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Al-Jaafari: “Syria has taken all measures to protect children”

New York – Syria’s permanent envoy to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said that since the beginning of the crisis in the country, Syria has taken all possible measures to protect children and issued many laws in this regards.

“The Syrian government issued a legislative decree on May 6th, 2013 for this purpose and took all possible means to avoid targeting the hospitals, schools and to overcome all forms of violence against Syrian children including sex violence and killing,” al-Jaafari said in a speech at a Security Council session titled “Children in the armed conflict.”

He added the terrorist organizations are training the children to carry weapons and feel hatred in the regions they have control on, after making a brainwash for them.

He added “We haven’t seen any tangible step by the UN to protect the children or to uncover the violations against the Syrian children at the hands of terrorists”


Various artistic, musical, and entertainment activities in Young Tourist Festival

Damascus – Activities of the second edition of the Young Tourist Festival, organized by Ministry of Tourism and al-Baath Vanguards Organization, kicked off at Damascus Citadel on Monday.

The first day of the festival witnessed the opening of an art exhibition for children, in addition to musical performances, artistic shows, and poetry recitals.

Tourism Minister Bishr Yaziji stressed the importance of nurturing the tourism culture of children and teaching them about the history and civilization of their country from an early age, saying that the Ministry has a strategy for transforming tourism promotion into a social culture and to become a part of every Syrian’s life.

He highlighted the need for reducing the negative impact of the current crisis on children as they constitute the future of Syria.

The participants took part in a tour to the Umayyad Mosque as part of the activities of the 4-day festival.


Vaccines for 7000 children delivered in Moadamiyet al-Sham in Damascus Countryside

Damascus – A shipment of vaccines for children has been delivered in Moadamiyet al-Sham suburb in Damascus Countryside.

Director of the Health Department of Damascus Countryside Abdullah al-Assali said in a statement to SANA that a specialized medical team also arrived in the suburb, in southwestern Damascus.

He noted that the vaccines are sufficient for 7000 under-five children.

The delivery of the vaccines was carried out by the Health Department, in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), according to al-Assali.

The vaccines include those listed within the Syrian National Vaccination Program as well as polio vaccines.

The delivery coincided with a national immunization campaign against polio, which kicked off on August 31 and ends later today.

Al-Assali pointed out that another medical team will arrive today in the eastern Ghouta, adding that vaccines for another 7000 children will be delivered in the area.

He confirmed that since early 2014, the Health Department has been able to cover all areas of Damascus Countryside province, including those which are difficult to reach due to the terrorists’ acts, with all children under five given the necessary vaccines.

In mid-August, the Health Ministry delivered 4000 doses of vaccines to Moadamiyet al-Sham which were given to children there. It also provided the medical center in the suburb with a 50 ton shipment of medical supplies in cooperation with the SARC and the WHO.


SOURCE: SANA Reports by Mazen / Rasha Raslan/Hazem Sabbagh / Haifa Said

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