Israeli Missile Strike in Syria; Unidentified Object Crashes in Cyprus; More Counter-ISIS Coalition Troops in Syria
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on July 01 in last 12 hours from BulgarianMilitary.com news team:
Syrian state media – Israeli missile strike kills four civilians
Israeli warplanes fired missiles targeting Syrian military positions in Homs and the Damascus outskirts in an attack that killed at least four civilians and wounded another 21, Reuters reported.
The Syrian military said Syrian air defences had confronted the attack, which was launched from Lebanese airspace.
An Israeli military spokeswoman, asked about the report, said: “We don’t comment on such reports.”
Syrian state-run broadcaster al-Ikhbariya said the four civilians including a baby had been killed in Sahnaya, south of Damascus, as “a result of the Zionist aggression”.
State news agency SANA said an additional 21 people had been wounded. SANA also reported that Syrian air defences had brought down a number of the missiles.
Unidentified object crashes in Cyprus, no casualties – officials
An unidentified object that may have been a missile crashed north of the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, early on Monday, but no one was hurt on the ground, Reuters reported.
Mustafa Akinci, the Turkish Cypriot leader, linked the object to military operations in the Middle East.
Officials were studying debris at the crash site in the Tashkent area, said Kudret Ozersay, foreign minister of Northern Cyprus, a breakaway state recognised only by Turkey.
“According to information I received from our military sources, the cause of the accident that occurred tonight was not … a helicopter or one of our similar vehicles,” Ozersay wrote on Twitter. “Our soldiers, police and firefighters are carrying out inspections and responding at the site.”
He said it was not immediately clear what caused the crash.
Residents told Cypriot media they saw a light in the sky then three loud explosions were heard for miles around. Tashkent is on the foothills of a mountain range rimming northern Cyprus, lying some 20 km (12 miles) northeast of Nicosia.
“Initial findings indicate the object that caused the explosion was either an aircraft carrying explosives or a direct explosive (missile). The writings and signs on the debris will allow us to understand exactly what happened soon,” Ozersay said.
Countries May Begin Backfilling US Troops in Syria Within Weeks, Envoy Says
Several member states of the counter-ISIS coalition are expected to announce within weeks that they will backfill U.S. ground troops withdrawing from Syria, in what would be a major development for President Trump’s desire to limit American military involvement in the conflict, Defense One reported.
“There’s something pending to look forward to. Very pending,” said Amb. Jim Jeffrey, top U.S. envoy to Syria and the counter-ISIS coalition, in an exclusive interview with Defense One on Friday. The envoy declined to reveal which countries he expected to provide the troops, leaving it to individual governments to make their own announcements.
“I would say in the next weeks it is likely we would be more open” to announcements, he said, adding that some countries may elect to participate “quietly, and that’s fine by us.”
Jeffrey also said there is hope for the Geneva peace process, even though just one day earlier Acting U.S. Ambassador to the UN Jonathan Cohen told the Security Council that it was time to scrap the effort.
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Source: Reuters, Defense One