Syria in the Last 24 Hours : Hundreds of Casualties Following Twin Bombings in Homs

Syria in the Last 72 Hours


Terrorist bombings in Homs require immediate and stern condemnation from Security Council
26 January، 2016
Damascus, SANA

Syrian army soldiers, members of security services and civilians inspect the site of two bomb explosions in the Syrian city of Homs, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on December 28, 2015

The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that the two terrorist bombing that took place in Homs city on Tuesday and other similar terrorist crimes require an immediate and stern condemnation from Security Council and taking deterrent actions against the states that support and fund terrorism.

In two identical letters sent to the UN Secretary-General and to the head of the Security Council, the Ministry said that terrorist organizations detonated a car bomb on Tuesday morning in al-Siteen Street in al-Zahra’a neighborhood in Homs, and that attack was followed by another attack by suicide bomber using an explosive belt, claiming the lives of 24 civilian and injuring more than 100 civilians, some of whom sustained severe injuries, in addition to damaging houses and infrastructures in the area.

The Ministry noted that these bombings were carried out at a time when the date for holding the Geneva 3 meeting, which seeks to push towards a political solution for the crisis in Syria, is approaching.

The letters pointed out that Syria had informed the Security Council and the Secretary-General of numerous terrorist bombings that targeted the very same neighborhood, but sadly none of these attacks and none of the hundreds of victims who were killed or injured in them were paid any attention by the Council and the Secretary-General.

The Ministry said that those two brutal bombings constitute a continuation of the barbaric and methodical terrorist acts committed by terrorist groups in Syria, groups that are supported by well-known regional and international states that employ terrorist to serve their personal political interests and irresponsible agendas, adding that these crimes also constitute a response to the political efforts to find a political solution by Syrians and to the success of national reconciliation efforts.

The letters also noted that the bombings are also an attempt to raise the morale of terrorist groups that are suffering repeated defeats at the hands of the Syrian Arab Army.

The Ministry said that the crimes and massacres committed by terrorist organizations like ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, Jaish al-Islam, al-Jabha al-Islamiya, Jaish al-Fateh, Ahrar al-Cham, and the “Free Army” wouldn’t have taken place without the constant arming, equipping, funding, and logistic support provided to terrorists by the governments of certain states.

The letters said that the Syrian government stresses that as per relevant Security Council resolutions and the principles of international law, such terrorist crimes require an immediate and stern condemnation from Security Council and taking deterrent actions against the states that support and fund terrorism whose destructive impact on peace and security isn’t limited to Syria but also affects the entire world.

The Ministry also stressed the need to cooperate and coordinate with the Syrian government in any effort for combating terrorism.

19 people killed, over 100 injured in twin bombings in Homs, death toll expected to rise
26 January، 2016
Homs, SANA
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19 people were killed and many others were injured in two terrorist attacks that hit al-Zahraa neighborhood in Homs city on Tuesday.

The first attack was caused by a car bomb that targeted a security checkpoint in the 60 Street, which was followed by a suicide explosive belt blast, according to Homs Governor Talal al-Barazi.

The two attacks claimed the lives of 19 people and injured over 100 others, al-Barazi confirmed in a statement to SANA, noting that the death toll might climb as some of the injured are in critical condition.

Al-Barazi pointed out that there are civilians and members of the checkpoint among the dead.

Meanwhile, SANA reporter mentioned that the two terrorist attacks caused massive material damage to the houses and infrastructure in the area.

Later, ISIS terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the attacks in al-Zahraa area.

The Cabinet condemned the two terrorist attacks, as Prime Minister Wael Halaqi said they aim at raising the terrorists’ morals especially after the victories achieved by the Syrian army over the terrorist organizations on different fronts.

On December 28, two similar terrorist attacks hit al-Zahraa neighborhood and claimed the lives of 19 civilians and left 43 others with severe injuries.


Army Command: Restoring security to al-Sheikh Miskeen dealt a major blow to terrorists
26 January، 2016
Damascus, SANA

The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces said restoring security and stability to al-Sheikh Miskeen city is a springboard for further combat operations.

Establishing control over the city, located in the northern countryside of Daraa province, just dealt a major blow to the terrorist organizations and their supporters, the General Command added in a statement.

The operation was backed up by the Syrian and Russian air forces and included a series of successes in which the army assumed control of several sites, most importantly Brigade 82 Camp and al-Hash hill, in addition to destroying centers for the terrorist organizations, according to the statement.

