Syria in the Last 72 Hours

Five civilians killed, scores wounded in terrorist attacks on Aleppo, Damascus
24 August، 2015
Aleppo/Damascus, SANA

Two civilians were killed and two were injured on Monday in a terrorist rocket attack which targeted al-Khalediya neighborhood in Aleppo city.

A source at the Police Command told SANA’s correspondent that terrorists located in Bani Zeid neighborhood targeted al-Khalediya neighborhood with rocket shells, killing two civilians, injuring two more, and causing material damage to houses and properties.

The source added that the terrorist organizations targeted al-Nile street and Mogambo neighborhood with a number of shells, killing 3 persons and injuring 6 others.

A source at the University Hospital said that two people were admitted to the hospital’s ER with wounds of medium severity and received treatment.

On Sunday, nine civilians were injured in a terrorist rocket attack on al-Mogambo neighborhood in the city of Aleppo.

Meanwhile, 15 civilians were injured in a series of terrorist mortar attacks on neighborhoods in Damascus.

A source at the Police Command told SANA’s correspondent that one mortar shell landed near Sheikh Raslan Mosque in Bab Touma neighborhood, injuring 10 civilians who were rushed to the French Hospital.

The source added that three more shells landed in Baghdad Street, injuring three civilians, and another shell struck Sheikh Mehiddin Mosque in Rukn Eddin area, causing significant material damage to the mosque, while two more shells fell in Shamdin square and al-Jibbeh, causing material damage.

Seven more shells landed in Harasta suburb, causing material damage to cars and shop but no casualties.

Eleven persons were also injured in terrorist attacks with mortar shells in Jaramana, Damascus countryside.

A police source told SANA that terrorist organizations targeted Jaramana city with 6 shells, injuring 11 persons.

Later, the source said that the terrorists targeted al-Qusour neighborhood with mortar shells, injuring two civilians.

Terrorists fired scores of mortar and rocket shells on Damascus and its countryside on Sunday, killing two civilians and injuring 38.

Barry / Hazem Sabbagh/ Mazen

14 killed, scores injured in terrorist attacks on Damascus, its countryside, Aleppo, and Hama on Sunday
24 August، 2015
Provinces, SANA

14 citizens were killed and scores wounded on Sunday by takfiri terrorist organizations’s mortar shell attacks against residential neighborhoods in different major cities in different provinces of the country

Damascus Countryside – 12 civilians killed

12 civilians were killed and scores others were injured in terrorist attacks with mortar shells on Damascus Central Prison in Adra and al-Wafideen Camp neighborhood.

Five shells smashed into Damascus Central Prison in Adra area, killing 10 people and injuring 50 others, according to a Police Command source.

A medical source in the Police Hospital said that the dead bodies of 10 arrived at the hospital including seven women in addition to scores of wounded civilians, among them women and children.

Later, the source added that two of the injured died of their wounds.

The prison’s director, Brigadier-general Nabil al-Ghajari said in a statement that the terrorist organizations targeted the visitors break near the prison entrance with mortars at 10 am, a fixed and known time when citizens to visit their imprisoned relatives, noting that the prison was targeted several times by terrorist organizations.

Meanwhile, three mortar shells, the source added, landed in al-Wafidin Camp neighborhood which hosts thousands of citizens displaced from the Golan.

Three people were injured in the attack on the neighborhood, which also caused massive material damage to a number of houses and shops.

A medical source at the nearby Police Hospital said 6 women were among the dead.

Four civilians were injured when mortar shells fell on Harasta Highway and al-Wafideen Camp in Damascus Countryside.

A source in Damascus Countryside Police Command said that two shells fell in Jaramana city, injuring nine persons.

Another shell fell in Harasta residential suburb, causing property losses.

Takfiri terrorists under the leadership of the so-called Jaish al-Islam, al-Islam brigade and Fajr al-Umma brigade are active in the Eastern Ghouta and regularly target nearby areas and neighborhoods with shells.

Damascus – Two civilians killed

Meanwhile, two civilians were killed and scores were injured in terrorist attacks with mortar and rocket shells on Damascus Sunday.

A police source told SANA reporter that 16 shells fired by terrorists fell into some neighborhoods in Damascus which resulted in killing two civilians and injuring 12 others who rushed to hospitals for treatment.

