talbiseh, destroying their weapons and a bulldozer they were using.
In Homs city, Army units continued to pursue terrorist groups in the neighborhoods of al-Khalidiye, Wadi al-Sayeh and al-Qarabis, inflicting heavy losses upon them.
Jabhat al-Nusra Terrorists, Including non-Syrians, Killed in Lattakia Countryside
Army units destroyed a field hospital, terrorists’ gatherings and hideouts of Jabhat al-Nusra leaders in Salma, Beit Hleibyeh and al-Tuffahyeh villages in Lattakia countryside, killing all the terrorists inside and destroying their weapons and ammunition.
A military source told SANA that the bodies of the Libyan terrorist Jamal Abdul-Salam, the Saudi terrorist Omar al-Assiri and the Egyptian terrorist Ahmad Abdul-Wareth and Hamad Anas al-Habbal were identified among the dead.
Terrorist Killed while Planting Explosive Device in Hama
A Terrorist was killed while he was planting an explosive device near Abdul Rahman Bin Aouf Mosque in al-Qusour neighborhood in Hama.
An official source told SANA that the explosion resulted in the killing of the terrorist who was planting the explosive device, in addition to material damage in the site.
Army Destroys Explosive Device Workshop, Eliminates Scores of Terrorists in Damascus Countryside
The Syrian Army carried out a series of qualitative operations against the gatherings of the armed terrorist groups in Damascus Countryside.
An official source told SANA reporter that units of the army eliminated members of an armed terrorist group in Darayya.
The source added that a den of an armed terrorist group was razed in Douma city.
Units of the armed forces pursued an armed terrorist group in Yalda town and killed several terrorists, including a Jordanian terrorist.
Meanwhile, an explosive device workshop was destroyed in Jobar town.
In Hijira town, a number of terrorists , including a terrorist from Afghanistan, were killed.
Army Inflicts Major Losses on Terrorists in Jarba, Damascus Countryside
DAMASCUS, (SANA) – After restoring stability and security to al-Otaybah, Qayssa and al-Ghreifeh towns in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside, the Syrian Army continues pursuing the armed terrorist groups in Jarba town.
Limited clashes still erupt at the outskirts of the town after few days from the military operation launched by the Syrian Army to clear the town from the terrorists after regaining control over al-Abbadeh and al-Ghriefeh towns.
An official source told SANA reporter that a large number of terrorists were killed in Jarba town, while their weapons and ammunition which included RPG launchers, U.S. machineguns, Val sniper rifles, mortars and explosive devices were seized.
Al-Zoubi: Turkish Government is to Blame for al-Rihaniyeh Bombings
DAMASCUS, (SANA)- Information Minister, Omran al-Zoubi, stressed that the bombings which rocked al-Rihaniya city in Turkey are a terrorist act that is condemned by all moral, human and legal standards, offering condolences to the Turkish people for the martyrs and wishing recovery for the injured.
“Any accusation against Syria in any statement, where explicit or implicit, by any Turkish official is completely rejected,” said al-Zoubi addressing the Intellectual Political Symposium which kicked off Sunday at the al-Assad National Library in Damascus.
Minister al-Zoubi, said that the Turkish government led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to blame for the bombings in al-Rihaniyeh havign urned the border areas with Syria into “international terrorist concentrations,” and turned the Turkish civilians’ houses, farms and properties into centers and passages for terrorist groups.
He added that the Turkish government has been facilitating the delivery of weapons, explosive devices, car bombs, money and killers into Syria.
Al-Zoubi held Erdogan and the Turkish government directly responsible, both morally and politically, towards the peoples of Syria and Turkey, the region, and the whole world.
He stressed that what happened in al-Rihaniyeh is blamed on Erdogan and the Justice and Development Party, pointing out that Syria has nothing to do with this as it is not how it behaves.
“We have problems with Turkey since hundreds of years, yet Syria…has never acted this way or done such an act. It’s not because we can’t, but because the way we were raised and our morals, conduct and values don’t allow us to do such a thing,” he added.
