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Army units target terrorists’ dens in several provinces

The army units on Friday continued military operations against terrorists and their dens in several provinces, leaving scores of them dead and wounded, in addition to the destruction of the weapons and vehicles they were using in their attacks.

A military source told SANA that army units continued operations in Jobar and the areas surrounding it in eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside, destroying several tunnels with the terrorists inside and establishing control over building blocks.

The army units continue to pound terrorists’ dens in the area, the source added.

Army units continued operations against terrorist organizations in Jobar, eastern Ghouta and Zabadani in Damascus countryside, killing terrorists and mercenaries, among them non-Syrians, and destroying weapons and ammunition.

SANA field reporter said army units continued operations in Jobar that started yesterday, advancing from the north and Zamalka bridge towards the south, establishing control over several building blocks and killing scores of terrorists, among them non-Syrians, in al-Asmai and al-Emadiah street, and near Huzaifa Mosque.

Among the killed terrorists are Mojahed al-Tarayra, a Jordanian, Mashari al-Affasi, a Saudi, and Al-Hbib Bouz Ouk from Tunisia.

The units also destroyed an arms cache to the south of the Islamic Bank.

Meanwhile, a series of operations were carried out in Ein Tarma valley, Jissrin, Hutaitet al-Heresh, and Zabdin deep into eastern Ghouta, which resulted in killing several terrorists, among them Imad Taijoun, and destroying their weaponry.

In Damascus western countryside, an army unit carried out an accurate operation in al-Mahatta neighborhood in Zabadani, destroying a vehicle laden with a heavy machinegun and killing the terrorist Ahmad al-Moghrabi, leader of the so-called “Special Missions Squad “in the Islamic Front organization.

Terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra were also killed, among them Rashid al-Rifai, a Lebanese, and Suhaib al-Abdan, a Saudi.

Terrorists were killed and others wounded in an army operation in Khan al-Shih farms in Damascus southwestern countryside.

An army unit killed many terrorists and destroyed two cars which they were using in the surrounding of Kherbet Ghazaleh village in the countryside of the southern province of Daraa, according to a military source.

SANA reporter quoted the source as saying that other army units repelled terrorists’ attacks on Um al-Mayazen town and Deir Dama in al-Lajat area in the countryside, killing many of them and injuring others.

The army also targeted a convoy of cars which the terrorists were using in al-Shumara town. The operation resulted in the destruction of a number of the cars, killing the terrorists who were aboard them.

Other cars which terrorists were using were destroyed in the areas of al-N’eima, Rusoum al-Mdawara and Rusoum al-Darjeh.

In the same context, units of the armed forces killed numbers of terrorists and wounded others in operations that took place in al-Hrak, on al- Yadouda-Atman road, in al-Saadi farms in Enkhil and on Khrab al-Shahem-al-Yadouda road in the countryside.

A military source told SANA that the army targeted a convoy of terrorists’ vehicles on the road to Kharab al-Shahim area, destroying a number of vehicles and eliminating the terrorists inside them.

The source added that the army clashed with terrorists in the areas of Daraa al-Balad, al-Gharyeh al -Sharqyeh and on the road between Maliha al-Atash in Daraa countryside, and that many terrorists were killed or injured in the process.

In the countryside of Homs, units of army repelled terrorists’ attacks on the villages of Mreimeen and Sheniyeh, leaving a number of the terrorists dead and wounded, in addition to destroying their weapons, a military source said.

Terrorist Ammar Mustafa Bakkour, leader of the so-called ‘Omar bin al-Khattab Battalion’, was identified among the dead, along with terrorists Mohannad Adnan Ibrahim, Ghaiath Zahr al-Saghir, Mohammed Ahmad al-Jazzar, Ahmad Tammam al-Sayyed Abdullah and Ahmad Ismael, the source told SANA reporter.

In the same context, army units targeted gatherings and dens of terrorists in the villages of Salam Sharqi, Arshouneh, Tal Dahab, Taldo, the land of al-Sheikh Ibrahim al-Hakim, and on al-Sekhneh-Palmyra road.

The operations resulted in the death of numbers of terrorists and the injury of others, in addition to destroying their weapons, the source confirmed.

Army units razed dens of terrorists, killing and wounding many, among them non-Syrians, and destroyed an armored vehicle and cars laden with heavy machineguns and an observation unit near Maaret al-Nou’man in Idleb.

A military source said that Army units targeted terrorist gatherings in the direction of Hasnouf near Sa’sa’a and al-Samadaniye al-Gharbiye and around al-Alam roundabout in Quneitra countryside, eliminating a number of terrorists and injuring others.

Army units eliminated a number of terrorist from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist organizations in the neighborhoods of al-Huwaiqa, al-Sina’a, al-Rasasa, and al-Rashidiye in Deir Ezzor city.

A source at the province told SANA’s correspondent that two of the dead terrorists were identified as Hamid al-Abboud and Ahmad al-Akidi.


Patriarch Yazigi inaugurates Shrine of St. John the Baptist in Wadi al-Nadar, Homs

Greek Orthodox Patriarch for Antioch and All the East John X Yazigi inaugurated Thursday the Shrine of St. John the Baptist in a church that carries the name of the Saint in Hebnamra town in Wadi al-Nadara area in Homs province.

A prayer was held at the church amid popular and religious participation and was led by Patriarch Yazigi, who has been on a visit to Wadi al-Nadara since August 9.

In a speech following the prayer, the Patriarch urged everybody to show “tolerance and amity” and to cling firmly to the homeland under the difficult circumstances Syria is now going through, expressing hope that security and peace will prevail in the country again.

“The Syrians are one loving and harmonious family, and so they will remain,” said Patriarch Yazigi.

For his part, Father Elie al-Lati, priest of the parish of Hebnamra town, which includes seven churches, noted that the Shrine of St. John the Baptist comprises a separate building over a total area of 630 m2.

The building, he said, includes sections to provide education to the residents of the town, sleeping rooms and a kindergarten.


SOURCE: SANA – 30/8/2014

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