The Armed Forces Restore Security and Stability to al-Qseir City The armed forces on Wednesday restored security and stability to the whole city of al-Qseir in Homs countryside. An official source said that the army carried out qualitative and prompt operations to restore security and safety to the city after the killing of a big number of terrorists and the surrender of others. The army destroyed the terrorists' hideouts with all the weapons and ammunition inside them, and the tunnels and barricades where the terrorists were fortified. The source added that the armed forces dismantled dozens of explosive devices planted by terrorists in the citizens' houses and on the public roads to hinder the progress of the army. "However, the determination of the army to save the city from the armed terrorist groups led to those groups' full defeat and collapse," the source said. The source went on saying "Our armed forces are now continuing the process of looking for explosive devices and criminal tools which the terrorists left behind in al-Qseir city."
Syria: UNHRC Committee Insists on Exaggeration, Ignores Crucial Events Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Fayssal al-Hamwi, stressed that the UNHRC investigation committee on Syria still premeditates exaggerating results and ignores crucial events. Addressing the UNHRC session held Tuesday to discuss the situation in Syria, alHamwi denounced the delay in publishing the report of the investigation committee giving no time enough for delegations to study the report and send it to their countries. "In spite of our warnings against using sectarian expressions, basically rejected by the Syrian society, the committee used such terms and ignored in its conclusions and recommendations the causes of deteriorating the social and economic
situation, including the unjust unilateral sanctions imposed by some Arab and western countries on the Syrian people," al-Hamwi added. He pointed out that the committee ignored in its report the role of Qatar in the abduction of UNDOF personnel in the Golan which is being investigated by United Nations Under-Secretary-General HervĂŠ Ladsous after he received evidence about that. Concerning the situation in al-Quseir city, Al-Hamwi added that the report did not mention the hundreds of rockets and shells which were launched by the armed terrorist groups on Lebanon and the losses sustained by the Lebanese citizens and al-Quseir residents since these groups controlled the city two years ago. He noted that when member of the committee, Carla Del Ponte, confirmed that the armed groups in Syria used the poisonous Sarin gas, pressures were intensified on head of the committee to issue a statement refuting Ponte's conclusions.
Putin: Any Attempts at Using Force in Syria Are Doomed to Failure Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that the attempts to influence the situation in Syria through direct military intervention will yield no fruits and is doomed to failure, warning that these attempts would result in heavy humanitarian consequences. Speaking during a press conference following the end of the 31st RussiaEU Summit, which kicked off Tuesday in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, President Putin expressed his country's disappointment with the European Union's decision to lift the embargo on exporting arms to the "opposition" in Syria. "I won't hide that we were disappointed by this issue," he added. He reiterated that Russia's arms exports to Syria are being carried out on the basis of transparent contracts that are internationally recognized, noting that the contract on exporting S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria has not yet been implemented. "The S-300 systems are, really, one of the best air defense systems in the world, probably the best...It is a serious weapon," said Putin. "We do not want to disturb the balance in the region. The contract was signed several years ago. It has not yet been realized."
The Russian President pointed out that Russia and the European Union agreed to closely coordinate their efforts to address the urgent international issues. "We agreed to further coordinate the joint efforts to succeed in holding the Geneva conference on Syria as well as in the other urgent international issues," he said. He pointed out that both sides' agreement was arrived at within the framework of the UN and with an initiative from Britain for an international treaty on not sending arms to non-government formations. President Putin added that a document was adopted within the framework of the European Union that prohibits sending weapons to conflict areas in the world. He expressed his hope that no "man-eaters" would be among the representatives of the "Syrian opposition" to the conference on Syria due to be held in Geneva, referring to footages aired by some TV channels showing members of the "armed opposition" cutting out and eating internal organs of people they had killed. He added that the participation of "such types of people" in the international conference on Syria "would make it difficult to ensure the security of the Russian participants in the conference." President Putin said that absence of good will and a unified program on the part of the "armed opposition" in Syria, in addition to the inability to determine their representatives to the conference, are all issues that hinder the holding of the conference on Syria. He pointed out that Moscow and Brussels share the same stance on the need to hold the international conference on Syria 'Geneva 2', saying "this is what unites us with our European colleagues."
Lavrov: the appointment of international conference about Syria will be specified after the specification of the names of participators
Russian foreign minister announced that the appointment of international conference about Syria will be specified after the specification of the names of the participators.
