UN official in Syria expecting a Ghouta evacuation

Syrian government soldiers ride in the back of a truck advancing in the town of Al-Mohammadiyeh, east of the capital Damascus on March 7, 2018, as Syrian government forces push into the rebel-held eastern Ghouta enclave. (AFP)
Updated 13 March 2018
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UN official in Syria expecting a Ghouta evacuation

BEIRUT: The UN resident coordinator in Syria said an evacuation of civilians is expected on Tuesday out of the eastern Ghouta rebel enclave, where the military has waged a fierce offensive.
“This day, we are expecting evacuation of civilians, including people with medical conditions,” Ali Al-Za’tari told Reuters at Al-Wafideen crossing, without elaborating.


Libyan government announces Tripoli cease-fire deal

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Libyan government announces Tripoli cease-fire deal

  • The agreement was signed by representatives of the capital and the town of Tarhuna
  • The clashes which erupted on the capital’s southern outskirts on August 26 have left at least 117 dead

TRIPOLI: Libya’s internationally recognized government Wednesday announced a new cease-fire deal to end a month of fighting between rival militias south of Tripoli that has left more than 100 dead.
The agreement was signed by representatives of the capital and the town of Tarhuna, southeast of Tripoli, the interior ministry said in a statement.
The deal ratified by interior minister Abdessalem Ashour calls for the rivals to implement a UN-brokered accord, signed on September 4, to form a joint security force of police from Tripoli and Tarhuna to patrol the capital’s southern suburbs.
The Government of National Accord (GNA), in a statement, welcomed the halt to fighting that already took effect on Tuesday.
The clashes which erupted on the capital’s southern outskirts on August 26 have left at least 117 dead and more than 400 injured, according to a fresh casualty toll issued by the GNA.
More than 25,000 people have been displaced by the violence.
The Libyan capital has been at the center of a battle for influence between armed groups ever since dictator Muammar Qaddafi was ousted and killed in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011.
The latest feud has pitted armed groups from Tarhuna and Libya’s third city Misrata against militia forces from Tripoli under the nominal control of the GNA.