The Minister reiterated that no one has the right in Turkey to issue arbitrary accusations against Syria, expressing deep sorry over the victims of the bombings in al-Rihaniyeh.
Al-Zoubi wondered how the Turkish Interior Minister has accused Syria of the bombings only then to say that he will prove his accusations when they reach evidence, pointing out that when the Turkish minister says he would reach evidence that means he wants to fabricate one.
Al-Zoubi said big questions need to be answered by the Justice and Development Party and Erdogan government, including what interest do [they] have in destroying Syria? Why going too far in killing and destruction? Why this timing for al-Rihaniyeh operation?
He continued asking “Why should the bombings in Turkey take place days before Erdogan’s meeting Obama?…Is it that [Erdogan] wants to show off and say he has enough power to intervene in Syria?… Does Erdogan want to foil the Russian-U.S. efforts to hold an international conference?” al-Zoubi asked.
Al-Zoubi commented on the statements made by the Turkish Foreign Minister yesterday in which he said “Turkey can defend itself” by saying “Against whom does it have to defend itself? Does it have to defend itself against terrorism and terrorists?, noting that the government of Erdogan should shoulder complete responsibility for what happened.
“It Turkey, the state and the people, want to defend themselves, they have to ask Erdogan and his government to step down because they are to blame for what happened,” the Information Minister added.
“I ask Erdogan to step down as a murderer and blood shedder and I say to him that that it’s not his right to brag out his glories at the expense of the blood of the Turks and the Syrians,” al-Zoubi added.
He highlighted the cooperation between the Israeli enemy and the Turkish government, despite the latter’s claim of supporting the Palestinian people, referring particularly to Turkish government allowing the Turkish Airlines company to sponsor the Israeli second international fair in occupied Jerusalem and the joint military exercises between Turkey and Israel, reminding that the Israeli enemy has not even apologized for the martyrs of Mavi Marmara.
He stressed that Israel has committed an aggression against Syria recently and raided military sites near Damascus and violated, through this aggression, the international commitments (Disengagement of Forces Agreement), adding that Israel has allowed terrorists to operate inside the demilitarized zone and to kidnap the UN observers.
“Accordingly, Syria has the right at this time and at any other time to deal with the Golan issue in the way the owner has the right to deal with his property, because the Golan is and has always been a Syrian Arab land,” said the Information Minister,” adding that “Israel must understand that it can’t take a promenade in the Syrian sky because the Syrian land and sky are not a promenade for anyone.”
He stressed that “The Syrian army and people know very well how to defend Syria,” noting that this talk is addressed to “all who think that the circumstances are convenient for them to tamper with the country.”
“Everybody should know that we are people who don’t forget to respond to an aggression against the aggressors, nor do we forget our martyrs and those who killed them,” said al-Zoubi.
He pointed out that the Syrian media is facing a real battle, along with all the state’s institutions, in terms of offering martyrs and having to confront great pressures by foreign parties to suppress its voice.
He noted that the Ministry of Information has allowed access to 300 media outlets, including American, French and British because “we believe that it they would convey at least part of the truth, that would be in Syria’s interest.”
Al-Zoubi indicated that Syria has conducted many investigations into lots of incidents which took place on the borders with Turkey and Jordan and come to know quite well who are the perpetrators and the accomplices.
Answering a question on how Syria’s future would be, he said reaching “the renewed Syria” is a national political, economic, social, human and cultural project to which all Syrians should contribute regardless of any differences among them.
Al-Zoubi added that this project cannot be launched without a comprehensive national dialogue that does not exclude anyone.
For his part, Head of the Journalists Union, Elias Murad, said the Syrian people can achieve renewal for themselves and their homeland through the package of decisions which have been issued in the framework of the political reform and the national dialogue project.
Antakya Residents Angry over Turkish Government’s support to Gunmen
ANTAKIA, (SANA)-Following the bloody bombings which hit al-Rihaniya in Turkey, residents of Antakya take to the streets everyday to express their rage and condemn Ankara support to the fighters of the Syrian opposition, shouting “we don’t want Jihadist killers in our city.”
