Saturday, February 22, 2020

Syria: Russia accuses Turkey of shelling Syrian army to help militants

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Russia accused Turkey on Thursday of providing artillery support to militants fighting the Syrian army and said militants briefly broke through Syrian military positions in Idlib, Russian news agencies reported.

Russia’s air force carried out strikes on pro-Turkish militants who burst through Syrian government positions in two areas of Idlib province, allowing the Syrian army to repel the attacks, the ministry was cited as saying.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

South Sudan: Former rebel leader Riek Machar agrees to form national unity government with President Salva Kiir

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South Sudan’s former rebel leader Riek Machar said he has agreed to form a unity government with President Salva Kiir following a meeting at state buildings on Thursday. “We had a meeting with the president on the outstanding issues. We have agreed to form the government on 22 February,” Machar said. President Kiir confirmed the agreement.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 but plunged into a civil war in 2013 when President Kiir sacked his then-deputy Machar, who went on to lead a rebel faction.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Libya: Government of National Accord (GNA) suspending ceasefire talks after Tripoli port attack

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Libya’s internationally recognised government has said it is suspending its participation in ceasefire negotiations hosted by the United Nations in Geneva, hours after an attack by renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar’s forces on the capital’s port.

In a statement late on Tuesday, the presidential council of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) said it would respond firmly to the attack at the appropriate time.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Central African Republic: 12 Popular Front for the Renaissance of Central Africa (FPRC) militia fighters killed in clashes with Central African and UN troops in Birao

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Twelve members of an armed group were killed in clashes with United Nations peacekeepers and government troops in northeastern Central African Republic, the government said on Tuesday.

The fighting erupted on Sunday after the Popular Front for the Renaissance of Central Africa (FPRC) entered the flashpoint town of Birao from three directions before being repelled, government spokesperson Ange-Maxime Kazagui said in a statement.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Syria: Pro-Assad forces bomb 2 hospitals in rural Aleppo as clashes intensify

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Relentless bombing by the Syrian government and Russian forces has targeted towns, villages and two hospitals in northwest Syria, as Turkish officials in Moscow desperately seek a ceasefire.

Territory in the Idlib and Aleppo countrysides is falling fast to forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, which on Monday said they had captured dozens of towns as they continue to push ahead with an offensive.

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