Syrian Army frustrates the insurgents’ attempt to infiltrate to Syria

The reporter of Breaking News Network in Homs says that “ fierce clashes take place between Syrian Arab Army and armed groups of Free Army militia in al-Zera’a square and near of al-Dabaa ex of al-Qusair countryside and in Talbiseh and al-Rastan, as heavy blasts are heard in the neighborhoods of Old Homs, Jossieh and al-Hesen.
Our reporter says that “units of Syrian Army clash with armed men; tried to infiltrate from Lebanon to Syria through Talkaakh and al-Qusair, while other units have carried out raiding campaigns in al-Waer neighborhood, where they clashes with the armed men there, what resulted in the death and the injuries of number of them and arresting the leaders of the armed groups.
Our correspondent continues “the armed men in al-Waer have escaped to al-Enshaat and Baba Amro neighborhoods after dozens of their members got killed during the last 48 hours.

Source: Breaking News

Iran Confirms Assassination of Official by Terrorists in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian mission in Beirut on Thursday confirmed the assassination of Hassan Shateri, the head of the Iranian delegation in charge of developmental projects in Lebanon, by the terrorist groups in Syria.

The embassy said in a statement that Hassan Shateri was assassinated by terrorist groups in Syria while he was on his way back to Lebanon from the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Martyr Shateri who was in Aleppo to implement reconstruction and development projects in that city, was assassinated by Syrian terrorists while he was on his way to the Damascus airport to return to Lebanon, the Islamic republic news agency reported.

The Iranian development delegation headed by Martyr Shateri played a major role in reconstructing southern Lebanon after the Zionist regime’s 33-day war against the country in 2006.

Martyr Shateri was highly respected by the Lebanese people and officials.

The Lebanese newspaper al-Safir reported on Thursday that martyr Shateri was in Aleppo to study some reconstruction projects in parts of the Syrian city.

A ceremony is to be held for martyr Shateri in Iran’s Embassy in Beirut later on Thursday.

Syrian Opposition: Qatar attempts to destroy the countries

The Opposition coordination committee has charged the Qatari regime by foiling the political solution for the Syrian crisis and supporting the military solution that will lead to collapse in the country”.
The chairman of the media office in the committee, that is considered one of the largest groups of the Syrian opposition, Munzer Khadam in an interview was published on the site of the committee on internet says that “Qatar does not want the political solution in Syrian and it knows that the military solution result in the chaos and the collapse in Syria that is why it support it”.
Khdam has declared that Qatar attempts to foil any political initiative either in the Arab league or in UN pointing out that Doha relations are turbulent more than any other country because of its attitude toward the Syrian crisis. Continue reading

German Journalist: West-led Armed Opposition in Syria will Fail

 

TEHRAN (FNA)- German journalist and magazine editor Manuel Ochsenreiter believes that the Western powers along with the regional countries are backing and financing terrorists and insurgents in Syria, because each of them have certain interests linked to the disintegration of the Syrian government and the removal from power of President Bashar Assad.

He also says that these countries are supporting such dangerous groups as Al-Qaeda to destabilize Syria and fight the Syrian army at the expense of the lives of innocent Syrian citizens whose only crime is supporting their government.

“These groups like Al-Qaeda, but also other armed militias that have infiltrated Syria during the course of the past year now fight the proxy war of the big powers. For Ankara, Riyadh, Washington or Doha it is much more convenient and also cheaper to use (or abuse) those insurgents instead of having a conventional war against Damascus. You have always a supply of men and arms. You just have to pay and to give support by means of intelligence, logistics and training,” said Ochsenreiter in an interview with Fars News Agency.

Manuel Ochsenreiter is the chief editor of the German monthly magazine ZUERST and contributes to other journals and magazines in Germany, as well. He spent a few weeks in Syria last year and dispatched special reports of the Battle of Damascus and other developments in the war-hit country.  Continue reading

