Russian Missile Corvette Into Mediterranean Sea; Syrian Air Strike on a Village; Illegal Arms Trade in Italy
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on July 17 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Russia’s Black Sea Fleet confirms missile corvette’s passage into Mediterranean Sea
The missile corvette Uglich of the Caspian Flotilla has passed through the Black Sea straits and joined the Russian Navy’s Mediterranean permanent taskforce, the press office of the Black Sea Fleet reported on Tuesday, TASS reported.
“The Caspian Flotilla’s small missile ship Uglich has completed its passage through the Black Sea’s Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits and joined the Navy’s permanent taskforce in the Mediterranean Sea,” the press office said in a statement.
The missile corvette Uglich has joined the Russian Navy’s Mediterranean Squadron “on a planned rotating basis,” the Black Sea Fleet specified.
A source in the Crimean defense circles told TASS earlier on Tuesday that the Caspian Flotilla’s Project 21631 cruise missile corvette Uglich had passed through the Black Sea straits and entered the Mediterranean Sea.
The missile corvette Uglich earlier made a transit from the Caspian to the Black Sea through the Russian internal waterways, the source said.
Syrian air strike on village market kill at least 12 – rescuers
At least 12 people were killed and scores wounded on Tuesday in aerial strikes believed to have been carried out by the Syrian air force on a popular market in a village in opposition-held northwestern Syria, rescuers and residents said, Reuters reported.
Residents and rescuers said bombs dropped on Maar Shoreen village in southern Idlib province by planes which monitors said were Syrian army jets left a trail of death and destruction and wounded scores in a main street of the village’s market.
Videos released on social media by activists purportedly showed footage of charred bodies lying on the streets alongside badly burnt people being carried by rescuers. Reuters was unable immediately to independently verify the footage.
Hundreds of civilians have been killed since a Russian-led assault on the last rebel bastion in northwestern Syria began nearly two months ago, rights groups and rescuers said.
The Russian defence ministry denies it targets civilians and Syrian state media said the army on Tuesday launched strikes on al Qaeda militants in the vicinity of Maar Shoreen, destroying their bases and killing scores of “terrorists”.
Missile seized in Italy sold to third country in 1994: Qatar
A missile once owned by the Qatari army and seized by police in Italy among other weapons was sold to a third country in 1994, Doha said Tuesday, France 24 reported.
“Qatar is working very closely now with the pertinent parties, including Italy, to unveil the facts and it is very concerned as to how a missile sold 25 years ago ended up in the hands of a third non-state party,” said foreign ministry spokeswoman Lolwah al-Khater on Twitter.
Police arrested three people, including Fabio Del Bergiolo, 50, a former candidate for the neo-fascist Forza Nuova party, whose home was found to contain a huge stash of arms as well as neo-Nazi propaganda and Hitler memorabilia.
“During the operation, an air-to-air missile in perfect working order and used by the Qatari army was seized,” police said of the 245-kilogramme (540-pound) Matra missile.
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Source: TASS, Reuters