Thursday, 19. January 2017

Near and Middle East

With a resolution voted on 23rd December, the Security Council of the United Nations reaffirmed that Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank are illegal and constitute a flagrant violation of the International Law, and demanded the immediate end to the expansion of the settlements.

SyriaThe Army and the Armed Forces General Command of Syria on Thursday declared a comprehensive cessation of hostilities across all the territories of the Syrian Arab Republic starting at 00:00 on 30/12/2016 in the wake of the victories and advances achieved by the Syrian armed forces on more than a front. The Command added that the terrorist organizations of Jabhat al-Nusra and the ISIS and the groups affiliated to them are excluded from the agreement, pointing out that the ceasefire comes with the aim of creating suitable circumstances for supporting the political track of the crisis in Syria.

Citizens of Aleppo celebrate the liberation of their city. Photo: SANACitizens of Aleppo celebrate the liberation of their city. Photo: SANAThe Syrian General Command of the army and armed forces announced on Thursday the restoration of security and stability to Aleppo after liberating it from terrorism and terrorists and the exit of their remnants from the city. »The restoration of security and stability to Aleppo is a victory which forms a strategic juncture and important turning point in the fight against terrorism, from one point, and a blow to the terrorist project and its supporters from another«, the Army’s general command said in a statement. It added that this important step affirms the capability of the Syrian army and its allies to terminate the war against terrorist organizations and establishes a new era to expel terrorism from all Syrian territories.

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey, meeting in Moscow on 20 December 2016, agreed on the following.

1. Iran, Russia and Turkey reiterate their full respect for sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic as multi-ethnic, multi-religious, non-sectarian, democratic and secular state.

Syrian Communist Party (Unified)The following statement addressed to the member parties of the International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties was issued by the Syrian Communist Party (Unified) on Dec. 7, prior to the full liberation of Aleppo but as it became clear that the opposition would be defeated.

Dear comrades:

As is well known, our party, along with other progressive and patriotic parties of Syria, is struggling against what is nowadays considered one of most barbarous imperialist aggressions of the period since World War Two, a struggle against the most extremist and fundamentalist radical movements of this century like al-Nusra Front, ISIS and al-Qaeda which have been condemned internationally.

The huge humanitarian disaster that the intervention of the imperialist coalition of Saudi Arabia has caused in Yemen, is highlighted by the UN data, although the Agency is avoiding to name the culprit of this tragedy.

WFTUOn December 13th, The Ministry of Administrative Development and Labor and Social Affairs of Qatar, announced that the country’s authorities helped ten thousands of workers who were victims of labor rights violations to return to their countries. The authorities undertook to pay the cost of their airline tickets, without giving explanations about the nature of these violations.

Syrian President Assad during the interview with Russian journalists. Photo: SANASyrian President Assad during the interview with Russian journalists. Photo: SANASyrian President Bashar al-Assad asserted that military operations will not stop after liberating Aleppo city from terrorists, and that pauses only happen in an area in which terrorists say that they are prepared to hand in their weapons or leave the area. In an interview given to Russia 24 and NTV channels that was broadcast on Wednesday, President al-Assad said that the recent attack by ISIS on Palmyra in large numbers and over a large area means that ISIS received direct support from states, and that the timing of this attack is linked to the battle of Aleppo, because they wanted to undermine the importance of liberating Aleppo and to to distract the Syrian Army and fragment its efforts in different directions, asserting that “as we liberated Palmyra in the past, we will liberate it again.”

unoAn airstrike targeting Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Daesh, was conducted yesterday in the eastern district of Achin. In the process civilian casualties were incurred. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns the killing of at least 15 civilian men and the injuring of at least 13 others, including at least one boy, in the strike.

In the early morning of 28 September, an international military forces unmanned aerial vehicle conducted an airstrike, reportedly targeting members of ISIL/Daesh, that struck a civilian home killing the 15 civilians.

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