Russia Rejects Deployment of Foreign Countries' Arms in Syria's Neighboring Countries Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, stressed his country's rejection of the deployment of foreign countries' weapons in the territories of Syria's neighboring countries, saying what is happening is injecting a dangerous region with foreign arms. "I remember that early this year such missiles were deployed in Turkey which are similar in their tactical and technical characteristics to the S300 missile systemsâ€ŚThere are also foreign fighter jets in air bases," said Lukashevich in a press conference in Moscow. "We expressed our position on that several times and it is that what is happening is a dangerous region being injected with foreign arms," he added. He clarified that the U.S. State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, earlier stressed that the deployment of the American F 16 fighter jets and Patriot missiles to Jordan aims to participate in joint military drills and noted that these weapons could stay in Jordan in case it requested that
Russian Foreign Ministry Expresses Concerns over Terrorists Attempts to Use Chemical Weapons in Syria and Iraq Russian Foreign Ministry Expressed concerns over the news published by Iraqi authorities over the possession of terrorists in Iraq equipment to produce chemical weapons and poisonous gases.
Russia Today website reported the Ministry as saying in a statement "the news coming from Baghdad confirms the need of caution over terrorists' attempts in both Syria and Iraq to use poisonous materials." The statement pointed out that the terrorist groups in Syria, particularly Jabaht al-Nusra, had pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda forming "Islamic State in Iraq and Syria." The Iraqi military intelligence arrested a terrorist cell specialized in manufacturing chemical compounds that produce sarin, mustard and nerve gases that they intended to use inside Iraq and in neighboring countries. The Iraqi defense ministry said that the 5-member terrorist cell has been under surveillance for three months. The Iraqi defense ministry spokesman, Mohammad al-Askary said during a press conference on Saturday that ''the terrorist cell attempted to target visitors with chemical weapons.''
US State Department: Washington Committed to Further Funding for Syrian Opposition The U.S. Department of State stressed that it is committed to further funding for the "armed opposition" groups and it has no intention to cut off money to them. Many Western intelligence reports, including from the US, admitted that the money which goes to the so-called "Syrian opposition" mostly ends up in the hands of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group with links to alQaeda. U.S. State Department Spokesperson, Jen Psaki, affirmed that has already provided the "opposition" with USD 123 million and is now
studying the most effective means to provide additional USD 127 million. She denied media reports on Washington withholding the provision of a sum of USD 55 million to the "Syrian opposition", stressing that the US is continuing support for the opposition. A lot of information has revealed the scale of the U.S. involvement in supporting the terrorist groups in Syria. The Washington Post highlighted in several articles the role of the CIA in directing the crisis in Syria in the interest of Washington and exchanging information with Saudi Arabia and Qatar- both Gulf states that have been providing the terrorists with weapons. On the possibility that the assistance to the "opposition" would be withheld in case it failed to participate in the international conference due on Syria in Geneva, Psaki said the U.S. State Secretary, John Kerry, is confident that the "opposition" will attend the conference. The "Doha Coalition" has set preconditions to participate in the international conference, which drew criticism from Moscow that considered the Coalition was putting obstacles in the path of holding the conference and finding a political solution to the crisis.
White House asserts that it needs more evidences about using Sarin Gas in Syria The White House asserted yesterday that it needed more evidences to prove officially of the using of Sarin Gas in Syria.
American Study: the most people of foreign terrorists who fight in Syria are Libyans An American study revealed that the most people of foreign terrorists who fight in Syria are Libyans.
Israeli Occupation Starts Two Fires in Occupied Syrian Golan The Israeli occupation authorities on Tuesday started two fires in Ein alTineh site and the slopes of al-Sheikh Mountain in the occupied Syrian Golan. Selectman of Ein el-Tineh Yousef al-Bassar that these fires aren't the first such acts, as the Israeli occupation started a large fire on Monday evening that spread from the slopes of al-Sheikh Mountain overlooking Majdal Shams to Ein al-Tineh, causing massive damage to farmlands and pastures before the locals managed to put it out. Al-Bassar said that fires started by the occupation authorities destroy lots of green spaces in the Golan and threaten the extinction of many types of animals and plants, in addition to polluting the air. The Israeli occupation authorities start dozens of fires every year in the occupied Syrian Golan as part of their policy of aggression against it and its people.
Patriarch Yazaji Calls for Finding Solution to Crisis in Syria Patriarch of Antioch and the entire East for Greek Orthodox Yohanna X Yazaji called for finding a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria through dialogue and understanding. "We hope to find a solution to the crisis in Syria through national dialogue, not through violence or any other language those
contracts with peace and amity," Yazaji said in a statement at Beirut Airport coming back from Turkey where he discussed efforts to release the two abducted bishops of Aleppo Yohana Ibrahim and Paul Yazaji. "We are in continuous contacts with all sides concerned to release the two bishops.. We discussed with the Turkish officials the situation in Syria and prevailing peace in it," Yazaji added. An armed terrorist group abducted the two bishops on April 22nd while they were on a human mission in Kafr Dael in Aleppo countryside.
