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Syrian fans poured into the streets as their national team made it to the World Cup play-off - national anthems and cars boomed from loudspeakers with the words "We are in love with Syria," they were heard saying as they drove through central Damascus under fire. I looked out the window of my car in Damascus on the morning of the match between Syria and Russia on June 23, 2012.

The 21-year-old, a strong sprinter, continued to win races across Syria and was offered a place on the Damascus-based national team in late 2010. Syrian women's national team, which he coached at the time, and said 'Get rugby in Syria, spread rugby, 'he said. Ali played for the team for three years and earned $125,000 a season - a fortune for Syria.

The Syrian men's national team will be selected after the conclusion of the 2020 Syrian Championship to prepare for the FIFA World Cup, which will take place in April 2020, RugbyAsia247 reported. Lebanese capital Beirut first "If we have the chance to beat the team, we will go to Damascus and the final will be played by the two best teams, who will attend a three-day training camp in the capital Damascus," said Ali, the head coach of the Syrian men's national team.

Jouma, also from Aleppo, moved to Damascus in 2007 to train and recently spent six months in a Russian training camp. Jess, who is also known as Captain Jess, spent a week in Syria last year as part of the team's preparation for the World Championships. The M5 runs between the cities of Hama and Homs and connects Syria's capital Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo.

In the seventh century it became the seat of the caliphate of the Umayyads, and Damascus gained the fame of an unrivaled city in the eighth century. Syria functioned as a cultural center, drawing influence from many sources and sending it to other parts of the empire. It borders Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iran, and Iraq (a name that once applied to the city of Aleppo, now the capital of Syria's second-largest city).

In 1944, the Greater Syria movement began to push for an "Arab State of Syria" that would include Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Israel. Israeli troops occupied and advanced rapidly, overrunning Syrian positions in the Golan Heights and occupying large parts of northern Syria, as well as parts of Lebanon and Jordan.

Syrian television reported that the attack targeted a military base in the Golan Heights near the northern Syrian city of Quneitra. The airstrike triggered an immediate response from the Israeli Defense Ministry and the Syrian Arab Army.

Saturday's airstrike came just days after the arrival of a fact-finding mission by the UN special rapporteur on Syria to investigate allegations of human rights abuses in the country's civil war. On Tuesday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Associated Press news agency that players were being tested for possible links to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

Moscow, a traditional ally of the Assad family, launched an air campaign on September 30 against what it called terrorist groups that threaten Syria and Assad's rule. Gen. Igor Konashenkov accused Turkey of protecting "terrorists" in Idlib, voicing Moscow's concern about Turkey's role in Syria's civil war. Assad described the Turks as "brotherly people" and asked them what their problem was with Syria.

Syrian media, Russian and Syrian officials sought to downplay the impact of the joint airstrikes, saying most of the missiles were intercepted by Syrian air defenses. Syrian air strikes and artillery fire began targeting areas in Eastern Ghouta on September 30 after opposition forces launched an attack on the government-held areas in Damascus, Homs and Aleppo provinces. Russia and Iran's support has enabled Syrian forces to retake territory they lost to armed groups seeking to topple Assad.

In public speeches in Syria, it is customary to applaud every time President Assad's name is dropped. Assad currently controls 25 percent of Syria's territory and will hold on to it for as long as his life depends on it.

Syrian media reported that a doctor in Damascus had spoken of a lack of testing and that overcrowded hospitals had sent away light cases. According to the WHO, blood tests will be carried out to test COVID-19 infections until 15 April 2020.

Syrian opposition activists reported a mass exodus from the government-held city of Saraqeb, which sits on a major highway connecting Damascus with the northern city of Barada Valley and the southern province of Homs. Syrian armed forces, consisting of the Syrian Arab Army, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and other rebel groups. The government's official news agency in Damascus also reported an exodus from the Bardo Valley. According to Reuters, about 1,300 people were involved in the report, who had to be moved to safety after artillery fire.

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