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Syria government officials visit frontlines near Damascus

Syrian government representatives have visited frontlines near the Syrian capital, Damascus, in an effort to help boost the troops’ morale, Press TV reports.

A delegation of Syrian government officials visited the frontlines around the southwestern city of al-Zabadani in the Rif Dimashq Governorate on August 1, which marks the anniversary of the foundation of the Syrian army back in 1945.

Syrian Minister of Social Affairs Kinda al-Shammat, who was among the representatives, distributed gifts among the Syrian soldiers in an area in the city where the troops and volunteer groups were celebrating the 70th anniversary of Syrian Army Day.

“Today, the Syrian Ministry of Social Affairs and the local community wanted to say ‘Happy Anniversary’ to the Syrian army. We are celebrating this precious anniversary, which symbolizes the establishment of this holy military institution,” Shammat said.

“Our hope is big and we depend on the army to purge the country of terrorists. This army has prevented the country from collapse,” she added.

They Syrian army forces fighting Takfiri terrorists around Zabadani also voiced their determination to confront any act of terrorism targeting the country.

“The minister’s visit means a lot to us. We are ready to sacrifice our lives for the sake of the country. Our morale is high and we are not afraid of any of our enemies,” a Syrian soldier said.

The volunteer forces who were accompanying the Syrian minister appreciated the sacrifices of the Syrian army troops by distributing gifts among them.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad also praised the army for its steadfastness in the fight against terrorism in an address to the Syrian Arab Army through Jaish al-Shaab (the Army of the People) magazine on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Syrian army.

Syria has been facing a massive foreign-sponsored militancy for the past four years. The conflict has reportedly killed an estimated 230,000 people so far, including nearly 11,500 children.

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