Syrian TV: Syrian army gives Harasta rebels till 3pm to withdraw

Smoke billows following Syrian government bombardment on the rebel-held besieged town of Harasta, in the Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus on March 10, 2018. (Ammar Suleiman/AFP)
Updated 18 March 2018
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Syrian TV: Syrian army gives Harasta rebels till 3pm to withdraw

BEIRUT: Syrian state TV said the Syrian army had given rebels in the Harasta pocket of opposition-held eastern Ghouta till 3pm local time on Sunday to withdraw, citing its own correspondent.
In a month-long assault, pro-Syrian government forces have marched into much of eastern Ghouta, the last major insurgent bastion around Damascus. They have splintered it into three besieged zones, the smallest of which is the Harasta pocket.


Egypt says security forces kill 9 ‘terrorists’ in Nile raid

The dawn raid in central Egypt targeted men who were planning attacks on vital installations. (Reuters)
Updated 16 October 2018
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Egypt says security forces kill 9 ‘terrorists’ in Nile raid

  • The statement did not mention if there were any survivors or if any wounded were taken prisoner

CAIRO: Egypt says its security forces have killed nine “terrorists” in a raid on a cave hideout along the Nile River.

The Interior Ministry says Monday’s dawn raid in central Egypt targeted men who were planning attacks on vital installations, resulting in a shootout that led to their deaths.

The statement did not mention if there were any survivors or if any wounded were taken prisoner, or if security forces suffered any casualties. It said assault rifles, improvised explosive devices, ammunition and supplies were seized. Egypt has been battling an insurgency based in the Sinai Peninsula that intensified after the military overthrew an elected but divisive Islamist president in 2013. It launched an operation against militants in February, but raids outside the Sinai have been rare.