Health Ministry sends medical shipment to Aleppo province
Damascus, Jan 2, 2014 (SANA) - Health Ministry announced that it sent a medical shipment to Aleppo province on Thursday to support the health services offered in the public hospitals to the citizens in Aleppo and restore the strategic stockpile of medicine and medical equipment at the health institution in Aleppo.
In a statement, Health Minister Saad al-Nayef said that the shipment consists of 3 trucks loaded with medicine that enable health institutions to continue offering medical duties to the citizens in Aleppo.
Al-Nayef pointed out that the Ministry during the last year sent 484 medical shipments to all provinces, including 18 to Aleppo, in a way to guarantee meeting the medical citizens' needs.
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At a press conference of Friday at the UN headquarters in New York, al-Jaafari said that Syria has been following this plan for over two years in cooperation with the UN, so any talk about Syrian government's non-cooperation is completely incorrect and untrue.
He said that some sides say that the Syrian government or the Syrian army are blockading some areas, and this is true as far as blockading some areas that contain armed terrorists who fight the government and challenge its authority, employing civilians as human shields, noting that due to concern over the safety of international humanitarian workers, they can't always enter certain hotspots, citing what happened with aid convoys for the World Food Program (WFP) which admitted to failing to enter al-Muadamiya area eight times.
Al-Jaafari noted that the Syrian government evacuated 3,000 families from the aforementioned al-Muadamiya area ten days ago under the protection of the Syrian army, adding that the Syrian government opened and equipped more than 1,000 schools to house Syrian families.
"Can UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valier Amos tell us what she did for the thousands of Syrian families that are now homeless and that fled their villages due to the criminal practices of armed groups there?" al-Jaafari asked.
He went on to assert that the Syrian government is doing the larger share of humanitarian work, something which Amos is well aware of, wondering why she attempts to deny this fact in her report to the Security Council.
Al-Jaafari said that Syria has related to the UN Secretary-General and the Security Council members the effects of the punitive unilateral economic sanctions, yet Amos still insists that she is unaware of any UN report on the negative effects of these sanctions, asserting that her claims are untrue as there are two annual resolutions issued each year on this issue.
He stressed that the UN is fully aware of the negative effects of unilateral action and should be against such actions, saying that this means that Amos's political and humanitarian knowledge is lacking a very important aspect.
Al-Jaafari said that the sanctions against Syria are compulsory and punitive actions taken by a number of countries and that is unacceptable, noting that the UN General Assembly will be discussing the US embargo on Cuba which is rejected each year by a majority of 187, wondering if all the talk about rejecting unilateral action is "mere ink on paper."
October 22, 2013
Damascus Demands War Reparations: “Countries Which Ruined Syria Must Compensate”: Syrian Deputy PM
Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil says countries that have participated in Syria’s crisis must compensate for the destruction they have brought to the Arab country.“We must not forget that Syria is a country rich in resources. Clearly, however, after all this destruction, its own resources are insufficient for reconstruction. Thus, one must mobilize private funds and additional resources, including form of compensation. It is natural that countries that have destroyed Syria must compensate,” Jamil said in an interview with the Russian TV channel Russia Today (RT) on Monday. The Syrian deputy prime minister pointed the finger at Turkey, accusing the country of looting Syria’s industrial hub, Aleppo.
He further noted that corrupt figures who subsequently became representatives of foreign-backed opposition groups will also have to pay for post-conflict reconstruction.
Jamil said that the issue of compensation by the states, which have played a role in the destruction of the Middle Eastern country, will be one of the priority themes at the upcoming Geneva II conference.
Belgium supplied weapons to the Syrian opposition and is thus partly responsible for the destruction of Syria
Photos: Belgian FN MAG machine gun. They are mounted on vehicles in service with the French army and exported to the Middle-East. - Guy Verhofstadt, former Belgian Prime Minister and leader of the European liberals, pleaded for a military intervention in Libya. The man has good relations with the weapons and oil industry and is actually pleading for a military intervention in Syria.
June 30, 2013
President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday issued law no. 11 for 2013 which adds a new article to the penal code to cover involving children in combat activities.
The new article stipulates for a penalty of a sentence of penal labor for 10-20 years and a fine of SYP 1-3 million to individuals who recruit a child under 18 for the purpose of involving them in combat activities or other related activities.
The sentence is extended to of penal labor for life if the recruitment results in a permanent disability to the child or of the child suffers sexual assault or is given narcotics or any mind-influencing substances, and the sentence is extended to the death penalty if the child dies.
The updated penal code punishes everyone who recruits a child under 18 for the purposes for involving them in combat activities, carrying and transporting weapons or equipment or ammunition, planting explosions, standing watch at checkpoints or carrying out surveillance or reconnaissance, acting as a distraction or human shield, or assisting or serving the perpetrators in any way or form.
