Russia criticizes US-led coalition over bombing of Syria dam

A view shows part of Tabqa dam on the Euphrates river .(REUTERS)
Updated 28 March 2017

Russia criticizes US-led coalition over bombing of Syria dam

MOSCOW: A senior Russian general has criticized the US-led coalition fighting Daesh militants for allegedly targeting infrastructure — including a key dam — in territory held by the extremist group in Syria.
Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the military’s General Staff on Tuesday accused the coalition of trying to “completely destroy critical infrastructure in Syria and complicate post-war reconstruction as much as possible.”
Rudskoi further claimed that coalition jets had destroyed four bridges over the Euphrates River in Syria and hit the Tabqa dam to the west of the extremists’ de facto capital of Raqqa.
Rudskoi said that the collapse of the dam would case an “ecological catastrophe” and lead to “numerous” civilian deaths.
The US-led coalition says it’s taking every precaution and that the dam hasn’t been structurally damaged.


US ambassador says ready to solve Safer tanker crisis

Updated 11 min 8 sec ago

US ambassador says ready to solve Safer tanker crisis

  • The United States is keen on helping to resolve the oil tanker crisis

RIYADH: The US ambassador to Yemen said Washington is ready to help in solving the crisis of an abandoned oil tanker off Yemen’s coast at risk of exploding. 

Ambassador Christopher Hensel stressed that the United States is keen on helping to resolve the crisis given that it poses a threat.

He also expressed his appreciation to the efforts by the Yemeni government to reach stability in the region, in remarks during a meeting with the Yemeni foriegn minister.  

With 1.1 million barrels of crude on board, the FSO Safer tanker is deteriorating badly and could rupture at any time, with disastrous results for Red Sea marine life, UN and other experts have warned.
The 45-year-old ship is anchored off the port of Hodeidah under the control of the Iran-backed Houthi militia, which initially blocked UN efforts to send a team of experts to assess its condition. Sources on Sunday said the Houthis gave the UN inspectors the green light to inspect the decaying tanker.