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New aid convoy enters al-Moaddamiyeh and Madaya towns
1200 food packages distributed to Yarmouk Camp
18 February، 2016
1200 food packages were distributed on Wednesday to the locals of Yarmouk Camp neighborhood in southern Damascus who were displaced by ISIS terrorists and moved to the nearby towns of Yalda, Babila and Beit Sahm.
Ali Mustafa, the Director General of the General Authority for Palestine Arab Refugees (GAPAR) told SANA that the distribution was carried out by the GAPAR and the United Nations Relief and Worker Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) and under the auspices of the Syrian government and the Higher Relief Committee.
Mustafa affirmed that the delivery of food and medical aid to the displaced people of Yarmouk Camp will continue, noting that around 123782 food packages and 23780 health packages have been distributed to beneficiaries so far.
Residents of the terrorist-besieged neighborhood were forced to flee their homes after terrorists from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) entered the area with the help of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization in April 2015.
Sweida Relief Committee to allocate about 500 kg of flour monthly to support Bread for All project
In a relevant context, in support of the “Bread for All” project which is implemented by Greek Orthodox Church, Sweida Relief Committee approved allocating 450 kg of flour monthly in the southern province.
Sweida Governor Attef al-Naddaf stressed the necessity of setting a plan for estimating the actual need of aid to be offered to the displaced families in the Province for the upcoming two months.
Head of Sweida Region for Residential and Development Affairs Department, Raghida al-Ash’hab reviewed the services provided by the medical program implemented by the Department during the current month for the displaced families and those harmed by terrorism.
Sweida Relief Committee decided during its past meeting to distribute 5,000 food and medical baskets to the displaced families in the Province.
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Damascus Countryside distributes food aid to the locals in al-Tal city
18 February، 2016
Damascus Countryside governorate distributed food aid to the locals in al-Tal city within the framework of the Syrian government’s plan to distribute food packages to the needy in areas particularly the besieged ones by takfiri terrorist organizations.
Deputy Damascus Countryside Governor Rateb Adas said in a statement to SANA that the relief subcommittee sent on Thursday nine trucks loaded with various types of food, medical and relief aid to the locals in al-Tal.
The distributed aid included 4000 food packages, 4000 flour bags and 16000 canned food, he added.
Damascus Countryside Governorate in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) distributed earlier this month 7000 food and health packages to the locals.
Damascus Countryside Governorate continues distribution of aid to all needy families in implementation of the plans of the Syrian government to deliver aid to all areas.
Red Crescent: 115 lorries loaded with humanitarian aid entered 5 areas on Wednesday
18 February، 2016
The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) reaffirmed that it is continuing its role to deliver humanitarian aid to all areas across Syria.
The SARC said in a statement that in cooperation with the offices of the United Nations in Syria, the organization sent on Wednesday 115 lorries loaded with food and health supplies that entered Madaya, al-Zabadani and al-Moaddamiyeh towns in Damascus Countryside and Kefraya and al-Fouaa towns in Idleb.
65 of the total number of lorries were sent to Madaya and al-Zabadani and 32 lorries went to al-Moaddamiyeh, while the share of Kefraya and al-Fouaa was 18 lorries.
Aid delivery has been going on in various areas in the country, carried out by the SARC in cooperation with its partners operating in the humanitarian field, the statement said.
Earlier this month, more than 12000 food packages had their way into al-Moaddamiyeh town and al-Tal city in Damascus countryside, only two weeks after 88 lorries loaded with aid supplies entered Madaya, under a SARC-UN supervision.
In conjunction with aid delivery in Madaya, aid was also sent to Kefraya and al-Fouaa, the two towns which have been besieged for more than two years by the terrorists of the so-called “Jaish al-Fatah” organization that is backed by the Saudi and Turkish regimes.
Along with the aid, two mobile clinics were sent to Madaya, Kefraya and al-Fouaa and a SARC medical team provided services in the three areas, said the SARC statement.
“The organization seeks to reach the most vulnerable groups,” said the SARC head Abdul Rahman al-Attar, stressing that the SARC teams are ready to perform their role in delivering humanitarian aid to the affected groups in all Syrian areas.