The source added that the terrorist attacks caused fire to break out in a shop in the area surrounding Bab Touma square and inflicted material damage on a number of houses and cars.

22 civilians injured in Bab Touma

In the evening, 22 civilians were injured in terrorist attacks with mortar shells on the residential neighborhoods of Bab Touma and al-Qassa’a in Damascus on Sunday evening.

A source at Damascus Police Command told SANA that a mortar shell fired by terrorists fell on a microbus in Bab Touma historical neighborhood in Damascus Old City, injuring 18 civilians who were rushed to al-Faransi (The French) Hospital and three of them were in critical condition.

The source added that another mortar shell fell on a house in al-Qassa’a neighborhood, injuring four civilians, three of them are from the same family, in addition to causing a huge material damage in the house.

Aleppo

In Aleppo city, nine civilians were injured in a terrorist rocket attack on al-Mogambo neighborhood.

A source at the Aleppo Police Command told SANA that rockets fired by terrorists holed up in Bani Zeid neighborhood landed in al-Mogambo neighborhood, injuring a total of nine people; six of them near Al-Andalus Hospital and 3 near al-Mogambo roundabout.

The source added that the injured were rushed to the University Hospital for treatment, and that the attack caused damage to public and private property.

Hama

On a relevant note, a source at the Hama Police Command told SANA that terrorists detonated an IED on the road between Ethraya and al-Sabboura in al-Salamiye area in the southeast of Hama province, injuring two civilians.

The source added that the authorities also disabled two other IEDs planted by terrorists on the same road.

English Bulletin

ISIS blows up Baalshamin Temple in Palmyra
24 August، 2015
Palmyra, SANA

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria “ISIS” terrorist organization blew up Baalshamin Temple at the northern neighborhood of the ancient city of Palmyra.

ISIS imposes strict restrictions on locals of Palmyra since June 20th, and prevents them from leaving the city after cutting off all means of communications.

Director of the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) Maamoun Abdelkarim told SANA Sunday night that local sources told him that ISIS terrorists blew up Baalshamin Temple by a large amount of explosives they brought into the temple and detonated it.

The site dates back to the first century AD, and has survived numerous invaders and occupiers. It is seen as one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

DGAM is trying to contact locals of Palmyra to get information about the destruction of the Temple which dates back to 17 AD, Abdulkarim added, denouncing ISIS’ “systematic genocide war” and mass massacres against the locals.

“ISIS is bringing in archeological thieves to destroy antiquities by excavation of antiquities, looting and selling them”, Abdul karim said.

Later, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) condemned the demolition of Baalshamin Temple.

Head of the UNESCO Irina Bokova said in a statement on Monday that this act is a war crime and a tragic loss for both the Syrian people and for humanity as a whole, stressing that the perpetrators of this crime must be punished.

Bokova said that ISIS is murdering people and destroying sites, but it can never silence history and will eventually fail in its attempts to erase cultures from the world’s memory.

The destruction of the temple, which is considered the second most important monuments in Palmyra, raises concerns over the fate of other sites listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and comes only a few days after the murder by beheading of former Director of Archeology in Palmyra Khaled al-Assad at the hands of ISIS.

Barry / Hazem Sabbagh

The Army establishes control over Ajjan roundabout in Zabadani, kills terrorists, destroys their weaponry, vehicles in other areas
24 August، 2015
Provinces, SANA

The Army, backed by the Air force, killed on Monday scores of terrorists, destroyed their Vehicles, hideouts and dens in different provinces of the country.

Damascus countryside

An Army unit killed members of “Jaish al-Islam” in al-Hajjaria district and the area surrounding the Royal Hall in Douma city in Damascus Countryside.

The terrorists Mohamed Jamal al-Faour and Ahmad Subhi Adam were among the dead. A vehicle for terrorist was also destroyed.

The Army also destroyed an ammo cache in Samam and al-Ajami neighborhoods and near al-Thanwia rotary in Harasta, killing many terrorists, among them Mohamed Takla and Abdul-Sattar Kabouni.

The Army operations in Harasta revealed a tunnel extending from the town of Erbin towards the al-Ajami neighborhood in Harasta that were using for movement and storing weapons and ammunition.