“All what we want now from the Turkish government is to abandon it support to the gunmen,” AFP quoted Maher Mansouroglu, Spokesman of the Group Center for Hatay as saying.
The Group Center of Hatay brings together followers of Christians, Muslims, Left and the Nationalists.
“People here simply say they don’t want to see jihadists of long beards walk in our streets,” Mansouroglu added.
“Those mass demonstrations are natural outcome of the Government policy… each time a real opportunity comes for dialogue, this kind of event takes place,” an official in the Popular People’s Party, one of the opposition parties in Turkey said.
“Erdogan is satisfied with just observing while a heinous attack has caused big losses for Turkey,” one demonstrator said.
World Peace Council: Turkish Interference Policy Part of Imperialist Plots
PRAGUE, (SANA) – The World Peace Council stressed that it is clear that the Turkish political and military interference policies, particularly the deployment of NATO patriot missiles in the region, are in fact a part of imperialist plots aimed at destabilizing the region.
In a statement, the Council called on the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan not to exploit the bombings which rocked al-Rihaniya city as a pretext for a declared attack against Syria.
The Council pointed out that tragic bombings of al-Rihaniya reminds the world of the daily suffering of the Syrian people because of the terrorist attacks perpetrated by the armed groups which infiltrate into Syria from the neighboring countries, particularly al-Rihaniya city.
The Council stressed that the feelings of amity and peace are overwhelming the majority of the Turkish people, expressing solidarity with the ongoing demonstrations in more than 10 Turkish cities which are calling for peace and ending interference in Syria.
Al-Halqi: Syrian People Determined to Ensure Success of National Dialogue
DAMASCUS, (SANA) –The ministerial committee tasked with implementing the polticial program for resolving the crisis in Syria, chaired by Prime Minister Dr. Wael al-Halqi, held a meeting on Monday with members of the politburo of the Democratic Socialist Unionist Party, headed by the party’s Secretary-General Fadllalah Nasser-Eddin.
During the meeting, Premier al-Halqi said that the Syrian people have chosen their path and set their minds to ensuring the success of comprehensive national dialogue as it represents the only way out of the crisis, asserting that the Syrian people are determined to combat terrorism and restore security and stability to Syria.
Al-Halqi denounced the bombings which rocked al-Rihaniya city and targeted the friendly people of Turkey, stressing that ”agents affiliated to Erdogan’s government are behind such coward terrorist attacks,” especially that this government ” has become a source of instability and concern for the neighboring countries and the region,” due to ”its hostile policies and shuffling cards following the major defeats that the armed takfiri groups sustained at the hands of the Syrian army.”
Al-Halqi added that two options remain for the mercenary terrorist groups; either to return to where they came from, or be killed by the Syrian armed forces, indicating that the ”government’s doors are wide open to whoever wants to return to the right path.”
He lauded the resolve of the Syrian Arab army and people to overcome the conspiracy and pursue whoever takes up arms against the Syrian state, army and people.
Al-Halqi reiterated that the government is serious, honest and open to all political and social and opposition forces inside and outside Syria which believe in the national solution, indicating that the Syrian gunmen are becoming convinced that a major conspiracy at play in Syria.
Nasser-Eddin stressed his party’s support to the political program for solving the crisis announced by President Bashar al-Assad, hailing the government’s national stances and its exceptional competence manifested in getting the first stage of the political program successfully accomplished.
The members of the political bureau laid down their visions for overcoming the crisis and enhancing the national dialogue process, as dialogue is the sole way to emerge from the crisis, underlining the importance of upgrading administrative and institutional performance and addressing the issues of the kidnapped and the missing.
They also hailed the role of the Syrian army in combating the armed terrorist groups.
In a statement to journalists following the meeting, Nasser-Eddin called upon the Syrians to meet and organize the national dialogue as soon as possible, as it will lead to Syria’s victory over the crisis.
