A Syrian court has jailed four members of the Kurdish Workers’ party, the PKK.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation in the US and Europe, and is widely blamed for the bombing of a tourist bus in Turkey which killed five people a week ago.
The move will please the US, which has been calling on Syria to crack down on terrorists. The news will also be received warmly in Turkey, which nearly went to war with Syria in 1998 – blaming it for harbouring members of the PKK. At that time the PKK had offices in Syria.
Meanwhile an earthquake has hit the Hatay province of Turkey on the border with Syria. Hatay was part of Syria until it was annexed around the time of Syria’s independence. Hatay is to the North West of Syria, along the coast – near to Lattaqia and Aleppo. There are no reported casualties.