A Christian community trapped and completely worn out in the north of Aleppo

About a thousand Christians among Greek-Orthodoxs and Roman Catholics are trapped in the small village of Yaakoubieh, all Christian, in the north of Aleppo. They are completely worn out, with no food, no electricity, lack of basic necessities, and find themselves in the midst of heavy fighting between loyalist forces and opposition groups. They are unable to leave the village and “are in terrible condition, where they risk extinction.” This is the alarm launched through Fides Agency by the Franciscan friar Fr. François Kouseiffi OFM cap, pastor of the church of San Francesco in Hamra (Beirut), who deals with the care and assistance of about 500 Syrian refugees. The refugees have reported to Fr. Kouseiffi the plight of the village of Yaakoubieh, and where many of their relatives are. Before the war there were about 3,000 Christians in the village between Armenians, Orthodoxs and Catholics, and now almost all have fled. In the village there are Franciscan nuns who, says the friar, share the fate of civilians. “The situation is very serious. The faithful are trapped. We are trying in every way to help them to come to Lebanon. In past days, some of our emissaries left to go there, but the journey is dangerous and, after more than a day’s journey by land, they reached Aleppo. The contacts with the remaining Christians are sporadic. They launched the alarm for their survival. They risk of dying in the general silence.”. The Syrian Christians are paying the price of the destabilization of the country and suffer like other Syrian citizens but, like other minorities, they are the most vulnerable groups. Out of the approximately four million Syrian refugees, the Syrian Christians are about 500 thousand, 25 thousand of which are in Lebanon. In past days, recalls Fr. Kouseiffi, “the wave of frost has made their condition even more difficult: we are in the middle of a humanitarian emergency. They talk about their drama, their hopes, and dreams of a better future for their country”. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 10/01/2013)

Source: News Vatican

Syrian rebels set to execute Ukrainian journalist

Screenshot from a YouTube video showing Anhar Kochneva in captivity

NGOs are urging Syrian rebels to release a Ukrainian journalist, Anhar Kochneva, who is set to be executed Thursday. Meanwhile the group behind the kidnapping warned it would now target all Russians, Ukrainians and Iranians on Syrian soil.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), ARTICLE 19, the International Press Institute and Reporters Without Borders issued a joint statement expressing deep concern about Kochneva’s life and urging the leadership of the Free Syrian Army and of the Syrian Opposition Coalition to ensure that the journalist is safe and set free.

The groups also called on the French, British and US governments, as well as the European Union to work with the Syrian opposition to facilitate her release.

Kochneva, who has reported critically about the Syrian rebels for Russian and Ukrainian news outlets, was captured in the beginning of October near the restive city of Homs. The kidnappers, allegedly members of the Free Syrian Army, threatened to kill her on December 13 if a US$ 50 million ransom is not paid. Continue reading

Syrian Air forces strike the militants in Damascus Countryside

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The Syrian Army forces continued their operations in Damascus countryside, after the communication and Internet broke yesterday after the Free Army insurgents bombed the Spatial  Internet line in Duma.

Military sources said to Breaking News that the fighter jets of Syrian Air force hit several positions for the insurgents on the orchards of al-Sheifounia in Duma.

The sources added that more than100 gunmen were killed in the airstrikes of the Syrian Air force.

In Daria, Breaking News Sources said that the Syrian Army artillery has bombed locations for the gunmen in the orchards of Daria city.

The units also raided on several dens in the neighborhoods of Daria.

The sources pointed out to Breaking News Network that the bodies of killed insurgents are all over the city.

The fighter jets of Syrian Air force also targeted several positions for the gunmen in the orchards, situated near Suhnaya.

The Special Forces of Syrian Army carried out very important operations in Beit Sahem, Aqraba, Zamalka, Erbin areas and the orchards of Harasta, what resulted in more than 40 deaths of the armed men.

Sources for Breaking News Network revealed that the Syrian Army forces carried out an operation against a gathering for the militants at Jaramana junction in al-Muleiha, causing the death of 50 gunmen. Continue reading

Bomb explosion rips through Press TV vehicles in Syria

File photo shows people gathered to look at the damage following a car bomb attack in the Syrian city of Aleppo

File photo shows people gathered to look at the damage following a car bomb attack in the Syrian city of Aleppo

A car bomb attack has ripped through six vehicles belonging to Press TV and al-Alam television networks in the Syrian capital Damascus, security sources report.

Syrian security guards said on Friday that the bomb explosion occurred near Press TV’s office in Damascus after a man was caught on camera sticking something to a car.

According to reports, he escaped the scene of the attack minutes before the blast.

However, the bomb attack did not cause any casualties.

On September 26, militants in Damascus attacked Press TV staff, killing the Iranian English-language news network’s correspondent Maya Naser, and injuring its Damascus Bureau Chief Hosein Mortada.

Syria has been the scene of unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have lost their lives in the turmoil.

The Syrian government says foreign-backed “terrorists” are responsible for the killings, and that certain Western states, especially the United States, and their regional allies are fueling the turmoil.$

Source: Press TV