Two British soldiers injured in Syria Daesh missile attack

The soldiers were wounded in an attack in Deir Ezzor. (AFP file photo)
Updated 06 January 2019

Two British soldiers injured in Syria Daesh missile attack

  • The two British soldiers were transported by helicopter to receive medical care: Rami Abdel

BEIRUT: Two British soldiers were wounded Saturday in eastern Syria by a missile fired by the Daesh group, an NGO said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the pair were part of the the international anti-jihadist coalition, led by the United States.
“The two British soldiers were transported by helicopter to receive medical care,” the observatory’s director Rami Abdel told AFP.
A Kurdish fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) died in the attack in the village of Al-Shaafa in Deir Ezzor province, one of the last pockets of territory still controlled by Daesh in the Euphrates River valley.
The SDF, a coalition dominated by Kurdish fighters, has spearheaded the fight against Daesh, supported by several Western countries including the United Kingdom.
The international alliance seized the key Daesh holdout of Hajjin in December after months of fighting that has seen the jihadists launch vicious counter-attacks.
Daesh, which once controlled swathes of Syria and Iraq, has been pounded by multiple offensives.
Since September, more than 1,000 jihadists have been killed in the fighting compared with just under 600 SDF members while 15,000 people have fled Hajjin, according to the Observatory.
Last month US president Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of around 2,000 soldiers from Syria, deployed to support the SDF, claiming Daesh had been defeated.
The Syrian war, which began in 2011, has caused more than 370,000 deaths and forced millions of people to flee their homes.


Egypt footballer gets harassed for sharing photo with his 3-year-old girl

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Egypt footballer gets harassed for sharing photo with his 3-year-old girl

CAIRO: An Egyptian footballer has threatened to sue Instagram users who sent abusive messages this week over photos of himself and his three-year-old daughter.
The incident involving Amre Soulia, a player at Al-Ahly football club, has caused a storm on social media in Egypt after comments on his photos triggered widespread anger over harassment.  
The player publicly called out a number of people who had harassed him and his daughter by sharing screenshots of their comments that mainly targeted what the young girl was wearing - a black T-shirt and jeans.
The player is seen holding his daughter’s hand while she smiles back at him.  

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“May God save her for you … but I hope you make your daughter wear respectable clothes because you’re a respectful player,” one user wrote to Soulia.
Another user said: “Cover up your daughter, son, so that she grows to become one (who’s covered).”
Several other sexually-loaded remarks targeted the little girl, prompting the player to take legal action against them. 
“All legal measures were taken and a lawsuit was filed against anyone who insulted me or any member of my family,” Soulia wrote on his social media account. 
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The incident is the latest in Egypt, where sexual assault and harassment are deep-seated problems. 
Egyptian actor Sherif Mounir recently hit out at people who insulted his teenage daughters in a picture he shared of them on Instagram.