Supplies dwindling in Syria’s Afrin city hospital after attacks: Director

Ankara launched an air and ground offensive nearly two weeks ago against the Afrin region. (AFP)
Updated 31 January 2018
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Supplies dwindling in Syria’s Afrin city hospital after attacks: Director

BEIRUT: Supplies are dwindling in the main hospital of Syria’s Afrin city, which has taken in 48 people killed and 86 wounded in recent Turkish attacks, its director said on Wednesday.
Ankara launched an air and ground offensive nearly two weeks ago against the Afrin region, opening a new front in Syria’s multi-sided war to target Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.
“We call on the United Nations to stop the Turkish aggression,” Khalil Sabri, head of the Afrin city hospital, said at a televised press conference. “The medical situation is getting worse in Afrin, and the medical supplies we have are about to run out,” he said.
Since the onset of Syria’s conflict in 2011, the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and its allies have set up three autonomous cantons in the north, including Afrin which borders Turkey.
Syrian rebel factions, which are fighting alongside Turkey in its offensive, control territory around Afrin. The Syrian army also holds a patch of land bordering the canton.
Ankara views the YPG as terrorists and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that has waged a three-decade insurgency on Turkish soil.
The YPG spearheads an alliance of militias, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), that has seized vast territory from Daesh militants with help from the US-led coalition.
The SDF said Turkish forces and their rebel allies shelled a neighborhood in Afrin city on Wednesday, wounding 12 civilians.
Turkey’s state-run Anadolu agency said two rockets fired from the Afrin region hit the Turkish border town of Reyhanli and killed one person.


Egypt’s days-long heatwave will continue until Wednesday

Updated 22 May 2018
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Egypt’s days-long heatwave will continue until Wednesday

  • Meteorologists quoted by local media expect temperatures in Cairo to hit 41C
  • A days-long heatwave started on Thursday coinciding with the beginning of Ramadan

CAIRO: A heatwave currently gripping Egypt is expected to continue until Wednesday, the Egyptian Meteorological Authority said.
A days-long heatwave started on Thursday coinciding with the beginning of Ramadan.
Swathes of the country experienced a gradual temperature rise by 4-7 degrees celsius.
Meteorologists quoted by local media expect temperatures in Cairo to hit 41C.
Milder temperatures are expected along the north coast, and temperatures will peak in Aswan and the New Valley at 47C in the daylight hours, but will lower by the evening.
Visibility will be affected by mist during morning time in Lower Egypt, and along the north coast. Low and medium-level clouds are anticipated on Wednesday along the north coast.
Forecasters previously warned that the weather will be “very hot” during daylight hours when Muslims fast.
Egypt’s second city of Alexandria is forecast to receive a high of 33C.
This year, Muslims in Egypt are fasting for more than 15 hours daily.