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06 Jun 2019 description

YEREVAN -- Armenia says it has sent a new team of demining experts and other personnel to Syria as part of what it describes as a humanitarian mission with the assistance of Russia.

The Defense Ministry said on June 5 that the group arrived in the northwestern city of Aleppo the previous day, and will conduct mine-clearing efforts and provide medical assistance.

They are replacing a team of 83 demining experts, medical personnel, and security officers who were sent to Syria in February.

25 May 2019 description

Heavy rains in many parts of Afghanistan have triggered flooding, killing at least 24 people and injuring 11 others in the past 48 hours, officials said on May 25.

According to the Ministry for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs, the flooding has affected six of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, including the capital, Kabul.

In central Bamyan Province’s Sheber district, some 500 people were reported to have been rescued as water levels rose there.

According to AP, floods have destroyed more than 220 homes over the past two days.

23 May 2019 description

Serbian authorities said two migrants died and two others were in serious condition after hiding in a tanker truck near the border with Hungary.

The men were discovered on May 21 in northern Serbia when the truck driver opened the tank and saw them lying unconscious.

Hospital officials in Novi Sad told RFE/RL’s Balkan Service that the migrants suffered heatstroke and suffocation. One died on May 22 and the other died overnight. The two others are in intensive care.

According to the Serbian Interior Ministry, at least two of the migrants were from Afghanistan.

15 Apr 2019 description

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has approved drawing up to $2 billion from the country's National Development Fund as a last resort for aid and reconstruction after catastrophic floods, state media reported on April 15.

The government said on April 14 that the floods had caused an estimated $2.5 billion in damage to roads, bridges, homes, and farmland. The floods, Iran's worst in 70 years, had killed at least 76 people and forced more than 220,000 into emergency shelters, the government told lawmakers.

07 Apr 2019 description

Greek police clashed for the third day in a row with hundreds of migrants at the border with North Macedonia who are seeking a route to Central Europe.

Police reported on April 6 that they fired tear gas and stun grenades at some of the migrants after many had thrown rocks at officers.

Authorities say the clashes have been triggered by false reports spreading on social media that restrictions on travel to Central Europe have been lifted.

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