An army unit killed many terrorists in Erbin and destroyed their vehicles with all the ammunition inside them in Ayn Tarma.

Another army unit targeted terrorists’ dens to the east of Maysaloun rotary and northeast of al-Takwa Mosque in Jobar neighborhood, inflicting heavy losses on terrorists.

Idleb – Six terrorists’s vehicles and supply routes destroyed

The army air force on Monday destroyed dens and supply routes of the so-called “Jaish al-Fatih” terrorist organization in the countryside of the northern Idleb province.

A military source told SANA that the army air force destroyed positions of the terrorist organizations in the town of al-Kafer and in the villages of al-Zyiadyia and Ein al-Hamra and in Jisr al-Shughour city.

The source added that the air force staged a series of strikes against dens and positions of Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations in the villages of Mhambel, Kansafra, Uram al-Jouz, and in Ariha city.

Six of the terrorists’ vehicles were completely destroyed in the strikes with all the ammunition and heavy machineguns inside them.

Meanwhile the army air force continued its operations against positions of the Takfiri terrorists, killing scores of them and injuring others and destroying a number of their machinegun-equipped vehicles in the town of Abu al-Dohour and in the villages of al-Tir’aa and al-Bwaider in the eastern countryside of the province.

The terrorist organizations also suffered heavy losses in the arms and personnel in operations carried out by units of the army against their dens and vehicles in Kafr Owaiyed in Ma’aret al-Nu’aman area.

Later, a military source told SANA that the Air Force destroyed terrorists’ hideouts in Ma’aret al-Nu’man, al-Hamidiye, al-Debshiye, Oum Jireen, Qarqour, Tal A’war, Josef, Safuhon, and Shaghourit in the province’s countryside.

The source also said that army units eliminated many terrorists in al-Hamidiye, al-Lujj, Tal Zajram, and Hmaimat.

Field sources told SANA reporter that an army unit monitored a convoy of terrorists’ vehicles that was moving from Idleb countryside towards the northern countryside of Hama and targeted it with concentrated strikes near al-Habit on the administrative borders between the two provinces.

The strikes resulted in the death of 14 terrorists. Mohamed Sofan, Wael Abu Ras and Mohamed Hanfora were among them,in addition to destroying 3 vehicles.

Aleppo

Units of the army and armed forces, backed by the army air force, on Monday carried out intensive operations against dens and positions of Jabhat al-Nusra and the ISIS terrorist organizations in the northern Aleppo province and its countryside.

The source added that a unit of the army carried out precise operations, killing scores of terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra, the so-called “ al-Jabha al-Shamyia” and “Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement”, killing scores of their members and destroying their arms and ammunition in the neighborhoods of Bostan al-Basha, Karm al-Jabal and Old Aleppo City.

In the southeastern countryside, a unit of the army carried out operations against dens and positions of the terrorist organizations in the villages of al-Sheikh Lutfi, al-Amiryia, al-Samiryia and Borj al-Rouman and to the east of al-Sfira city.

A number of terrorists’ vehicles were destroyed in the operations and a number of terrorists were killed and others were injured.

Meanwhile, the army air force staged a number of airstrikes against dens and positions of ISIS terrorists in the surroundings of the Air Force Academy and Kshesh Airport in the eastern countryside, destroying a number of the terrorists’ vehicles and killing scores of them.

On the other hand, the Takfiri terrorist organizations admitted on their pages on the social networking websites that a number of their members were killed.

Hama – 40 terrorists killed including a self-claimed group leader

Army units inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists in al-Hamidiyeh, al-Luj, Tal Zajram, Hmimat, Hisraia and the area surrounding Zaizoun station in Hama.

Earlier, the army air force destroyed dens and supply routes of the so-called “Jaish al-Fatih” and ISIS terrorist organization in the northern and eastern countryside of the central Hama province.

In the northwestern countryside, Army’s warplanes striked dens and positions of the terrorist organizations in the villages of al-Zaqoum and Qastoun and to the north of Qlaidin village.

The source added that a number of terrorists were killed in the strikes and their various machinegun-equipped vehicles were destroyed, in addition an amount of ammunition and arms that were in their possession.

