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Israel financing vaccine for Syria to secure prisoner's release: report
Israeli officials secretly agreed to finance coronavirus vaccines for Syria in exchange for the release of an Israeli woman arrested for illegally entering Syria, The New York Times reported Sunday.Under the terms of the deal, Israel will pay Russia, a backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, to ship the Russian-produced vaccine to Syria.In an interview Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not directly deny the arrangement, only saying no Israeli vaccines would be shipped to Syria and that he was "glad" the Israeli citizen had been freed."I won't add any more," Netanyahu said after thanking Russian President Vladimir Putin.
SYRIA-SECURITY-RUSSIA-HELICOPTER: A Russian helicopter crashed in Syria
AMMAN / MOSCOW ( Reuters) - A Russian Mi-35 helicopter made an emergency landing in northeastern Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday, as Syrian state media reported a crash and the pilot's death.
"The crew was quickly evacuated and the pilots' vital prognosis is not engaged," assured the ministry in a statement quoted by the RIA agency.
The incident, caused by a technical problem, according to the ministry, occurred in the province of Hassaka, near the town of Tal Tamr which hosts a Russian base, the Syrian press said.
(Suleiman Al-Khalidi in Amman and Maria Tsvetkova in Moscow, French version Tangi Salaün)
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