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LISBON (AFP) - Portugal will on Saturday (May 1) reopen its land border with Spain and start the fourth and final stage of its programme to ease Covid-19 restrictions, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said on Thursday. The final stage of the country's deconfinement plan would begin 48 hours earlier than planned, he said. "On May 1, we will go into the next phase of deconfinement, with the reopening notably of the border with Spain," he told reporters after a Cabinet meeting. As well as the lifting of the border controls, the final phase of easing the national restrictions would allow the weddings and other gatherings, albeit in venues limited to 50 per cent of their capacity. Sporting activities - both outdoors and indoors - would also be allowed once more. In addition, cafes, restaurants and cultural venues will see their opening hours extended, in particular at weekends. On April 19, Portugal reopened shopping centres, high schools and universities and allowed indoor dining, as part of the third phase after new infections eased off. Secondary schools reopened at the start of April along with outdoor service for cafes and restaurants. Travel restrictions will be maintained
JERUSALEM: A Syrian anti-aircraft missile landed in southern Israel early Thursday, setting off air raid sirens near the country's top-secret nuclear reactor, the Israeli military said. In response, it said it attacked the missile launcher and air-defense systems in neighboring Syria. Israeli media later described the Syrian missile as an "errant" projectile, not a deliberate attack deep inside Israel. In recent years, Israel has repeatedly launched air strikes at Syria, including at military targets linked to foes Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia, both allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Such strikes routinely draw Syrian anti-aircraft fire. Thursday's exchange was unusual because the Syrian projectile landed deep inside Israel. Syria's state news agency SANA said the exchange began with an Israeli air strike on Dumeir, a suburb of the capital of Damascus. Dumeir is believed to house Syrian army installations and batteries as well as bases and weapons depots belonging to Iran-backed militias. SANA said four soldiers were wounded. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitoring group based in Britain that tracks Syria's civil war, said the Israeli strikes hit an air defense base belonging to the Syrian military and destroyed air defense batteries in the