Somali pirates seized a Syrian freighter flagged in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines carrying sugar with 24 crew (22 Syrian and 2 Egyptian) in the Gulf of Aden.
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes southeastern Turkey and Syria, killing eight people and injuring 600 others. The earthquake is also felt in Lebanon and Egypt. This aftershock comes fourteen days after the main earthquake killed more than 47,000 people.
Lebanon, Egypt and Syria sign an agreement to supply Egyptian gas to a power plant in northern Lebanon through Syria. However, the World Bank, which is financing the deal, must validate the agreement before it can take effect.
The Aleppo International Airport in Aleppo, Syria, opens to the public for the first time since 2013. Syrian Transport Minister Ali Hammoud says regular commercial flights will begin within days, starting with Cairo, Egypt.
The Russian military launches cruise missile strikes from the Mediterranean on ISIS positions in Al-Raqqah, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's de facto capital in Syria, Aleppo, and Idlib. A U.S. official confirms that Russia has conducted a significant number of strikes in Syria using both sea-launched cruise missiles and long-range bombers. Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to escalate his military campaign in Syria after it was confirmed that a bomb brought down Metrojet Flight 9268 over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.