The army air force also killed a number of terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra and killed others in al-Zakat, al-Latamna, and Kafr Zita in the northern countryside of the province.

Meanwhile, Army’s warplanes destroyed a store of ammunition belonging to the Takfiri terrorist organizations in Qsir Bin Wardan town, 60 km to the east of Hama City.

Field sources told SANA reporter that at least 40 terrorists were killed including terrorist Mustafa Hazza’a al-Sayyed, one of the self-claimed leaders of the so-called “Jaish al-Fatih” in the eastern part of al-Ghab plain.

On the other hand, the Takfiri terrorist organizations admitted on their pages on the social networking websites that many of their members were killed. Among theem, self-claimed leader of “Sham al-Uma Brigade” terrorist Hasan al-Barakat al-His nicknamed “Abu Hamid”

Homs

A Unit of border guards of Syrian Arab Army seized a shipment of heavy weapons “missiles” and ammunition, bounded to be smuggled from Lebanon to terrorist organizations in Syria through Ba’eyon village on the Syrian-Lebanese borders in Homs countryside.

Earlier, units of the army and armed forces, backed by the army air force, on Monday inflicted heavy losses upon Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS terrorist organizations in the eastern and northern countryside of the central Homs province.

In the northern countryside, the source said that units of the army carried out special operations, killing a number of terrorists most of them from Jabhat al-Nusra in the neighborhood of al-Slaiba in al-Rastan city, in addition to destroying two of their mortar launchers in the village of Housh al-Zabadi and in Tal al-Dabbour on the direction of Jabbourin village.

The source added that the army air force carried out a number of airstrikes against the positions and dens of the ISIS terrorists to the east of Jazal gas field and al-Wadihi village in the eastern countryside of the province.

Scores of ISIS terrorists were killed in the strikes and others were injured and a number of their machinegun-equipped vehicles were destroyed along with an amount of arms and ammunition that were in their possession.

Army units destroyed terrorists’ dens in Rahoum, Abu Hawadid, al-Za’farana and al-Sa’an al-Aswad in Homs countryside.

A unit of the Syrian Army’s border guards seized a shipment of missiles and ammunition that was primed to be smuggled from Lebanon to terrorist organizations in Syria in Ba’ioun village on the Syrian-Lebanese borders in Homs countryside.

Lattakia

In the coastal province of Lattakia, the army air force carried out airstrikes against dens and hotbeds of terrorist organizations in the northeastern countryside of the coastal Lattakia province.

The military source said that the air force destroyed dens and hotbeds of terrorist organizations in intensive strikes against their fortifications in Wajib al-Ahmar, Abu Risha, Kitf al-Ghadir, al-Mughira and Tartyah in the northeastern countryside of the province.

In Kansaba, the air force staged a number of airstrikes against dens and positions of the terrorists in the villages of Arafit and Akou, killing scores of them and injuring others.

Damascus countryside

Units of the Army and armed forces, in cooperation with the Lebanese resistance, establish control over al-Ajjan roundabout in the western neighborhood of al-Zabadani and kill tens of terrorists who tried to escape

Sweida

A unit of the army foiled an attempt by a number of ISIS terrorists to infiltrate from Tal and Kherbat Sa’adah into Tal Buthaina in Sweida north-eastern country, killing several terrorists and destroying their weapons.

The Army kills terrorists, destroys their dens in different areas
23 August، 2015
Provinces, SANA

Army’s Air Force raided a number of hideouts and dens of terrorist organizations in different areas throughout the country, killing scores of their members and destroying their dens.

Hama

The army air force on Sunday destroyed vehicles and positions of the so-called “Jaish al-Fatih” terrorist organization in the northwestern countryside of the central Hama province.

A military source told SANA that a number of terrorists were killed most of them from Jabhat al-Nusra and their machinegun-equipped vehicles were destroyed in a series of airstrikes carried out by the army on Sunday morning against their dens and hotbeds in the villages of al-inkawi, al-Tanjara, al-Sirmanyia and Tal Zajram, 79 km to the west of Hama province.

The source added that the warplanes destroyed a number of the Takfiri terrorists’ vehicles with all the arms and ammunition inside them in al-Latamna town in the northwestern countryside.

