SUNDAY LOCAL LANGUAGE PAPERS
Syria announces executions of 24 people charged with lighting wildfires
Syria announces that it has executed 24 people for the crime of lighting wildfires in Daraa.
The government said that the convicts were found guilty of throwing petrol bombs at trees in their fields in 2010.
The executions are said to have been carried out on Friday.
In recent years, President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has made a number of announcements about the deaths of “terrorist” convicts.
UNICEF workers killed in Damascus
In Syria, a U.N. aid convoy has come under fire in Damascus, killing at least 12 workers for UNICEF and others, Syrian activists say.
“A car loaded with guns stopped our convoy of trucks and heavy guns were fired at the trucks, which were full of vital supplies for Syria’s children,” they said.
The UN does not confirm the claims, but it says it is “gravely concerned” about the incident and that it is in contact with the Syrian authorities.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and said that it was “most shocking to witness such crimes against children” in Syria.
He also called on all parties to protect aid convoys, just two weeks after a bomb killed 20 people who were delivering aid in Idlib, the province where these latest victims were working.