170 volunteers participated in the aid delivery yesterday, al-Attar noted.
Last Thursday, the SARC branch in the eastern Deir Ezzor province started distribution of 37.5 out of 90 tons of food supplies that will successively reach Deir Ezzor city, which lives under ISIS siege.
The army restores security to Kensseba town and more areas in Lattakia, kills 74 ISIS terrorists in Deir Ezzor
18 February، 2016
Units of the army and armed forces, in cooperation with popular defense groups, on Thursday restored security and stability to Kenssaba town in the northern countryside of Lattakia, a military source told SANA.
Shalaf Citadel, Toubal Citadel, Ard al-Baiyadat, Rweiset al-Qashmar, Rweiset al-Kaniseh, Rweiset al-Shmeis and Points 844 and 722 in the same countryside also came under the army’s control.
Later, the army, in cooperation with popular defense groups, restored security and stability to al-Qamou mountain and Beir Binjarou village in Lattakia northern countryside.
Army units killed dozens of terrorists while others fled away leaving amounts of weapons and ammunitions behind.
The army also dismantled the landmines and explosive devices which terrorists were planted earlier in the area.
Terrorist organizations acknowledged on their pages on social media sites the death of the terrorist Abu Qatada al-Jazraw, a leader in “Jabhat al-Nusra”.
Earlier Wednesday, army units in cooperation with popular defense groups established control over the southern side of the citadel, Sheir al-Qaboa, al-Amouli Mountain and Point 422 and restored security and stability to the villages of Marj al-Zawiyeh near Kansaba and the villages of al-Aidou and al-Qastal.
Field sources told SANA that units of the army clashed with terrorists who had infiltrated to Tal Qrein in al-Sanameen town, killing the majority of them.
Earlier, an army unit targeted hideouts and sites for terrorist organizations in intensive operations in Daraa al-Balad area in Daraa city.
The army’s operations, which were focused in al-Bajabjeh and al-Manshiyeh neighborhoods among other areas, resulted in destroying positions, vehicles, a mortar launcher and a machine gun site for the terrorists.
Army units restored stability and security to al-Makasir and al-Matahen area on the road to Mahsa al-Sharqi and al-Qaryatin in the southeast countryside of Homs.
Meanwhile, a unit of the army killed a number of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists and injured many others in Tir Ma’ala village to the north of Homs.
A unit of the army killed 20 terrorists who had tried to infiltrate from al-Qarqour region into one of the military points in al-Ghab plain in Hama countryside.
Army units restored stability and security to al-Sin village in the eastern countryside of Aleppo after eliminating the last ISIS’ gatherings in it.
Army units destroyed vehicles and fortifications for ISIS terrorists in Tal Arbash, 30 km east of Aleppo city, and in the villages of al-Qaroutiyeh, al-Zaalaneh and Treidem, 6km north of al-Sfeira city.
Another army unit targeted terrorists’ dens in Qabasin town, located north of al-Bab city, destroying many of their vehicles and weapons.
A number of terrorists were killed as their positions were hit by the army in al-Barqoum village, 27 km southwest of Aleppo city.
More sites for the terrorists were destroyed in army operations in al-Halak, al-Shqeif, Maaret al-Artiq and Yaqed al-Adas village on the northern and northwestern outskirts of Aleppo city.
Around 74 ISIS terrorists were killed during army operations against their gatherings in the eastern Deir Ezzor province carried out during the past 24 hours.
A source on the ground told SANA that an army unit killed 16 terrorists in al-Sinaa neighborhood in Deir Ezzor city, noting that most of those are foreigners.
Another army unit destroyed a vehicle transporting 13 terrorists at Ghassan Abboud roundabout in the city.
All six members of a terrorist group also were killed as their hideout was hit in al-Huweiqa neighborhood. The source confirmed that the group’s leader, who is Chechen, was among the dead.
The army units operating at Deir Ezzor Military Airport killed 8 terrorists in the surroundings of the airport.
In the western countryside of Deir Ezzor province, a mortar was destroyed and 12 terrorists were killed in al-Hossan village.