He added that the awareness of the Syrians and their national firm principles will help them build modern Syria.
Cuba Firmly Opposes Any Aggression on Syria
CAIRO, (SANA)_Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rogelio Sierra said Cuba firmly opposes any direct or indirect aggression on Syria.
Sierra, who is on a current visit to Cairo, expressed his country’s rejection of the political exploitation of the crisis in Syria, calling on the international community to abstain from interference in the Syrian domestic affairs and respect the Syrian people’s right to determine their own destiny.
He considered that the solution in Syria should be an internal and independent one, stressing that Syria is a sovereign state whose sovereignty should be respected.
Russia, Egypt, Iran Stress Necessity of Halting Violence in Syria
MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and his Egyptian counterpart, Mohammad Kamel Amro, stressed the necessity of halting violence in Syria and initiating dialogue between the government and the opposition based on Geneva Communiqué.
In a statement issued on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the two sides stressed during a phone call the importance of coordination among all opposition groups to prepare for dialogue with the Syrian government to reach a compromise in light of the Russian-U.S. accord related to holding an international conference on Syria.
In the same context, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said that Lavrov will meet U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council set to be held in Kiruna city, Sweden.
Ryabkov said in a statement that the meeting is a follow-up for the talks which were held between the two sides in Moscow last week.
The international community is witnessing intensive political activism on Syria after the Russian-U.S. rapprochement based on Geneva Communiqué and the call for dialogue between the government and the opposition to reach a political solution that ends the crisis and lets all Syrians participate in planning the future of their country without foreign interference.
Lavrov: Moscow will not Change Stance on Crucial Issues, will Fulfill its Promise to Syria on Air Defense
In a relevant context, Lavrov stressed that Russia will not change its stance on many crucial issues under the current circumstances, adding that there are no deals with the West.
In an interview with al-Mayadin TV on Monday, Lavrov said that Russia will fulfill its promises to Syria concerning the air defense systems.
He placed emphasis on the necessity of Iran’s participation in the upcoming Geneva meeting, adding that no agreement with the west has been reached yet in this regard.
The Russian Foreign Minister said that Moscow insists on the necessity of the participation of all sides which attended the Geneva conference held last year, in addition to Syria’s neighborhood countries and Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Concerning the representation of the Syrian opposition in the conference, Lavrov said that Moscow believes that the participation should be comprehensive for all opposition parties with the exception of the terrorist and extremist parties.
He reiterated Russia’s commitment to the agreements signed with Syria, particularly those related to the air defense, saying “We are not signing new contracts, but we are committed to the previous ones, particularly those related to the air defense.”
Russia, Iran Emphasize Importance of Ending Violence in Syria
The Russian President’s Special Envoy to the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov discussed with the Iranian Ambassador in Moscow Mohammad Reza Sajjadi the situation in the Middle East, especially Syria developments.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the two sides ”laid emphasis on the importance of ending violence in Syria and launching a speedy political settlement, with the participation of the Syrians and through broad dialogue.”
The two sides stressed the importance that dialogue leads to ”achieving national accord according to Geneva communiqué.”
Russian Foreign Ministry: Syria Appreciates Russia’s Call for Organizing Syria Conference
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that ”Syria had hailed Russia’s efforts for solving the crisis in Syria, especially amid plans to organize an international conference on Syria.”
The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday that ”the Russian president’s Middle East envoy, Mikhail Bogdanov received in Moscow on Monday the Syrian ambassador to Russia, Riad Haddad.”
The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that ”The Syrian ambassador expressed appreciation for the efforts exerted by the Russian side for a speedy settlement to the crisis in Syria, according to the action group’s statement issued in Geneva on June 30, 2012, and its call for organizing an international conference on Syria.”
Ki-Moon to visit Moscow between May 16th and 19th
The Ministry said that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will visit Moscow between May 16th and 19th.
“Ki-Moon’s talks in Moscow will deal with a number of international urgent issues including the Middle East and North Africa,” the Ministry said in a statement.
The UN Chief described the Syrian file as the most important one on the agenda of his talks in Russia.