The importance of this achievement, it said, comes from the strategic location of al-Sheikh Miskeen city as it links Daraa city and the northern, eastern and western countryside of Daraa, in addition to the fact that it overlooks a number of strategic points and hills.

Controlling al-Sheikh Miskeen helps cut off the terrorists’ supply lines on several directions and enhances the security of the area surrounding the international highway between Damascus and Daraa, the Army Command pointed out.

This new achievement, it said, adds to the continued victories achieved by the Armed Forces in the countryside of Hama, Aleppo and Lattakia.

Chief of Staff visits al-Sheikh Miskeen city in Daraa
26 January، 2016
Daraa, SANA

Commissioned by President Bashar al-Assad, Chief of the General Staff of the Army and Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Ali Abdullah Ayoub inspected on Tuesday the Syrian Army units operating in al-Sheikh Miskeen city in Daraa over which the army established control.

Ayoub toured in the city, inspected the damage which terrorist organizations caused in it, and met the soldiers stationed in it, with the Chief of the General Staff affirming that this achievement forms an important step towards more victories in the southern region.

Ayoub was briefed by field commanders on the nature of the combat operations in the area and the plan which the army employed to restore stability and security to the city of al-Sheikh Miskeen, providing them with his directives to continue carrying out their tasks.

Earlier today, a military source announced that army units established full control over al-Sheikh Miskeen city, which is located in the northern countryside of Daraa province, after inflicting heavy losses in personnel and equipment upon the terrorist organizations that were active in it.


Army advances in Sheikh Miskeen
26 January، 2016


Army establishes full control over al-Sheikh Miskeen in Daraa and a village in Aleppo
26 January، 2016
Provinces, SANA

Units of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces established full control over al-Sheikh Miskeen town in the northern countryside of Daraa province.

A military source told SANA Tuesday that establishing control over the town came as a result of a wide-scale military operation conducted by the army, in cooperation with the supporting units, by the end of last December in al-Sheikh Miskeen area.

The army inflicted heavy losses upon the terrorist organizations in personnel and equipment, while the other terrorists fled away leaving their weapons and ammunition behind.

The army units killed a number of terrorists and destroyed the terrorist organizations’ last hotbeds and gatherings in the town, according to the source.

The engineering units of the army combed the town and dismantled the landmines and explosive devices planted by the terrorists in the area, the source added.

Earlier Monday, Army and Armed Forces units advanced on all directions in Sheikh Miskeen, inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists in ranks and equipment, as well as launched intensive operations against terrorists’ fortified positions and gatherings which led to establishing control over the road between Sheikh Miskeen and Ibta’a and the road leading to Nawa in Daraa countryside.

In the same context, army units targeted two terrorist groups in separate areas in al-Manshiyeh neighborhood in Daraa city, killing a number of their members and injuring others.

Another army unit destroyed a vehicle, killing all terrorists on board and destroying their arms and ammunition, in al-Abbassiyeh neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad in the city.

A number of hideouts and vehicles for terrorist organizations were destroyed in army operations in the southern part of Daraa city.

Army units destroyed a rocket launching pad for terrorists in the area between the towns of Rakhm and al-Karak in the northeastern countryside of Daraa province.

A fortified position for terrorists was destroyed northeast of Bosra square and a terrorist group was targeted south of Abu Sableh building in Daraa al-Mahatta in the city.

Aleppo

The army established control over Ein al-Hanash village in the eastern countryside of Aleppo after eliminating all gatherings of ISIS terrorists there to the last one, according to a field source.

The source explained to SANA that as a result of an intensive operation carried out in the past hours, an army unit was able to restore security to the village, which is located to the south of Katar and Tal Hattabat villages in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.

Military engineering units later combed the village and dismantled landmines and explosive devices left behind by ISIS terrorists.

Two cars loaded with munitions seized in Hama city
26 January، 2016
Hama, SANA

An army checkpoint seized two cars carrying munitions in Hama city, a military source told SANA on Tuesday.

The source added that the cars were loaded with 35 RPG rounds, 3000 PKC bullets, 3000 assault rifle bullets and amounts of grenades, pointing out that the ammunition was bound for the terrorist organizations.

The two drivers were arrested and referred to the authorities concerned for interrogation, the source noted.

On the 21st of January, the authorities concerned in Sweida foiled an operation to smuggle a large quantity of ammunition for medium and heavy weapons coming from the eastern countryside of the neighboring Daraa province and were bound for terrorist organizations in the Syrian Badiya (desert).