The penal code now punishes those who force another person to have intercourse through violence or threats with a life sentence of penal labor, and the punishment becomes the death sentence if the crime is against someone under 15 and/or if the crime is carried out with the victim at gunpoint.
PM: Syria's Strategic Wheat Reserve Sufficient for Two Years
Jun 10, 2013
The activities of the extraordinary conference of the Syrian Doctors' Syndicate kicked off on Monday at the at Sheraton Hotel in Damascus on with the participation of Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi.
During the conference, al-Halqi said that the political leadership and the government give considerable attention to the health sector as health measures have improved and the numbers of hospitals, physicians and medical equipments have increased in the past few years.
He described the national economy as "balanced and completely meets the citizens' requirements," asserting that the government continues to offer health and educational services for free.
The Prime Minister affirmed that the economic sector is being targeted with the aim of undermining its competitive and structural capabilities on all levels, asserting that Syria's wheat production for 2013 will exceed 2.5 million tons and that Syria's strategic wheat reserves are sufficient for two years.
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Al-Halqi: Government Offers Aid and Free Basic Services to Citizens in Need
Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi said that the government is offering care, aid and free basic services to citizens in need under the current crisis.
Chairing a qualitative meeting of the Higher Committee for Relief, al-Halqi highlighted the financial and moral support that the government is offering citizens, expressing regret over the exploitation of the humanitarian conditions of the displaced Syrians by neighboring countries through international aid that goes to their coffers.
Al-Halqi called upon the Syrian families in the camps to ''cast away humility and hunger and return to the homeland,'' reiterating that the government's doors are open to all citizens.
''Syria's potential and resources are many and varied, and it has big reserve of basic materials, oil derivatives and medicine,'' al-Halqi said, adding that the government is working to rehabilitate what has been destroyed and to keep its basic services running across Syria.
He indicated that the government has decided to build 10 thousand residential units to host the affected families, which are to be redistributed to the families of state employees after the crisis ends.
Al-Halqi called upon the Committee to coordinate with international NGOs and activate the role of popular organizations, unions and the civil society to upgrade the committee's work and ensure its success.
Al-Halqi reiterated that Syria will emerge victorious from the crisis thanks to the faith of the Syrian people in implementing the political program, away from foreign meddling.
The committee's members expressed appreciation for the government's support, adding that the government is working under immense pressure and extraordinary circumstances, and continues to meet the needs of the displaced families and secure decent livelihood for citizens.
May 29, 2013
Under the auspices of President Bashar al-Assad, the Internal Security Forces' Day was marked as a commemoration of the parliament's guards and internal security members who were martyred by the French occupation in 1945.
Interior Minister, Lt. Gen. Mohammad al-Shaar said in a speech during a ceremony organized on the occasion that ''It is a great honor to represent President Bashar al-Assad here, and to convey to you his pride in the efforts of the internal security forces to preserve the homeland's security and stability.''
The minister recalled in his speech the heroism day on May 29, 1945 and the valor of the internal security members who refused to bow to the colonizer and take down the Syrian flag, falling martyrs by the gunfire of the French forces.
He added that this horrible crime was a desperate attempt by the French colonizer to emerge from the bottleneck as it was driven into a corner by the national resistance over more than 25 years, in an attempt to bring Syria to its knees.
Al-Shaar said that the global war waged on Syria that is led by major powers is ''yet another chapter of the colonialist conspiracy,'' reiterating that no one can undermine Syria's cultural, national, regional and international role.
Al-Shaar added that backing the terrorists with weapons and funds to commit heinous crimes and target every facet of the Syrians' lives will only sharpen the resolve of the Syrian people, who had had a taste of colonialism throughout history and ''refused to bow or cede one single right or grain of land.''
The interior minister lauded the sacrifices of the Syrian people, army and security forces against the armed terrorists on whom the noose is tightening under the strikes of the Syrian army, adding that the frenzied media campaign is a desperate attempt to lift their flagging morale.
Al-Shaar added that the Syrian-Syrian dialogue is the only way out of the crisis, which Syria is trying to achieve through the political program for solving the crisis for building the Syria that is a homeland of all ''except those who took up arms and had the blood of Syrians on their hands.''
Al-Shaar said that commemorating the May 29 anniversary celebrates martyrdom as a sublime value and ''the pride in the heritage that was passed down to us by the parliament's martyrs.''
He pointed out that the internal security forces stand side by side with the armed forces in combating terrorism for restoring security and stability, safeguarding liberties and enforcing law and order.
Assistant interior minister emphasized the sublime meanings of the occasion which embodies the homeland's freedom ''that is the most precious of all.''
Families of the May 29 martyrs, along with the families of martyrs who fell in the line of duty and a number of injured security members were honored in the ceremony.
