People smugglers busted after 22 people found in cement transporter at UAE border

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Thermal imagery of 22 people huddled in a cement container on the back of a transporter truck. (WAM)
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X-ray imagery of 22 people huddled in a cement container on the back of a transporter truck. (WAM)
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Image of the cement transporter truck used in the attempted smuggling of 22 people in to the UAE. (WAM)
Updated 14 February 2018
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People smugglers busted after 22 people found in cement transporter at UAE border

DUBAI: These images capture the moment UAE authorities foiled a smuggling operation involving 22 people hidden inside a cement transporter, UAE state news agency WAM reported.
Customs officials at the border of the northern emirate of Sharjah arrested the driver of the truck after discovering 21 men and a woman hidden inside – apparently trying to illegally cross into the country.
The thermal and X-ray images clearly show a group of people inside the large cement transporter.
The incident happened last week, but the authorities released the images late on Tuesday evening. No details were given on where the people were traveling from or their nationalities.


Russia ‘skeptical’ over UN Syrian crimes against humanity report

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Russia ‘skeptical’ over UN Syrian crimes against humanity report

MOSCOW: Russia’s foreign minister on Thursday said he was “skeptical” about a UN report accusing the Syrian regime of committing crimes against humanity during the siege of Eastern Ghouta.
The report published Wednesday said forces loyal to the government had deliberately starved civilians during the siege between February and April, among other crimes.
“We are in principle very skeptical toward the methods of this sort of work, whether it comes to war crimes or the use of chemical weapons,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
When questioned by journalists, Lavrov confirmed he had not seen the report.
He said it was “based on data obtained through social networks, video that was filmed by witnesses,” rather than being put together on the ground.
The five-year siege, on the outskirts of the capital, ended in April when Damascus regained control of the rebel enclave.
As pro-government forces dramatically escalated their campaign to recapture the besieged enclave, they used tactics that were “largely unlawful in nature,” the UN-commissioned report said.
The tactics, it said, “aimed at punishing the inhabitants of eastern Ghouta and forcing the population, collectively, to surrender or starve.”
Russia has been involved in Syria’s civil war since September 2015. Its military support of the regime changed the course of the war, allowing government troops to retake more than half the country from rebels and the Daesh group.
More than 350,000 people have been killed in Syria’s war since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.