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President Bashar al-Assad Visits Maaloula on Easter Day

President Bashar Assad, center right, looking at the damaged interior of a monastery in the ancient Christian town of Maaloula  April 20, 2014

President Bashar Assad, center right, looking at the damaged interior of a monastery in the ancient Christian town of Maaloula April 20, 2014

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited the liberated town of Maaloula in Damascus countryside on Easter Day, wishing peace, security and amity to all of the country, state-run SANA news agency repoted.

During his visit to Maloula town, Assad inspected the Monastery of Saints Sergius and Bacchus and checked the damage and destruction caused to the monastery by the terrorist groups.

Syria's President Bashar Assad looking at icons as he visits a monastery in the ancient Christian town of Maaloula which his troops recently recaptured from rebels. April 20, 2014

Syria‘s President Bashar Assad looking at icons as he visits a monastery in the ancient Christian town of Maaloula which his troops recently recaptured from rebels. April 20, 2014

“No one, whatever their terrorism reached, can erase our human and cultural history,” Assad said as he was inspecting Mar Thecla Monastery.


“Maloula will remain, along with other Syrian human and cultural landmarks, steadfast in face of the obscurantism and barbarianism of all those who are targeting the homeland,” he added.

Maaloula was liberated on Monday after targeting Al-Manar TV crew, leaving three killed and two other wounded.

Four Syrian army soldiers were also killed in the attack.

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Christians celebrate EasterIn Damascus

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Israel airstrike on Golan Heights leaves 1 dead, 7 wounded – Syrian army

Retaliatory air strikes carried out by Israel against Syrian army positions killed one person and injured seven, according to Syria’s armed forces said. The strike came just hours after four IDF soldiers were wounded by a bomb attack in the Golan Heights.

A Syrian armed forces statement said the strikes targeted three sites near the ruined city of Quneitra in southwestern Syria, including an army training facility, a military headquarters and artillery batteries. Damascus warned the strikes could further destabilize the already strife-torn region.

The statement also warns Israel against escalating the situation by repeating such “hostile acts.” It says they “endanger the security and stability of the region.”

Israeli Military sources confirmed that the Israeli Air Force had carried out four strikes at around 3:00 am local time, AFP reports.

“The [IOF] targeted several Syrian army positions which aided and abetted the attack against [IOF] personnel yesterday,” a military statement said, with a spokeswoman confirming the bombing raids included targets on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights plateau.

The air raids took place 12 hours after four Israeli soldiers were wounded by a roadside bomb – one of them seriously – while patrolling along the ceasefire line in the occupied Golan. It was the third such incident in a fortnight along Israel’s northern frontier. Israeli brass has regularly blamed the Syrian military for being complicit in such attacks.

On top of the airstrikes, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon warned Syrian President Bashar Assad that if he persisted in a course of action that caused harm to Israel, he would “regret his actions.”

Syria said the air raids were intended “boost the morale of the terrorist gangs that are falling apart under the blows of the army.”

On Tuesday Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned the Jewish State would act “forcefully” to defend itself.

“We will act forcefully to preserve Israel’s security,” he said in remarks broadcast on army radio, warning that jihadists and operatives from Lebanon’s Hezbollah were increasingly active in the area.

On Friday, Israel shelled a Hezbollah target inside eastern Lebanon in response to a blast targeting its troops along the border. In a separate attack on 5 March, Israel said it hit two Hezbollah members while a group of operatives were reportedly trying to plant a bomb near the Israeli-Syrian ceasefire line.

“This aggression won’t stand without a response,” the Jerusalem Post cites the group as saying in a statement.

Wednesday’s air strikes represent the most serious escalation along the ceasefire line with Syria since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Israel first captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 war. The country agreed to return the land to Syria in return for a peace agreement that was rejected by the Arab world.

In 1973, Syrian forces crossed the ceasefire line into the Golan Heights in an attempt to retake the territory. Syria’s troops were repelled by Israeli forces.

Israel annexed the Golan in 1981, though they returned about 5 percent of the territory to Syria. The land was merged into a demilitarized zone which has been the scene of periodic attacks over the past several decades.

UN peacekeeping forces, which have been in the Golan Heights since 1974, have also found themselves the targets of militants operating in the region. In March and May last year, Syrian rebels abducted UN peacekeepers monitoring the ceasefire line.


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Yabroud in Syrian Army’s Hand, Militants Flee

الجيش السوري يتقدم باتجاه القلمون بعد مقتل قائد بـ"الجيش الحر"

Syrian Army entered the Syrian town of Yabroud in Qalamoun early on Sunday as the foreign-backed Takfiri militants free the area.

Al-Manar correspondent reported that the Syrian army was totally controling Yabroud city, adding there was great collapse within the ranks of the armed groups fighting the government forces.Yabroud

Our correspondent said the Syrian army was combing the city, noting that huge numbers of militants fled Yabroud to Rankous and Flita following the army’s operation.

He said reported that the Syrian’s army’s eye is now on Rankous and Flita, in addition to few Qalamoun farms.

The recapture of Yabroud comes a day after the Syrian army advanced further in Damascus Countryside from the northern and eastern sides, killing dozens of Takfiri terrorists.

Among the Takfiris killed on Saturday was Abu Azzam al-Kuwaiti, deputy leader of the so-called al-Nusra Front in Qalamoun city, who was leading the latest swap deal between his terrorist group and the Syrian government, which ended in liberating Maloula nuns on March 09, 2014.

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PressTV – Syria militant leader dies in Aleppo

A leader of foreign-backed militants in Syria has died of wounds suffered in an airstrike carried out by the Syrian army in the northwestern province of Aleppo.

Abdelqader Saleh, head of the so-called al-Tawhid Brigade, who had been injured on November 14, died in a Turkish hospital on Monday.

The Tawhid Brigade has also confirmed the death.

Another militant commander, Youssef al-Abbas, known as Abu al-Tayyeb, was also killed during the airstrike on November 14.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday that four other militant commanders were also killed in separate incidents in Aleppo and the central province of Homs.

A defected army colonel who commanded another militant brigade was killed in clashes in the Maaret al-Artiq area of Aleppo.

In recent weeks, the Syrian army has made major advances in its fight against the foreign-backed militant groups.

On November 16, the army kept up its operations against militant positions in Harasta, the northeastern suburb of Damascus. The Syrian troops also recaptured positions in the town of Tel Hasel on the outskirts of the city of Aleppo.

Syrian soldiers also managed to regain control of the towns of Hawarin and Mahin in the eastern countryside of Homs Province.

Nearly three years of crisis in Syria has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people, according to statistics compiled by the United Nations. Millions of people have also been displaced due to the turmoil.

PressTV – Syria militant leader dies in Aleppo.