Oman police arrest 2 expats for human trafficking, smuggling drugs

The accused have been referred to the judicial authorities to complete the investigation. (Shutterstock)
Updated 13 April 2018
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Oman police arrest 2 expats for human trafficking, smuggling drugs

Oman policed announced on Thursday two expats of “Asian” origins were arrested on charges of human trafficking and smuggling drugs into the sultanate.

The arrests were made on the coast of the Wilayat of Liwa when the expats were attempting to bring drugs and illegal migrants into Oman, Times of Oman reported.

“The officers of the Anti-Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Department, led by the police of North Al Batinah governorate, arrested two Asian nationals on the coast of the Wilayat of Liwa. The accused were attempting to smuggle narcotics and infiltrators into the Sultanate using a smuggling boat,” the police said.

The accused have been referred to the judicial authorities to complete the investigation.


Russia says kills 88,000 Syria rebels

Updated 20 October 2018
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Russia says kills 88,000 Syria rebels

  • Russia launched strikes in support of President Bashar Assad’s regime in September 2015
  • Russian air forces have carried out more than 40,000 bombing missions, hitting about 120,000 targets

MOSCOW: Russia’s defense minister said Saturday that almost 88,000 rebels had been killed in Syria in the three years since Moscow’s intervention to back government forces.
“Over the course of the operation, a total of more than 87,500 rebels have been eliminated, 1,411 settlements have been liberated and more than 95 percent of Syria’s territory,” Shoigu was quoted as saying at a forum in Singapore in a ministry statement.
“Most of the rebels have been liquidated,” Shoigu said.
Britain-based war monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says close to 365,000 people have been killed during the seven-year civil war.
Russia launched strikes in support of President Bashar Assad’s regime in September 2015.
Russian air forces have carried out more than 40,000 bombing missions, hitting about 120,000 targets of “terrorist” infrastructure, Shoigu said.
The defense minister said that “Syrian armed forces currently control territory where more than 90 percent of the population lives.”