Syrian Telecom: Drop in internet quality due to damage to cable between Alexandria and Tartous

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Damascus, SANA – Syrian Telecom announced on Tuesday that the optical cable connecting Alexandria with Tartous in the Egyptian regional waters has been damaged, causing a drop in internet speed.

General Director of Syrian Telecom BakrBakr told SANA’s reporter that the company is working on compensating the required internet capacity via another international line that had been expanded recently, and internet speed return to normal gradually within 10 days.

Bakr said that Egyptian side has started the maintenance operations with close observation from Syrian Telecom, apologizing to all its clients for this inconvenience.

Maya Dayoub / Hazem Sabbagh


Source  :  Syrian Arab News Agency

Armed groups violate de-escalation zone agreement in Homs northern countryside

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Homs, SANA – The armed groups violated on Tuesday the de-escalation zones agreement in the northern side of Homs city, firing shells at citizens’ houses in al-Ghasbeih village in Homs northern countryside.

SANA reporter said that the armed groups positioned in Homs northern countryside fired mortar and rocket shells on al-Ghasbeih village, one of them fell on the village’s school causing material damages.

Maya dayoub/Mazen


Source  :  Syrian Arab News Agency

New humanitarian aid convoy arrives at al-Bukamal city

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Deir Ezzor, SANA – Supervised by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), a new humanitarian aid convoy provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC), SARC, and the United Nations arrived at al-Bukamal city on Tuesday.

SARC said that the 15-lorry convoy was loaded with 3,000 food baskets, 3,000 flour sacs, 2,500 canned and packaged food baskets, 3,000 healthcare baskets, and other materials.

The Syrian government is committed to delivering aid to all people in every area, in addition to providing facilitation to enable the SARC to distribute aid to beneficiaries in coordination with the Red Cross and the United Nations.

Maya Dayoub / Hazem Sabbagh


Source  :  Syrian Arab News Agency

Russian MoD: 2303 Syrian towns and cities join US-Russian ceasefire agreement

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Syria latest news: Burj Azzawi joins US-Russian ceasefire agreement in Syria

Aleppo (Syria News) Syria latest news: Russian Ministry of Defense announced, on Saturday, that Burj Azzawi Village, in the province of Aleppo, has joined the US-Russian ceasefire agreement, which was made to de-escalate tension in southern Syria.

The ministry declared in a statement published by Russia Today News that the number of towns and cities that joined the ceasefire agreement in Syria have reached 2303.

The talks with the Syrian rebels and militants in the provinces of Aleppo, Hama, Homs, Damascus and Qunaitra continue to include other towns and cities to the ceasefire agreement, the statement added.

In addition, the ministry revealed that the reconciliation center at Khmeimim Air Base provided humanitarian aid for the village of Serbes in Aleppo Province, al-Khanaser Village in Lattakia Province and Hatla Village in Deir Ezzor.

Last July, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that United States, Russia and Jordan made an agreement to ceasefire in some areas of Syria after a meeting between President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin. The agreement came after months of negotiations between the three countries, with a main aim to allow Syrian rebels to focus on the Islamic State.

Furthermore, the agreement aimed at de-escalating the tension in southern Syria, ending hostilities, restoring stability and allowing free access of humanitarian aid in the country.


Source  :  Syrian News Media

SNHR: 613 barrel bombs dropped on Syria in November 2017

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(Syria News) The Syrian Network for Human Rights issued a report documenting the number of explosive barrels that were used by Assad forces in November 2017, which is considered one of the Syria war crimes against civilians.

According to the report, the barrels bombs that were dropped by the regime helicopters in November reached 613 barrels, mostly over Eastern Ghouta of Damascus, where 524 barrels were dropped.

In the second place came Deir Ezzor, where 51 barrels were dropped, then the countryside of Hama that with 32 barrels and Idlib with six barrels.

The network also reported that the Syrian regime continue bombing civilians with explosive barrels, despite seven round of the Russian, Turkish and Iranian-led Astana talks that were conducted between rebels and Syrian regime to establish four de-escalation zones in Eastern Ghouta, Idlib, northern Homs and some parts of Daraa and Qunaitra.

Furthermore, the network pointed out that the first prominent use of explosive barrels by the regime forces in Syria war took place in October 2012, against the people of Selqin City in the province of Idlib, while indicated that 99% of the victims were civilians, including a percentage of 12% as women and 35% as children.

The Syrian regime unacceptably breached the Security Council decree number 2139, and used barrel bombs in a systematic and widespread method, in a significant violation of Rome Statute, committing intended murder against civilians, the report added.

The network also declared in its report that the regime helicopters dropped more than 5931 barrel bombs from the beginning of 2017 to the end of November in the same year.


Source  :  Syria News Media

Islamic State reaches administrative borders of Idlib

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Idlib (Syria News) Latest news on Islamic State: The Islamic State group has reached the administrative borders of Idlib Province, after capturing several headquarters belonging to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the eastern countryside of Hama, Enab Baladi reported on Saturday.

The media outlet pointed out that the Islamic State has captured the villages of Hawayes, Ibn Hadib, Kal’at al-Hawayes, Hawayes Umm al-Jurn and al-Hawayes mount, after fierce battles against Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham militia; however, HTS did not issue any statement regarding the advance of the Islamic State.

The advance of the Islamic State came after capturing the villages of Abu Ajwa, Abu Haya, Rasm al-Ahmar, Rasm al-Karasy, Abu Khanadek and Anbaz, after other clashes with Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham last Thursday.

The Islamic State also tightened its grip on dozens of villages, including: Anik Bajera, Tawtah, Hajilah, Abu Hereej, Ebian and Abu Meraw, in addition to the towns of Abu Khanadek, al-Samiriya, al-Jadida, al-Wasita, al-Madabe’, Abu Kosour, al-Shalaw, Sorouj, Tulihan, Ma’saran, al-Jagafy, Tawal Dabagheen, Janat al-Sawarna and other villages near the borders of Idlib.

It is noteworthy that the Islamic State movements are coinciding with the attempts of Assad forces to advance into the area from Hama. The military operations are backed by intensive air raids carried out the Russian Aviation, especially on al-Rahjan area that suffered more than 30 air strikes.


Source  :  Syria News

22 persons’ status settled within local reconciliations in Hasaka

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Hasaka, SANA – 22 persons have had their legal status settled on Sunday after they turned themselves in to the authorities in the framework of the government’s policy of reinforcing reconciliations.

Hasaka Governor Jaez Musa said that resolving the status of wanted individuals and local reconciliations that are happening in a number of areas across Syria are great evidence of Syria’s care for its people, calling on all whom had been misled to return to the right path.

The governor also gave instructions to provide immediate aid to all the people covered by the settlement today.

Hasaka Police Commander Fayez Ghazi maintained that the police command is ready to receive anyone who wants to settle their status at any time.

Maya Dayoub / Hazem Sabbagh


 Source  :  Syrian Arab News Agency