Kazakhstan to host Syria talks next month

Members of the Syrian Civil Defense and residents sift through the rubble of a building following an airstrike in the northwestern Idlib governorate. (AFP)
Updated 22 November 2019

Kazakhstan to host Syria talks next month

  • Tleuberdi provided no details about the agenda or participants in the talks

NUR-SULTAN: Kazakhstan will host a fresh round of Syria peace talks sponsored by Russia, Turkey and Iran on Dec. 10-11, Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi said.

Tleuberdi provided no details about the agenda or participants in the talks.

The war in Syria has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since it erupted in 2011.

The Syrian regime’s television reported that opposition rocket fire on the regime-controlled northern Syrian city of Aleppo killed seven civilians and wounded 30.

“Seven civilians were killed and 30 more were wounded by a rocket attack carried out by terrorist groups,” the regime broadcaster said, referring to opposition factions in the west of Aleppo province.

A salvo of rockets slammed into five districts of the city including Salaheddin, the regime’s media said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said that “one rocket fired from western Aleppo hit a car in Salaheddin, killing four occupants.”

Extremists of the Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham group (HTS), formerly the Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda, operate in western Aleppo province bordering Idlib province to the north where smaller rebel groups are present.

Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said the toll from Thursday’s attack could rise because several people were critically wounded.

Government forces retook Aleppo at the end of 2016, but the city still sees sporadic attacks by radical factions.


Morocco reimposes Tangiers lockdown after virus spike

Updated 13 July 2020

Morocco reimposes Tangiers lockdown after virus spike

RABAT: Morocco on Monday announced a return to lockdown measures in the northern port city of Tangiers to smother a new outbreak of the novel coronavirus, weeks after easing nationwide restrictions.
The city of about a million inhabitants was locked down from Monday at noon local time, with public transport suspended, cafes and public spaces closed and movement restricted.
Residents are only allowed to leave their homes “in cases of extreme necessity,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement, adding that “exceptional authorization from local authorities” would be required for movement within or beyond the city.
Authorities decided to reimpose the measures to “prevent the spread of the virus” after “new infection clusters” appeared, it said.
The northern city, within sight of the Spanish coast on a clear day, has a vast port and is a key economic hub linking Africa with Europe and beyond.
Morocco had imposed strict nationwide lockdown measures after recording its first COVID-19 cases in March.
It began easing them in June and has since reopened cafes and restaurants, allowing domestic visitors to restart its vital tourism sector.
Its borders remain closed until further notice, except to Moroccans and residents abroad, who will be able to return from Tuesday onwards.
But despite masks being mandatory in public, new localized outbreaks of the disease have forced the shutdown of several cities.
An outbreak at a fish canning factory prompted authorities to lock down Safi, a town of 300,000 on the Atlantic coast, in early July.
The kingdom, with a population of 34 million, has recorded over 15,000 infections including 253 deaths.