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.


Ex-head of Libya's anti-Qaddafi revolt dies of coronavirus

Updated 05 April 2020

Ex-head of Libya's anti-Qaddafi revolt dies of coronavirus

  • Jibril, 68, died in Cairo where he had been hospitalized for two weeks

TRIPOLI: Mahmud Jibril, the former head of the rebel government that overthrew Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, died Sunday of the coronavirus, his party said.
Jibril, 68, died in Cairo where he had been hospitalized for two weeks, said Khaled Al-Mrimi, secretary of the Alliance of National Forces party founded by Jibril in 2012.