Minister al-Shaar and senior police officers visited the Martyrs' Hall at the People's Assembly and met with Speaker of the Assembly, Mohammad al-Laham. The two sides elaborated on the heroism and sacrifices of the parliament's guards and internal security members who were martyred on May 29, 1945.
Health Minister Calls on International Organizations to Help in Rehabilitating Health Institutions in Syria
Health Minister, Dr. Saad al-Nayef discussed on Friday with Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan the efforts to meet the health needs of citizens amid the current situation in Syria.
Al-Nayef reviewed the damage caused to the health sector and its cadres due to the incessant attacks of the armed terrorist groups.
The minister invited Dr. Chan to visit Syria and get a close look at the health conditions and the services provided by hospitals and health centers to citizens despite the pressure, indicating that ''the health sector is under a methodical disinformation campaign waged by the countries hostile to Syria.''
The minister indicated that the ministry is focusing its care at the current stage on enhancing partnership with the civil sector and meeting health needs in society, pointing out that ''around 62 NGOs are backing the public sector'' in its humanitarian and relief work to deliver health services to those in need.
He urged the international organizations for ''more cooperation and financial and technical support to the health sector in Syria and help in rehabilitating the affected health institutions.''
For her part, Dr. Chan said the organization will continue to support the Syrian government to meet the health needs in all areas, expressing solidarity with the Syrian people.
Chan added that she saw first-hand the development of the health sector in Syria during an earlier visit, adding that the organization is fully committed to delivering all kinds of medical help to Syria via border crossings and in cooperation with the governmental bodies concerned.
The meeting comes on the sidelines of the WHO 66th session that started Monday and lasts until May 28, with the participation of 194 countries.
Foreign Ministry: Syria Reiterates its Right to Respond to any Breach of Sovereignty
May 21, 2013
Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Tuesday reiterated Syria's right to respond immediately to any breach of its sovereignty and the sanctity of its land, calling upon the UN Security Council to put an end to the Israeli violations.
The Ministry addressed two identical letters to the President of the Security Council and the UN Secretary General on the Syrian armed forces' destroying of an Israeli vehicle which entered from the occupied territories and crossed the cease-fire line.
The letters also referred to the incident of firing two rockets by the Israeli enemy from the occupied site of Tal al-Faras toward one of the Syrian sites in al-Zubaydiah village without causing casualties.
"Subsequent to our previous letters addressed to you on the Israeli violations against the Syrian sovereignty and its breach of the Disengagement Agreement, the latest of which was our letter on May 8, 2013, an Israeli vehicle breached the cease-fire line at 1:10 am on May 21, 2013 and headed toward Bir Ajam village that is located in the liberated area of the Golan," the letters read.
They added that the Syrian armed forces targeted the Israeli vehicle, noting that armed terrorist groups are present in Bir Ajam village, toward which the vehicle was heading.
The letters also mentioned that Israel fired two rockets from Tal al-Faras site in the occupied Syrian Golan toward Syria's territories.
"Those two incidents constitute a new violation of the UN Charter and the Disengagement Agreement and an aggression against the Syrian sovereignty," said the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry.
"The Syrian Arab Republic dealt with this violation in the framework of practicing the right to self-defense that is secured by the UN Charter," the Ministry added, noting that the Syrian government has already drawn the attention of the Security Council's President and the UN Secretary General to these Israeli violations and Israel's intervention in the Syrian internal affairs.
The Ministry went on saying that Israel's intervention has been evident through providing logistic support to the armed terrorist groups, including those operating in the Disengagement zone, and launching attacks on the Syrian territories, stressing that these Israeli practices constitute a violation of the UN Charter.
"While Syria places these facts before the Security Council, it once again reaffirms its right to immediately respond to any violation of its sovereignty and the sanctity of its land, and that lies within the framework of practicing its right to self-defense," the Ministry said.
It added that Syria "expects the Security Council to put an end to the Israeli violations that breach the UN Charter and the Disengagement Agreement."
Photos: Russian missile for the self-defense of Syria; Turkey's patriot missiles provided by Germany and the United States and American-Israeli Patriot missiles west of Jerusalem
PS. In May 1997, Israel and Turkey signed an agreement valued in excess of US$500 million for the establishment of a joint-venture between Israel's Rafael and Turkey's Turkish Aerospace Industries for the co-production of Popeye I and Popeye II missiles in Turkey. Popeye is the name of a family of air-to-surface missiles developed and in use by Israel, of which several types have been developed for Israeli and export users. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popeye_(missile)
Al-Halqi: Government Determined to Restore Splendor to Tourism Sector
Chairing a meeting of the Supreme Council of Tourism on Sunday, al-Halqi said that the government is determined to go ahead with the dialogue process through implementing the political program for solving the crisis, stressing that the solution will only by a Syrian one and on the Syrian land.
