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.


Two children killed in Algeria grenade explosion

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Two children killed in Algeria grenade explosion

ALGIERS: Two children have been killed and four others wounded when a homemade grenade exploded in the Ahnif area east of the Algerian capital, the El Watan newspaper said Sunday.
Armed groups had placed the improvised explosive there to delay the advance of security forces pursuing them in the mountainous region, according to local media.
“A homemade grenade exploded Saturday near six children who were playing (in the village) of Tamezyavt” in Ahnif, in the province of Bouira about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the capital of Algiers, the civil defense said on Saturday.
It gave a toll of one dead and five wounded, but El Watan said Sunday that a second child had succumbed to wounds.
The children who died were aged 10 and 12, the newspaper said.
It said the four wounded children were in serious condition and had been transferred to the hospital in Tizi Ouzou, and that the oldest was 16.
Algeria regularly announces it has killed hard-line Islamists in operations targeting “terrorists.”
Algerians had hoped that a 2005 peace and reconciliation charter would turn the page on a 1991-2002 civil war between Islamists and security forces that cost 200,000 lives.
But Islamist groups remain active in some areas, especially in southern and eastern Algeria, mostly targeting the police and army.