Meanwhile, field sources told SANA reporter that a unit of the army last night carried out a special operation against a den of a terrorist group in al-Latamna town, killing and injuring scores of its members. Among the killed was the self-claimed leader of the group terrorist Jamil al-Saleh.

Idleb

In neighboring province of Idleb, the army air force destroyed Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists’ hideouts and machineguns-equipped vehicles in the village of Frekah in the countryside of Jisr al-Shughour in Idleb Province.

The army air force destroyed terrorists’ gatherings as it carried out concentrated blows against them in the village of Ma’ratah in Ariha area, killing and injuring a number of terrorists and destroying their vehicles.

In the southeastern countryside of Idleb city, the source said that the army air force raided the terrorists’ gatherings to the north of Khashir and al-Teraa and Abu al-Duhour villages.

The army raids resulted in the killing and injuring a number of the so-called Jaish al-Fateh terrorists.

Meanwhile, field sources said that 50 terrorists were killed and injured, among them 5 self-claimed field leaders in addition to demolishing of an ammunition depot during the army concentrated operations against one of the terrorists’ hideouts in Maarat al-Nuaman city.

Aleppo

In the neighboring province of Aleppo, the army units targeted positions of terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra and other
organizations in several neighborhoods in Aleppo city.

Those included al-Naqarin, Karm al-Qasr, al-Rashidin, Bani Zaid, al-Sheikh Khodr, Bustan al-Basha, al-Sakhour, al-Lairamoun, Karm al-Qaterji and al-Sukkari and al-Na’nai Square.

To the north of Aleppo city, an army unit targeted hideouts and positions of terrorists in Handarat Camp and Tal shair village, killing and injuring a number of terrorists and destroying their weapons and ammunition.

In eastern Aleppo province, gatherings and movements of terrorists were targeted in the surroundings of al-Nairab airport.

The army also destroyed a number of ISIS’s vehicles, some equipped with machineguns, in the surroundings of Kweiris Airport in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.

Lattakia

More than 50 terrorists were killed in army air strikes against their hideouts and gatherings in the northeastern countryside of the coastal Lattakia province.

According to the military source, the army air force launched air strikes on terrorists’ positions in Ein al-Eido village and Salma town, about 48 km to the northeast of Lattakia city, leaving more than 50 terrorists dead and others injured.

Meanwhile, SANA reporter quoted a field source as saying that the terrorist Hamdah Ismael was identified among the dead.

Damascus Countryside

The army air force destroyed a store of ammunition, a rocket launcher and a 23mm cannon belonging to the Takfiri terrorist organizations in Erbin and Harasta in the Eastern Ghouta in Damascus Countryside.

Homs

The Syrian Arab Army’s Air Force carried out an airstrike on ISIS concentrations and movements in the city of al-Qaryatain at the outskirts of al-Badiye desert east of Homs city.

A military source told SANA that the airstrike resulted in destroying a number of vehicles along with the terrorists on board and their weapons.

Later, an army unit left all members of a terrorist group dead or injured between al-Qaryatain and Mahin village.

Another unit repelled an attack by a terrorist group on Oum Jame’a village in the province’s eastern countryside, leaving many terrorists dead or injured.

Daraa

An Army and Armed Forces unit targeted concentrations of terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra and “Al-Muthana Islamic Movement” terrorist groups in al-Karak neighborhood and the surroundings of the SyriaTel building in Daraa al-Balad.

A military source told SANA that this resulted in killing a number of terrorists and destroying their weapons and ammo.

Another army unit destroyed a vehicle transporting terrorists in al-Hamadin neighborhood in Daraa al-Mahatta, killing all the terrorists on board.

Sweida

An army unit eliminated many terrorists from ISIS in a series of concentrated strikes on their concentrations and vehicles at the wells complex of al-Rashida town in Sweida’s eastern countryside, destroying several of the terrorists’ machinegun-equipped vehicles.

The army targets supply routes and positions of terrorists in various areas
22 August، 2015
Provinces, SANA

The army and armed forces on Saturday carried out special operations against terrorist Takfiri organizations in different regions of the country, inflicting them heavy losses.

Damascus countryside

4,000 pills of the narcotic Captagon seized

Army units destroyed a mortar launcher and killed a number of terrorists in intensive strikes against their dens in Erbin, Douma and Harasta in eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside.

