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Monitor: Fresh Syrian Air Raids Kill Dozens In Douma

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At least 34 people have been killed and more than 200 injured after government war planes carried out the rebel-held suburb on the outskirts of Damascus, activists told Al Jazeera. Activists in Douma told Al Jazeera that air strikes continued through Sunday afternoon, adding that at least four buildings collapsed earlier during the day. Aljazeera reports: air raids on Douma,

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights placed the death toll from Saturday’s air raids at 34, while local activists reported that at least 37 were killed. At least five children were among those killed. The death toll is expected to rise, with Syria’s Civil Defence, a local NGO, saying they are still rescuing people from under the rubble.

The Observatory said government war planes and helicopters hit several residential areas in Douma on Saturday evening. Douma is located in Eastern Ghouta and is part of the Damascus suburb province. The Observatory reported the use of barrel bombs on both Douma and Daraya, which is located in Western Ghouta.

Activists told the Observatory that surface-to-surface missiles were also used by government forces in those areas. In a statement released on Saturday night, the Syrian Civil Defence organisation said airs raids on Douma over the past week have killed more than 200 people and wounded more than 400 others – mostly women and children.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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