Daesh captures several villages from Syrian troops in Aleppo

Updated 16 April 2016

Daesh captures several villages from Syrian troops in Aleppo

BEIRUT: Syrian opposition activists say the Daesh group has captured several villages in the northern province of Aleppo during clashes with government forces.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the fighting is concentrated in areas east of the town of Khanaser, which has exchanged hands several times in recent months.
An activist based in Aleppo says Daesh launched its latest offensive in the area a day earlier and by Saturday was in control of some 18 small villages.
The activist spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals from IS.
Khanaser is strategic since it’s on the highway that links government-held parts of Aleppo with the rest of the country.


Turkey probes dozens over quake social media posts

Updated 27 January 2020

Turkey probes dozens over quake social media posts

  • Suspects accused of sharing fake images about the quake on social media
  • Death toll from Friday’s quake had reached 39 people as hopes dimmed of finding more survivors

ISTANBUL: Turkish prosecutors are investigating dozens of people for “provocative” social media messages about the deadly earthquake in eastern Turkey, reports said Monday.
The death toll from Friday’s quake in Elazig province had reached 39 people as hopes dimmed of finding more survivors amid the rubble.
The Ankara prosecutor’s office is checking 50 individuals on suspicion of “spreading fear and panic” and “insulting the Turkish people, the Turkish republic and the state institutions,” the Hurriyet daily said.
The suspects are accused of sharing fake images about the quake on social media.
Turkish authorities were winding up their rescue efforts on Monday.
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told reporters that 24,000 tents had been provided, 1,000 container shelters were being built, and funds released to repair damaged buildings.
Thirty-five of the victims died in Elazig and four in the neighboring province of Malatya, officials said.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said 86 injured were still being treated in hospitals — 18 of them in intensive care units.