A total of 37 terrorists were confirmed dead in the operations.

In Zabadani city which is located in the northwestern countryside of Damascus, a number of “Ahrar al-Sham” terrorists were killed in operations launched by the Syrian army aided by the Lebanese resistance.

Scores of explosive devices and mines that terrorists planted in the area were dismantled.

On a relevant note, an army unit seized a car containing 4,000 pills of the narcotic Captagon (Fenethylline) which were being smuggled to terrorist organizations in al-Qalamoun area in Damascus Countryside and arrested the car’s driver.

Aleppo

Units of the army and armed forces continued to carry out strikes against dens and supply routes of the terrorist organizations in the northern Aleppo province.

A military source told SANA that units of the army last night and on Saturday morning killed a number of the Takfiri organizations’ members and destroyed their supply routes in bombardments carried out in Tal Musaibin village and al-Bab City in the northern and northeastern countryside of the province.

The source added that a number of terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra and other Takfiri organizations were killed and a number of varied types of their machinegun-equipped vehicles were destroyed in operations carried out by the army against their dens in al-Mansoura village, 10 km to the west of Aleppo.

Meanwhile, units of the army destroyed a number of the ISIS dens and a number of their machinegun-equipped vehicles and killed scores of them in the surroundings of Kweiris Airport in special operations carried out in the eastern countryside of the province.

The army’s air force destroyed terrorists’ hideouts in Deir Hafer, Kweiris Sharqi and al-Jaberiyeh in the eastern countryside of the province.

Units of the army carried out special operations against hotbeds of Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations in the neighborhoods of al-Rashidin, al-Layramoun, al-Sakhour, Bani Zaid, Bostan al-Basha, al-Sheikh Khudir and Old Aleppo.

The terrorist Takfiri organizations admitted on their pages on the social networking websites that a number of their members were killed including terrorist, Abu Abdu Anjara, the commander of the so-called “al-Sham Legion.”

Idleb – Supply routes and movements of al-Nusra terrorists hit

The army’s air force carried out air strikes against gatherings of terrorists and their hideouts in the areas of Hmeimat, al-Houteh, al-Kababari, Tal Salmo, al-Majas, Talab and al-Tiraa and Abu al-Duhour in the countryside of the northern Idleb province.

The air strikes left a number of terrorists dead and several of their vehicles, some of which equipped with heavy machine guns, destroyed.

Terrorists’ positions were also targeted in army air strikes in al-Bara, al-Sermaniyeh and Ghaniyeh in the southwestern countryside of the province.

Supply routes and movements of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were hit in army air strikes in Qatroun and al-Janoudiyeh near the border with Turkey.

Field sources affirmed that the terrorist Mohammad al-Hassan, leader of the so-called “Tow 1 Crew” group was killed during the army operations, along with one of the leaders of “Martyrs of Al-Ghab Plain Brigade”.

Army units supported by the Air Force destroyed dens and vehicles of terrorists from the so-called Jaish al-Fateh in Idleb countryside.

The Army Air Force killed a number of terrorists and destroyed their vehicles during air strikes against their hideouts in Um Jrein , Mhambel, al-Mastoumeh, Tramleh and south of Rakaya Sajneh to the south of Idleb city.

Near the administrative border with Hama, the Army’s Air Force carried out air strikes against gatherings and movements of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Sfouhin, Qastoun, Freekeh, Marj al-Zohour, al-Kfier, Kansafra, Bsames and Jozeph, killing a number of terrorists and destroying their vehicles and munitions.

Hama

Army units destroyed terrorists’ hideouts in al-Amiqa, al-Qahira and al-Qarqour hill in the countryside of the central Hama province.

Homs

Army units carried out concentrated operations targeting hideouts and concentrations of ISIS terrorists in Palmyra city and the surroundings of Jazal oil field in the eastern countryside of Homs province.

Many terrorists were killed in the operations and their munitions were destroyed.

In Jeb al-Jarrah area, 73 km to the east of Homs city, an army unit killed a number of ISIS terrorists after targeting their positions in Um Sahrij village, destroying military equipment and munitions used by the terrorist organization in the process.

