Russian strikes kill 9 civilians in Syria

Members of the Syrian Civil Defence search for survivors after a reported airstrike by pro-government forces on the village of Shinan in the northwestern Idlib province. (File/AFP)
Updated 18 November 2019

Russian strikes kill 9 civilians in Syria

  • Three women were among the victims
  • Sunday’s airstrike hit the village of Mallaja in Idlib province

BEIRUT: Airstrikes by Syrian regime ally Russia on Sunday killed nine civilians in the opposition-run enclave of Idlib in the northwest of the country, a war monitor said.
Five of the victims died in the village of Al-Malaja in southern Idlib province while the other four were killed in raids on the town of Saraqeb in the east, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. A number of people were wounded, some seriously, the monitor’s head, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP, though he was unable to say how many.
The Idlib region, home to around 3 million people including many displaced by Syria’s eight-year civil war, is controlled by the country’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate.
The Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham opposition alliance also controls parts of neighboring Aleppo and Latakia provinces.
The region is one of the last holdouts of opposition to forces of Syria’s Bashar Assad. A cease-fire announced by Russia has largely held since late August.
But the Observatory says 48 civilians — including 16 children — have been killed in Russian airstrikes on the region since the start of November.

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48 - civilians, including 16 children, have been killed in Russian airstrikes on the region since the start of November, says the Observatory.

The Britain-based monitor, which relies on sources inside Syria, says it determines who carries out an airstrike according to flight patterns, as well as aircraft and the munitions involved.
Last month Assad said Idlib was standing in the way of an end to the civil war that has ravaged his country.
Syria’s conflict has killed 370,000 people and displaced millions since beginning in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-Assad protests.


Dubai Metro line extension will open to public in September

Updated 18 min 23 sec ago

Dubai Metro line extension will open to public in September

  • The $2.9 billion project, called Metro Route 2020, adds seven stations to the city’s Red Line
  • The new stations will serve communities in the southern part of Dubai

DUBAI: The Dubai Metro line’s 15-kilometer route extension was inaugurated on Wednesday and will be open to the public in September.

The $2.9 billion project, called Metro Route 2020, adds seven stations to the city’s Red Line, including one for the Expo 2020 site.

“The project offers safe and smooth transport for Expo visitors and residents of Dubai communities,” a statement carried by state-run WAM said.

The expansion comes as part of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority’s masterplan to provide an integrated mass transit system comprising the metro, tram, buses and marine transport.

The new stations will serve communities in the southern part of Dubai, including The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai Investment Park.