Airstrikes kill 22 at market in Idlib

A picture taken on March 22, 2018 shows Syrian civilians gathering at a scene of destruction following an air strike in the rebel-held town of Harem in the northwestern Idlib province. (AFP / Aaref Watad)
Updated 22 March 2018
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Airstrikes kill 22 at market in Idlib

BEIRUT: Airstrikes, likely to be Russian, on Thursday killed 22 civilians in a market in the northwestern province of Idlib, which is largely controlled by radical fighters, a monitor said.
The strikes hit the area of Harem, which is controlled by Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The Britain-based monitor says it identifies who carried out airstrikes based on flight patterns, munitions used, and aircraft.
Meanwhile, Syrian opposition fighters have released 13 of their prisoners to the regime.
The men, who identified themselves to the media as soldiers and civilians attached to the Syrian Army, who were captured by opposition fighters in the battle for Harasta, cried in relief. They thanked God, the Syrian Army, and President Bashar Assad for their freedom.
Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV said the regime released five “terrorists” in exchange.


Iran leader backs Rouhani's suggestion Iran to block Gulf oil exports if own sales stopped

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Iran leader backs Rouhani's suggestion Iran to block Gulf oil exports if own sales stopped

DUBAI: Iran’s supreme leader on Saturday backed President Hassan Rouhani’s suggestion that Iran may block Gulf oil exports if its own exports are stopped, according to his official website.
“(Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) said remarks by the president ... that ‘if Iran’s oil is not exported, no regional country’s oil will be exported,’ were important remarks that reflect the policy and the approach of (Iran’s) system,” Khamenei’s website said.