Friday 23 March 2018

Gunmen kill at least 40 Syrian soldiers as they flee to the border

By Isabel Coles

UNINDENTIFIED gunmen killed at least 40 Syrian soldiers and government employees who were being taken to the Syrian border by Iraqi authorities. The soldiers had been fleeing into Iraq from a Syrian rebel attack, Iraqi officials said.

The attack on the convoy carrying the Syrians occurred in Iraq's westerly Anbar province, they said.

The Iraqi officials said some 65 Syrian soldiers and government officials had handed themselves over to Iraqi authorities on Friday after anti-government rebels seized the Syrian side of the Yaarabiya frontier crossing.

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