Kremlin: It is early to talk about Putin’s Participation in the Conference on Syria
Spokesman for the Russian President Dmitry Peskov announced that the Kremlin has no detailed information about the international Conference on Syria and the talks about President Putin’s participation in it is early.
“Everything will depend on the framework of this forum and the level of the participants in lit,” Peskov added.
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ICRC : New Budget for ICRC Office in Syria to Be Highest in the World
DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) mission in Damascus, Magne Barth, said that the ICRC will officially announce on Monday an increase of the budget allocated for Syria, making it the biggest ICRC operation in the world in terms of budget.
During a meeting on Monday with Health Minister Dr. Saad al-Nayef, Barth said that the ICRC is very concerned with the humanitarian situation in Syria and will work to reach all affected people to provide all sorts of support and aid, including medical services.
He said that the ICRC and the Syrian government are in agreement on rejecting the targeting of health establishment, ambulances and medical staff by any sides, and that every injured or sick person has the right to receiving treatment.
Berth asserted that the ICRC is active on the grounds and has been so for two years, helping the Syrian government to deliver aid to affected families, adding that the ICRC will expand its work to reach more people and that it will work to distribute food baskets and drinking water, in addition to its cooperation with the health sector via the Health Ministry and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC).
For his part, Minister al-Nayef pointed out that the health sector in Syria is coherent and strong, and that it provides free medical services to everyone without discrimination, noting that the recent vaccination campaign provided vaccines for over 1.5 million children across Syria.
Al-Nayef said the Ministry needs support from international organizations in procuring specific medication and medical equipment due to the unjust economic sanctions imposed on Syria, adding that international aid provided to the health sector aren’t up to the required level, particularly in light of the constant terrorist attacks against the health sectors.
The ICRC has been active in Syria since 1967, and is currently cooperating with the SARC to distribute aid and provide medical services to families affected by the crisis.
Environmental Research Conference on Recycling Agricultural Waste Kicks Off
DAMASCUS, (SANA) – The 2nd environmental research conference on recycling agricultural waste and producing environment-friendly products kicked off on Monday at Damascus University auditorium.
The three-day conference will discuss methods of optimal use of waste resulting from agricultural production and industries.
At the conference, Environment Minister Dr. Nazira Serkis underlined her Ministry’s strategy for combating pollution and improving environmental conditions, noting that the Ministry seeks to expand cooperation with academic and research establishments to find solution for environmental issues and encourage research in this field.
She pointed out to the destruction and damage caused to the environment by the terrorists who came from abroad.
Serkis noted that Syria was a forerunner in joining international agreements on climate shifts, combating desertification, and preserving biodiversity, in addition to signing many agreements and memos of understanding in the field of protecting the environment.
In turn, Rector of Damascus University Dr. Mohammad Amer Mardini noted that the challenges facing environmental work in Syria require conducting research in the development, preservation and investment of environmental resources, all while taking balanced development into account.
He said that recycling agricultural waste will provide investment opportunities, create new jobs, produce useful materials and goods, and achieve optimal use of resources, adding that the conference serves as an opportunity to involve specialists in biology, physics, chemistry, medicine, biotechnology and industry in this process, in addition to investors.
For his part, Director of the Arab Center for the Study of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD) Dr. Rafiq Ali Saleh said that improper disposal of agricultural waste is a harmful practice which waste resources that could otherwise reduce production costs, increase soil fertility, and support feed resources if properly used, noting that ACSAD gives special attention to activities in this field.
The US: Geneva Conference on Syria Likely to be Held in Early June
WASHINGTON, (SANA) – U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki said that Geneva Conference on Syria, which could be held with the participation of representatives of the Syrian government and opposition, is likely to be held in early June.
Reuters reported Psaki as saying, “The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, said last week that the conference could be held by the end of May, but it looks like it will be delayed till early June… I don’t have accurate date at this point.”
An international conference on Syria was announced at a joint press conference of Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, during Kerry’s visit to Moscow and after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.