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Armed Terrorist Groups` seized weapons (SANA)
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Violence & Clashes flared in Syria as Regime formed New Cabinet

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Syria- The Syrian competent authorities clashed with “Armed Terrorist Group” in Deir Ezzour and seized an explosive device factory in al-Arbaeen neighborhood in Hama city, Syria`s official news agency SANA reported on Saturday.



Press reports abroad said that another wave of deaths engulfed Syria on Saturday, and top security officials kept their jobs after the regime formed a new government.



The largest city in the country's eastern region, Deir Ezzor is "in dire need of help" because it is "under continuous indiscriminate shelling targeting residential homes since yesterday," the LCC said Saturday, according to CNN report.



The largest city in the country's eastern region, Deir Ezzor is "in dire need of help" because it is "under continuous indiscriminate shelling targeting residential homes since yesterday," the LCC said Saturday.



"The uninterrupted intense shelling makes it impossible to reach the wounded and to recover the bodies of martyrs (the dead) that are lying on the roads and in houses. The medical and humanitarian situation is extremely difficult, especially with the ongoing complete outage of the internet services and mobile communications," the LCC said.



In turn, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that more than 100 people, two-thirds of them civilians, were killed in violence across Syria on Saturday as regime forces stepped up attacks on towns.
The Britain-based monitoring group said 65 civilians were killed in bombardment of rebel bastions, including a family of six in Deir Ezzor, eastern Syria, AFP informs.


Nineteen soldiers were killed in fighting with rebels, of whom three also died, it said, adding that 10 troops were gunned down as they tried to defect to anti-regime forces.



SANA official press report added that several terrorists were killed on Saturday as an explosive device that they were trying to plant in a water tank al-Hisn town in Homs countryside blew up.

A source in the province told SANA that the explosion led to killing and wounding several terrorists and sabotaging the main water tank of the town.

Syria`s regime also on Saturday said it buried 68 security personnel killed by terrorist groups.



SANA report on Saturday also said “The members of the UN observer delegation, headed by the Norwegian Major Andreas Steinberg, expressed regret over the accident which left a number of citizens injured when one of the delegation's cars hit them on al-Haffeh road.”



Also on Saturday, a 23-year-old volunteer for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, Bashar al-Youssef, was shot dead Friday in Deir Ezzor, the fourth Red Crescent member killed on duty since September.

The worker, shot while on "first-aid duty," wore a uniform "clearly marked with the Red Crescent emblem," the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

"This comes at a time when the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent are virtually the only organizations able to work in areas affected by the violence in Syria," said Alexandre Equey, deputy head of the ICRC's delegation in Syria. "We take such incidents extremely seriously."



On Friday, at least 116 people were reported killed in Syria.

International press keeps telling that it cannot confirm specific reports of violence in Syria because the government has restricted access to the country by international journalists.



On the political front, President Bashar al-Assad announced the formation of a new government with the key foreign, defence and interior ministry portfolios unchanged, less than two months after controversial parliamentary elections boycotted by the opposition.



"President Bashar al-Assad has issued Decree 210 forming a new government under Prime Minister Dr Riad Hijab," state Syria TV said Saturday.



Abdel Basset Sayda, head of the main opposition Syrian National Council, dismissed the new line-up as a sham aiming "to give the impression that reforms have been brought in."

He said there was "no real change," with key posts unchanged.



The new cabinet assumes power amid an intensification of repression and clashes, which last week led to the halt of the United Nations observer mission.



Britain's Guardian newspaper, meanwhile, reported that Saudi Arabia was set to pay the salaries of the rebel Free Syrian Army, several of whose fighters who defected from the regular army are based in Turkey, to encourage mass defections.



Syria`s Opposition groups say the violence began when a government crackdown on peaceful protesters generated a nationwide uprising, including the armed resistance. Syria`s regime consistently blames terrorists for the violence.

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