To the east of Deir Ezzor city, an army unit killed 19 terrorists in al-Jafra village. All of those killed are Chechen and Jordanian, according to the source.
Four civilians killed in terrorist shelling attacks in Aleppo and Daraa
18 February، 2016
Three civilians were killed due to a terrorist mortar and rocket attack on Salah Eddin neighborhood in Aleppo city on Thursday.
The shells, which were fired from Bani Zaid neighborhood, injured three other civilians, a source at Aleppo Police Command confirmed.
In the same context, a civilian was killed in a terrorist mortar attack on Izraa city in the northwestern countryside of the southern Daraa province, according to a source at Daraa Governorate.
Two other civilians were reported injured by the shells, which were fired by terrorists positioned in Busr al-Harir town.
Syrian Democratic Forces: Russian Air Campaign Repels Turkey Invasion
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman said Turkey has so far avoided invading Syria because of Russia’s air campaign in the country.
The Turkish army will not invade Syrian soil while Russia’s aerial campaign against ISIL terrorists in the country is ongoing, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance of militias said Wednesday.
“They [Turkish troops] have not approached the border and do not dare to do so, as they would become targets for the Russian air force and the regime’s artillery should they enter Syrian territory,” Talal Salu told RIA Novosti.
Salu added that a US-led coalition of over 60 states would also be against such an invasion of northern Syria.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkish forces had shelled Kurdish People’s Protection Units positions in northern Syria as a retaliatory measure within the rules of engagement. The attacks have been ongoing since Sunday.
500 Terrorists Enter Syria via Turkey
TEHRAN (FNA)- At least 500 Takfiri terrorists crossed the Turkish border with Syria and are heading towards the Northern Syrian border town of Azaz in Aleppo province.
“At least 500 militants have crossed the Bab al-Salam border crossing on their way to the town of Azaz to help other terrorists in the face of the gains made by Kurdish forces in the Northern parts of the province,” Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, was quoted as saying by Lebanon Debate news website on Thursday.
The monitoring base also said on Wednesday that the crossing of terrorists was carried out under the supervision of the Turkish officials.
The Wednesday’s crossing was the second time a large group of militants have crossed the Turkish border and entered Syria in less than a week. On Sunday, 350 heavily armed terrorists entered Syrian territories via the Atme border crossing with Turkey.
A senior political analyst warned on Wednesday that Turkey will officially launch military invasion of Syria if the strategic town of Azaz in the Northern province of Aleppo is won back by the Syrian Kurds.
“If Kurdish forces succeed in retaking Azaz region, Turkey will officially enter the war on Syria,” Hassan Hassan told the Arabic-language al-Ray al-Youm news website.
“Azaz is an important town and has a complicated situation; therefore, Turkey will not allow Kurdish forces to take it,” he noted.
Arguing that Azaz is important to all sides in Syria, Hassan said, “The town is important to Iran and Russia since they seek to block the supply routes of the terrorists from Turkey to Aleppo. Kurdish forces want to link under-their-control regions to each other through Azaz. And the ISIL terrorist group which has seized control of the town since two years ago, attaches great importance to its continued grip.”
Earlier reports on Wednesday said the Turkish artillery have opened fire at the Kurdish fighters’ bases near the city of Azaz in Northern Aleppo.
The Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG), who have recently allied with the government, continued advancing in the Northern part of Aleppo province on Tuesday and seized back one more key village in the Southern side of the newly-liberated city of Tal Rifat.
The YPG forces alongside other Kurdish fighters, including the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), drove the militant groups back from the village of Kafr Naseh in a several-hour battle.
The Kurdish fighters are now engaged in a tough battle in some parts of Kafr Naseh to hunt the rest of the terrorists.
Scores of the militants have been killed or severely wounded in the battle in Tel Rifat region – that includes a strategic city and tens of villages – in the last several days.
The Kurdish fighters also are trying to persuade the militant groups to lay down their arms and turn in themselves to the YPG or SDF forces.
With the capture of Tal Rifat and its nearby lands and villages, including Kafr Naseh, the Kurdish fighters have approximately reached the ISIL-held territories in the Northeastern regions of Aleppo province.