A civil defence official walks amidst the debris of homes following a bombardment in Idlib on Saturday. Agence Frannce-Presse
Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and his Russian counterpart discussed by phone developments in Syria’s Idlib province and measures to reduce tension in the area, the Turkish Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.
Air strikes stopped in northwest Syria over the past 12 hours, rescuers said on Saturday, as Turkey-backed rebels arrived at the fronts to help fight the army and its Russian ally.
At least 10 civilians and 35 combatants, mostly pro-regime forces, were killed on Saturday in clashes and air strikes that erupted at dawn in northwestern Syria, a war monitor said.
The militias are mostly lightly armed, using rudimentary rifles and homemade explosives to fight the well-equipped military, which has been accused by the United Nations of using heavy weapons and air strikes against civilian populations.
The ship, carrying more than 550,000 liters of smuggled fuel, was seized in Gulf waters and escorted to harbour, where it was handed to judicial authorities for the necessary investigations, the agency added.
Ukraine, a major agricultural producer, used to export most of its goods through seaports but since Russia's Feb. 24 invasion it has been forced to export by train via its western border or via its small Danube river ports.
More than 260 Ukrainian fighters — some of them seriously wounded and taken out on stretchers — left the ruins of the Azovstal plant on Monday and turned themselves over to the Russian side in a deal negotiated by the warring parties.