Several injured as Russo-Turkish patrol in Syria hits IED

A fireball erupts from the site of an explosion reportedly targeting a joint Turkis-Russian patrol on the strategic M4 highway, near the Syrian town of Ariha in the rebel-held northwestern Idlib province, on July 14, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 14 July 2020

Several injured as Russo-Turkish patrol in Syria hits IED

  • A Russian and a Turkish armored vehicle were damaged, with three Russians “lightly injured”
  • Several Turkish soldiers were also wounded

MOSCOW: Three Russian and several Turkish soldiers were injured Tuesday in Syria’s volatile Idlib province when a joint military patrol hit an improvised explosive device, the Russian defense ministry said.
The device blew up at 8:50 local time (0550 GMT) as their convoy patrolled the M4 highway in the southern part of a de-escalation zone, a statement said.
A Russian and a Turkish armored vehicle were damaged, with three Russians “lightly injured,” it said. Several Turkish soldiers were also wounded.
Russia and Turkey launched the patrols along the M4 in March following a cease-fire agreement aimed at stopping heavy fighting in and around Idlib, the last major bastion of anti-government forces in Syria’s civil war.
Russia backs Syrian President Bashar Assad in the conflict and Turkey backs the opposition, but the two countries have agreed several deals to reduce hostilities.


Algeria to lift some travel curbs, shorten curfew

Updated 08 August 2020

Algeria to lift some travel curbs, shorten curfew

  • In June, Algeria resumed some economic activity, mainly in the construction and public works sectors
  • The new measures include lifting a travel ban between 29 provinces until the end of the month

ALGIERS: Algeria will further ease its coronavirus lockdown on Sunday, shortening an overnight curfew and lifting some travel curbs, the government said.
The North African country has recorded 34,155 coronavirus infections and 1,282 deaths.
In June, Algeria resumed some economic activity, mainly in the construction and public works sectors, and allowed the reopening of some businesses.
The new measures include lifting a travel ban between 29 provinces until the end of the month. A curfew for those provinces will be shortened to 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. during the same period, the government said.
The authorities in July ended curfew and travel restrictions for the remaining 19 provinces.