Syria, allies likely targeted civilian sites in rebel stronghold: UN Apr 07, 2020 0 374 12345 DPANew YorkThe Syrian government and its allies are likely behind attacks targeting civilian and medical facilities in north-western Syria, causing deaths, injuries and material damage, UN investigators said, according to a report released on Monday.In August, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres ordered an investigation into the destruction of hospitals, schools and other facilities in Idlib, the last major rebel-held area in Syria.A board of inquiry was tasked with investigating attacks on facilities “on the United Nations’ deconfliction list and United Nations-supported facilities.” According to a summary of the board’s report, investigators “found it highly probable” that the Syrian government and its allies hit three health facilities, a school and a children’s centre in 2019.A Palestinian refugee camp in Aleppo was likely attacked “either by armed opposition groups or by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham,” a militia group close to al-Qaeda, the report said.In all cases, the board said, the evidence was not enough to reach a conclusive finding.Russia, President Bashar al-Assad’s key ally, and Turkey, which supports some rebel groups, have reached ceasefire agreements on Idlib several times in recent years.However, these deals collapsed shortly after as government forces continue their offensive on the area supported by Russian air power.The area is dominated by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. More moderate groups are also fighting there.The violence in Idlib has displaced nearly 1 million people, who have set up refugee camps in areas near the Syrian-Turkish border. A fragile ceasefire has been in place since last month. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Iran says virus infections show ‘gradual’ decline Apr 07, 2020 0 1321 DR Congo confines, disinfects business district to fight virus Apr 07, 2020 0 420 Mosque converted into mask factory in virus-hit Iran Apr 07, 2020 0 169 Rockets land near US oil company Halliburton in Iraq’s Basra Basra: Rockets landed on Monday near the US oil field service company Halliburton in Iraq’s southern city of Basra, causing no casualties or damage, the Iraqi military said. The military said security forces were .. Rights groups condemn deadly attack on Yemen jail AFP Dubai Two international rights groups on Monday condemned an attack on a prison in Yemen’s besieged city of Taez that left six women and a child dead. The internationally-recognised government has accused .. Erdogan says two pandemic hospitals to be built in Istanbul AFP Istanbul Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday two hospitals each with a 1,000 bed capacity, will be built in Istanbul -- the epicentre of coronavirus cases in the country -- to treat infected .. WHO slams ‘racist’ calls for Africa to be vaccine testing ground Geneva: The World Health Organization chief angrily slammed recent comments made by scientists suggesting a vaccine for the new coronavirus should be tested in Africa as “racist” and a hangover from the “colonial .. Zimbabwe police accused of media assault amid lockdown AFP Harare An African media watchdog charged Monday that Zimbabwean police had assaulted a journalist and forced him to delete pictures of them enforcing a COVID-19 lockdown. Freelance journalist Panashe Makufa “was .. Syrian refugee in Lebanon sets himself alight amid economic crisis Beirut: A Syrian man set himself on fire in eastern Lebanon over the weekend, apparently in protest at the lack of work available as a consequence of measures introduced to quell the spread of the new coronavirus. .. Security forces teargas Sudanese ignoring COVID-19 mass assembly ban Khartoum: Hundreds of Sudanese celebrating the country’s first anniversary of the ouster of long-term ruler Omar al-Bashir in the streets of the capital Khartoum were Monday teargassed by security forces as part of .. Northern Mali attack leaves 20 soldiers dead AFP Bamako Around 20 Malian soldiers were killed on Monday in an apparent jihadist attack, officials said, in the latest bout of violence to hit the war-torn West African state. Early Monday morning, militants attacked a ..