Syria cease-fire has failed as civilians killed daily: UN rights boss

Approximately 350,000 Syrian have sought shelter in border areas near Turkey, the United Nations said on Thursday. (File/AFP)
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Updated 17 January 2020

Syria cease-fire has failed as civilians killed daily: UN rights boss

  • Around 350,000 Syrians have fled a renewed Russian-backed offensive in the opposition-held Idlib province since early December

GENEVA: United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called on Friday for an immediate cessation of hostilies in Idlib, saying that the latest Syrian cease-fire had “yet again failed to protect civilians.”

“It is deeply distressing that civilians are still being killed on a daily basis in missile strikes from both the air and ground,” Bachelet said in a statement on the cease-fire, which was due to be implemented nearly a week ago.

Around 350,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, have fled a renewed Russian-backed offensive in the opposition-held Idlib province since early December, and have sought shelter in border areas near Turkey, the United Nations said on Thursday.


Coronavirus cases reported in Egypt jump by more than 100

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Coronavirus cases reported in Egypt jump by more than 100

CAIRO: The number of cases of the new coronavirus detected in Egypt jumped by more than 100 for the first time on Friday, bringing total infections to 985, the health ministry said.
The ministry said in a statement that 120 new cases had been discovered, and that eight new deaths had been recorded. That brought the total number of deaths to 66.
Egyptian officials have said that once the number of known infections surpasses 1,000, the task of tracing contacts and quarantining those affected would become harder.
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has said the next week will be critical in Egypt’s efforts to contain the illness.