US-led coalition pounds Daesh-held village in eastern Syria

Tuesday’s bombardment of the village of Shaafa in Deir Ezzor province came a day after a war monitoring group said nearly two-dozen US-backed fighters were killed in the area. (File/AFP)
Updated 08 January 2019
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US-led coalition pounds Daesh-held village in eastern Syria

  • Tuesday’s bombardment of the village of Shaafa in Deir Ezzor province came a day after a war monitoring group said nearly two-dozen US-backed fighters were killed in the area
  • The DeirEzzor 24, an activist collective, also reported heavy bombardment of Shaafa on Tuesday

BEIRUT: US-led coalition warplanes and artillery are pounding a village held by Daesh in the last area under the militants’ control in eastern Syria.
Tuesday’s bombardment of the village of Shaafa in Deir Ezzor province came a day after a war monitoring group said nearly two-dozen US-backed fighters were killed in the area.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Daesh fighters took advantage of bad weather on Monday and launched a counteroffensive against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, killing 23 fighters and wounding others.
The group said nine Daesh militants were also killed.
The DeirEzzor 24, an activist collective, also reported heavy bombardment of Shaafa on Tuesday.
The SDF said it repelled the Daesh attack and gained more ground from Daesh near the Iraqi border.


Three women, baby die after migrant boat sinks off Turkey

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Three women, baby die after migrant boat sinks off Turkey

  • Turkish authorities rescued 11 people when the boat drowned
  • Almost one million refugees fled into the European Union through Turkey

ANKARA: Three women and a child drowned when a boat carrying migrants sank off the Turkish coast, the Turkish coast guard said on Tuesday.
Turkish authorities rescued 11 more people after the boat went down 1.7 nautical miles off the coast near Canakkale early Tuesday morning, the coast guard said in a statement.
State news agency Anadolu said the migrants were from Afghanistan and Iran.
Turkey, which has taken in nearly four million refugees from the Syrian war, is also an important route for illegal migrants trying to reach Europe.
Around a million people, mainly fleeing the conflict in Syria, crossed to European Union member Greece from Turkey in 2015 after the onset of the bloc’s worst migration crisis since World War II.
Ankara struck a deal with the EU in 2016 to stem the flow of migrants into Europe, and agreed to take back those landing on Greek islands in exchange for incentives and financial aid.