Syrian, Tunisian Women Launch Women against Hatred and Terrorism Initiative Syrian and Tunisian women on Tuesday launched the "Women against Hatred and Terrorism" initiative at the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus. This initiative aims for drawing attention to violence against women, particularly Syrian women who were forced out of their homes due to the events in Syria and took refuge in camps in neighboring countries which exploit them and subject them to physical and psychological abuse. The Tunisian women who participated in the initiative are members of a Tunisian delegation currently visiting Syria, encompassing civil, popular, and religious and media figures and representatives of unions, in addition to parents of Tunisian youths misled into fighting in Syria. During the event, Grand Mufti of the Republic Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun said that there are sides who misled Tunisian youths and presented them with an incorrect image of what is happening in Syria, which caused them to be misled into fighting alongside armed terrorist groups. Hassoun cited an example of a disabled Tunisian youth who was brought to Syria where terrorists attempted to rig his wheelchair with
explosives to perform a terrorist bombing, but the youth's brother managed to prevent this and took him home. In turn, Patriarchal Deputy of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, Bishop Luca al-Khouri, said that Syrians always coexisted and will remain so, asserting that Syria is facing a war in which those who don't agree with the terrorists' horrendous and atrocious acts are singled out and marked for death. For his part, Tunisian Islamic scholar Abdelmajid al-Barari said that the suspicious "fatwas" that misled Tunisian youths to fight in Syria are unlike the true qualities of the Tunisian people, and that these fatwas are paid for by the enemies of Arabs and Muslims. Members of the Tunisian delegation voiced wishes for Syria to emerge victorious and safe from the conspiracy, apologizing to the Syrian delegation for what some of their countrymen did. In turn, relatives of martyrs and members of civil societies in Syria voiced appreciation for the misguided Tunisian youths' parents who came to Syria to try and make up for their sons' actions, asserting that the full responsibility for this situation is on those who exploited youths to do their dirty work.
Al-Halqi: Government is Mobilizing National Resources for Reconstruction Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi said that the government is mobilizing all national resources for the reconstruction and comprehensive development process after the crisis ends, and works to improve the millennium development goals indicators. Al-Halqi's comments came during his meeting on Monday with the Resident Coordinator of the UN activities in Syria, Adam Abdul-Mawla. The two sides discussed Syria's cooperation with international organizations in various humanitarian and development fields and means of expanding it.
Al-Halqi said that the government will continue to offer all necessary facilitations for delivering basic materials, especially food and medicine, to citizens in all areas, adding that it is working to provide big numbers of the temporary residential centers. He added that the government is ready to cooperate with all international organizations in various fields according to the principle of national sovereignty, hailing the efforts of NGOs in helping the displaced Syrians and providing them with food packages and medicine. Premier al-Halqi hailed the achievements of the Syrian armed forces and their defense of the homeland for restoring security and stability, indicating that the armed groups are working methodically to vandalize the development, service and economic sectors in service of US, Western and Israeli schemes. Abdul-Mawla said that the UNDP has accomplished the humanitarian response plan in Syria and plans were set for reconstruction and helping the Syrian people improve their living conditions in coordination with the government through creating job opportunities in several areas. He expressed appreciation for the Syrian government's efforts and facilitations for delivering aid to citizens, indicating that the UN work in Syria is restricted to delivering humanitarian aid.
Electricity Ministry, Iranian Company Sign Four Contracts Valued at EUR 40 Million The Electricity Ministry and the Iranian Engineering Company for Importing Electric and Petroleum Materials signed on Tuesday four contracts for supplying high-voltage capacity conductors and other equipment for power relay stations valued at EUR 40 million. In a statement to journalists, Electricity Minister Imad Khamis said these contracts are part of the ongoing cooperation between Syria and Iran, and that they aim at outfitting new power plants and restoring damaged relay stations, in addition to providing spare parts to guarantee that the electricity sector remains working at high efficiency.
He pointed out that after installing the new equipment procured through these contracts, the Ministry will link the new generator array to the power grid to provide more electricity across Syria. The contracts were signed by Director General of the Electric Power Establishment Nasouh Semsmiyeh and Director of Marketing at the Engineering Company for Importing Electric and Petroleum Materials Majid Shemis. Arab popular initiative to support Syria in its battle against the terrorism An Arab popular initiative was to support Syria in its battle against terrorism.
Levant Scholars' Union: Qaradawi's Takfiri Fatwas Contradict Islam, Prophet Teachings Levant Scholars' Union said that the takfiri fatwas of Yusuf alQaradawi, Chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), go against the teachings of Islamic Sharia law and Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be upon Him). In a statement released on Tuesday, the Union said that these fatwas affect the creditability of the IUMS as a representative of Muslim scholars from the Islamic nation. "The Islamic nation is urgently in need for those who could help stop the bloodshed among its people and find an exit from seditions," the statement said, calling for the nation's people to search for the factors of their strength and unity and point weapons to those who are violating and desecrating the sanctity of al-Aqsa Mosque.