Russia calls reports of Syrians fleeing Idlib for Turkey false

The ministry said that Turkey had brought large amounts of military hardware and ammunition into Idlib in recent weeks. (File/AFP)
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Updated 21 February 2020

Russia calls reports of Syrians fleeing Idlib for Turkey false

  • The ministry issued its comments in a statement, saying it had been using drones and other resources to monitor the situation in Idlib

MOSCOW: Russia’s Defense Ministry on Friday said reports that hundreds of thousands of Syrians were fleeing Idlib in the direction of Turkey were false and urged Ankara to allow Idlib residents to enter other parts of Syria.

The ministry issued its comments in a statement, saying it had been using drones and other resources to monitor the situation in Idlib.

It also said that Turkey had brought large amounts of military hardware and ammunition into Idlib in recent weeks.


Protective of religious beards, Israel to produce fitted face masks

Updated 06 April 2020

Protective of religious beards, Israel to produce fitted face masks

  • As part of measures to combat the epidemic, Israeli authorities last week told people to cover their mouths and noses in public
  • A spokesman for Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has said it might consider issuing a ruling permitting religious Jews to shave

JERUSALEM: Israelis who have beards for religious reasons will get the option of custom-made face masks to protect them from the coronavirus rather than being told to shave, a government official said on Monday.
As part of measures to combat the epidemic, Israeli authorities last week told people to cover their mouths and noses in public.
Many of the country’s Jews and Muslims, and some Christian clergymen, wear beards as a mark of faith, and the order raised questions as to how facial hair would be accommodated.
Health Ministry deputy director-general Itamar Grotto said masks would be adapted accordingly.
“We are creating an industrial certification for masks, which means that in a few days there will really be masks of different sizes,” he told Army Radio.
.”..(So) those with beards will be able to use the appropriate masks.”
A spokesman for Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has said it might consider issuing a ruling permitting religious Jews to shave if the ministry were to deem it necessary.
Grotto said seeking a rabbinical dispensation to remove facial hair was “not on the agenda right now.”