Riyadh, Ankara, Doha behind intense fighting in eastern Damascus: Syria

The Syrian Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has held , and Qatar
responsible for the escalated fighting between government forces and
foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists on the outskirts of the
capital .

The ministry, in two separate letters
addressed to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and rotating
President of the United Nations Security Council Matthew Rycroft, called
on the Security Council to assume its responsibilities and combat
terrorism and criminal acts being perpetrated by al-Nusra Front and
other terror groups.
The two identical letters also read that such
attacks are simply aimed at undermining the UN-sponsored peace
talks in the Swiss city of Geneva.
Earlier on Thursday, Syria’s
official agency SANA reported that government troops had killed
more than 157 terrorists, among them foreign nationals, and wounded
hundreds of others during the ongoing fighting in the eastern Damascus
district of Jobar.
army soldiers also destroyed three explosive-laden vehicles, three
tanks, four armored vehicles, five mortar launchers, three cannons
and 15 machine gun-equipped vehicles. They killed seven bombers before
targeting military posts in Jobar.
Militant shelling kills 5 kids in Syria’s Aleppo
five children lost their lives and four others sustained injuries in a
rocket attack by Takfiri terrorists in Syria’s northwestern city of
Local sources said the projectiles slammed into Abdul-Qadir Ba’ath School in the city’s al-Hamdaniya neighborhood.

Red Crescent personnel evacuate the body of a man following a mortar
strike by foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants in a government-held part
of the western city of Homs on February 10, 2017.Geneva peace talks
The developments came as the fifth round of Syria talks kicked off in Geneva. The
deputy UN special envoy for Syria, Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy, separately met
representatives from the Damascus government and the main opposition
delegation, the High Negotiations Committee.
Ramzy said he held preliminary talks with each side on Thursday, and hoped to begin “substantive discussions tomorrow.”
UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura will join Geneva peace talks on Friday.
Mistura is trying to mediate a political agreement between Syria’s
warring sides. The two sides have not had face-to-face meetings in four
previous rounds under his auspices since early 2016. He has presided
over all those rounds.

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