He added that the Syrians can solve their own problems away from interference and dictates.
Al-Halqi said the Syrian government is determined to restore splendor to the tourism sector through giving attention to the historical, popular and religious tourism despite the armed terrorist attacks targeting it.
Interview with Michael Chossudovsky, Director of the Center for Research on Globalization.
Aug 6, 2012 - Syrian security forces have clashed with foreign-sponsored insurgents in several areas of the northwestern city of Aleppo.
Meanwhile, the Syrian state TV said the army has arrested a group of Turkish and Saudi officers in Aleppo.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told the Turkish Cumhuriyet daily in an interview in early July that Turkey “has supplied all logistic support to the terrorists who have killed our people.”
Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil in Syria that began in March 2011.
On August 5, US senators John McCain, Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham said Washington should “directly and openly” provide assistance, including weapons, intelligence and training, to the insurgents in Syria.
On June 21, the New York Times reported that a group of CIA officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey and that the agents are helping the anti-Syria governments decide which gangs inside the Arab country will receive arms to fight the Syrian government.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Professor Michael Chossudovsky, Director of the Center for Research on Globalization, to further discuss the issue.
The following is a rough transcription of the interview.
Press TV: Thank you for joining us here on Press TV, professor. Aleppo has been declared by many as the turning point in the standoff between the Syrian government and the foreign-backed militants, and no doubt a lot is being siphoned from the West to give support to the armed opposition. What do you make of the strategic importance of Aleppo?
Chossudovsky: Well, I am not able to comment on what is going on, on the ground in Aleppo. It would appear that the government forces have the upper hand and what the western military alliance is now contemplating is outright military intervention with the possibility of using both naval as well as air force against Syria or at least deploying and threatening Syria. This is confirmed by the planned deployment of naval forces which would include both British as well as French warships. Now this situation is particularly disturbing because the Russians have also dispatched warships to the Syrian coastline.
Press TV: It is interesting to note that the head of the Iraqi Kurdistan region has admitted to providing support to Syrian rebels, while the head of the so-called Syrian National Council has visited the region to pledge support for the Free Syrian Army as well. How do you also interpret the added Kurdish factor with regards to Syria?
Chossudovsky: Well, the Kurdish factor with regards to Syria is very much connected to the role of Israel because we know that Israel is supportive of the regional Kurdistan government in northern Iraq. It is also supportive of the Kurdistan separatist movement in northern Syria. In fact there is indication that Israel is providing ... Kurds and I quote this is an article in an Israeli press “to breaking up Syria as a nation state.” Essentially it is the breakup of Syria. So these two dimensions of the Western supported opposition on the one hand, the NATO, US support for the Syrian National Council and on the other hand the Israeli support for the Kurds in northern Syria.
Press TV: Also, Turkey has been actively supporting the rebels to bring about regime change in Syria, and it has been propping up the Iraqi-Kurdistan's government to achieve that goal. Considering Turkey is grappling with a Kurdish terrorist group on its own soil, isn’t it playing a very dangerous game by supporting them in Syria?
Chossudovsky: well, I think that is in fact very contradictory on the part of Turkey. I see that Turkey’s role is much clearer with regards to its campaign in support of the Muslim Brotherhood in northern Syria, the position of supply route inside Turkey to the Free Syrian Army, the collaboration of Turkey directly with the Qatari and Saudi Arabians and recruiting mercenaries.
I think at this stage Turkey is more of a hub to the Free Syrian Army right on the border. And it is particularly relevant in relation to the campaign in Aleppo and Aleppo is very close to the Syria-Turkey border.
Press TV: What do you see as endgame being with regards to Syria? Do you think the west might have learned from Iraq, from Afghanistan even the way Libya is right now with the problem of armed people not giving up their arms and thus inhibiting any bringing of democracy into the country? Do you think the west might have learned from these examples?
Chossudovsky: Well, the West is not learning from any examples. The West is determined to destabilize the Syrian government and produce a regime change. It has gone to tremendous length to co-opt a large membership of the United Nations General Assembly into supporting the resolution.
Now this is a very sad day for the international community because those 133 member states that supported the resolution, they were subject to threat, armed twisting. Many of them are heavily indebted. Many of them are part of NATO countries. I do not think that decision, which was endorsed by 133 countries of the United Nations General Assembly, reflects even the sovereign countries. It was imposed by the Unites States through armed twisting threats, intimidation and ultimately these countries many of which are US former colonies or colonies of France and Britain, they supported this resolution.
Photo: Chemical weapons in Vietnam. An American helicopter sprays a 'democratic' defolation agent. Obama says on a hypocrite way to be 'very concerned about the safety of Syria's chemical weapons'...