Another army unit thwarted an attack by a terrorist group coming from the direction of Rahoum village in the northern countryside towards Maksar al-Hosan, leaving most of the attacking terrorists dead or injured and destroying their weapons and munitions.

In the province’s northern countryside, an army unit targeted hideouts of terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups in the villages of Ein Hussein, Ein al-Dananir, Kisin, Tallet Hesso, and Talbiseh, leaving many terrorists dead, injuring others, and destroying their weapons and ammo.

Daraa

An army unit killed a number of terrorists and destroyed their weapons and ammunition as it targeted their hideouts to the south of al-Kark quarter in northwestern Daraa al-Balad neighborhood in the city of Daraa in the southern Daraa province.

Another army unit targeted terrorists’ hideouts and positions in the western part of Tafas town, leaving a number of them dead and their weapons and equipment destroyed.

Lattakia

The army inflicted heavy losses upon Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the northern countryside of the coastal province of Lattakia as it targeted their positions in various areas.

Many terrorists were killed by army air strikes in Salma, Ein al-Hour, al-Rab Mountain, Abu Risheh and Kitf al-Hariq, and the terrorists’ weapons and equipment were destroyed in the process.

Quneitra

A military source told SANA that an Army and Armed Forces unit targeted terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra with intensive gunfire volleys in al-Hamidiye village in Quneitra countryside, destroying one of their concentrations and assorted weapons and munitions that were in their possession.

ISIS attacks Mare’a town in Aleppo province with chemical weapons
22 August، 2015
Aleppo, SANA

Local sources from the town of Mare’a asserted that ISIS terrorists used shells containing chemical materials in their attacks on residential areas in the town on Saturday.

Activists on social media sites reported that a number of locals in Mare’a suffered from cases of asphyxiation after ISIS shelled the town with shells believed to contain toxic materials.

This isn’t the first time that ISIS employed chemical weapons, international investigators and technicians said in a report published by New York Times last Wednesday that ISIS used chemical weapons in two separate attacks on Tal Barrak and Hasaka.

A leaked CIA document published by WND.com in 2013 stated that terrorists in Syria affiliated with Al Qaeda possessed and manufactured sarin gas for the purpose of using it in attacks against civilians in Syria.

Hazem Sabbagh

Ancient Mar Elian Monastery in Homs bulldozed by ISIS
22 August، 2015
Homs, SANA

Terrorists from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have bulldozed Mar Elian Monastery on the western outskirts of al-Qaryatein city, 85 km from the central city of Homs.

According to local sources, terrorists used bulldozers to raze the 1,500-year-old monastery, leaving it completely flattened.

The monastery, which dates back to the 4th century AD, is deemed a center for interfaith dialogue in the heart of al-Qaryrtein city. It is also a key refuge for displaced people who fled terrorist organizations.

Father Phillip Barakat told SANA that ISIS crime is condemned by all faiths and human and divine laws, lamenting the destruction of the monastery that housed scores of displaced families.

Mar Elian is also the place where priest Jacques Mourad was abducted back in May. Mourad was known to help both Christians and Muslims and was preparing aid for the arrival of hundreds of refugees from Palmyra.

In a statement to SANA, director of the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) Ma’moun Abdelkarim said that the act of bulldozing Mar Elian Monastery by ISIS is a crime that seeks to wipe out pages from Syria’s history.

He said that bulldozing a religious site that had been standing unharmed since the 5th century AD shows how far ISIS has gone with its criminal acts, and that the fact that such an act occurred in the 21st century is unimaginable.

ISIS has already destroyed more than 90 % of Islamic shrines in the eastern and northeastern areas acting upon ideological motives stemming from their Takfiri mentality, Abdelkarim noted.

Besides those, he added, ISIS has destroyed tens of churches and Christian holy places in the eastern provinces of Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.

ISIS has a bleak track record of destroying and bombing out Muslim and Christian places of worship which it views as opposed to its religious beliefs. The fate of Mar Elian Monastery was previously visited on the Virgin Mary church in Hasaka, Muhammad bin Ali and Abu Bahaaeddin shrines in Palmyra and al-Rawi Tekkiye in Deir Ezzor.

Manal / Hazem Sabbagh/H. Said


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